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Robert Williams773 posts since 25 Jan 2003
London London
UK Gold should have remained two channels (UK Gold + Uk Gold 2), with possibly a +1 for each.

UK Gold 2 wasn't much of a channel, though - it was only came on at 6pm and simply timeshifted UK Gold's daytime schedule to the evening. Its predecessor UK Gold Classics might have been more interesting, but it got the chop after only about six months at a time that very few people had access to it anyway.
nwtv20038,533 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today
UK Gold should have remained two channels (UK Gold + Uk Gold 2), with possibly a +1 for each.

UK Gold 2 wasn't much of a channel, though - it was only came on at 6pm and simply timeshifted UK Gold's daytime schedule to the evening. Its predecessor UK Gold Classics might have been more interesting, but it got the chop after only about six months at a time that very few people had access to it anyway.


I believe UK Gold Classics only ran on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only I believe. As you say it closed when anyone barely noticed it’s existence.
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TCOTV729 posts since 24 Nov 2007
Gold should become a comedy and entertainment channel to add more variety. Buying Challenge and merging it into Gold could be away of doing it. I think the likely hood is some game shows will move to Pick and Challenge goes.
JetixFann450696 posts since 25 Mar 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland
Although a controversial thought in mind, what about simply merging W and Gold? W, although previously named as the more logical, yet hard-to-Google name "Watch", essentially has become what more or less is considered just a Doctor Who re-run channel, with the occasional push for women's programming. When originally, the purpose of Watch was essentially recent archival programming mixed in with original produced programmes.

Why not simply try to relaunch the format of UK Gold and continually broadcast new commisions as time goes on so that the channel doesn't end up becoming a stale re-run channel like how W has been with Doctor Who? With the newly remerged channel, I feel like it could work, what with the new BritBox coming along I think with the new channel they could co-exist, maybe rebroadcast BritBox commisions once they have had their run.
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TellyTime200 posts since 9 Jan 2017
Although a controversial thought in mind, what about simply merging W and Gold? W, although previously named as the more logical, yet hard-to-Google name "Watch", essentially has become what more or less is considered just a Doctor Who re-run channel, with the occasional push for women's programming. When originally, the purpose of Watch was essentially recent archival programming mixed in with original produced programmes.

Why not simply try to relaunch the format of UK Gold and continually broadcast new commisions as time goes on so that the channel doesn't end up becoming a stale re-run channel like how W has been with Doctor Who? With the newly remerged channel, I feel like it could work, what with the new BritBox coming along I think with the new channel they could co-exist, maybe rebroadcast BritBox commisions once they have had their run.


I'm guessing you've not actually looked at the listings for W.

The schedule mainly consists of:

Emily Atack: Adulting
Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over
Emma Willis: Delivering Babies
Finding Joy
The Wedding Fixer
Sun, Sea and Brides to Be
My Dream Home
Renovate My Home
Property Brothers
Code Black
999 Rescue Squad
Inside the Ambulance
Great Ormond Street
Never Seen A Doctor
Tipping Point

It's completely incompatible with the sort of content on Gold.

Anyway, as this thread is supposed to be about Sky's new channels, not UKTV, this conversation should really be elsewhere.
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Inspector Sands14,549 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Although a controversial thought in mind, what about simply merging W and Gold?

Why not simply try to relaunch the format of UK Gold

Because single genre channels are the way these days. Gold is a comedy channel and has been for a long time. Chucking a load of non comedy shows on it dilutes that.

That's why W/Watch has always struggled, it can't be categorised and marketed easily
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all new Phil3,533 posts since 12 Feb 2005
Granada North West Today
Although a controversial thought in mind, what about simply merging W and Gold?

Why not simply try to relaunch the format of UK Gold

Because single genre channels are the way these days. Gold is a comedy channel and has been for a long time. Chucking a load of non comedy shows on it dilutes that.

That's why W/Watch has always struggled, it can't be categorised and marketed easily

Quite. Multi-genre channels outside of the big 5 have never worked.
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JAS844,550 posts since 26 Aug 2010
Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
And now they have lost the lifestyle channels to Discovery, they want to use W more as a lifestyle channel I guess
Yeah, that makes sense. Doctor Who, which I see is indeed no longer in the schedule, was probably being shown a lot as the rights were about to expire. It no longer needs to air reruns on linear TV at all, considering every episode from 2005's Rose to 2020's The Timeless Children are on BBC iPlayer without an expiry date. It certainly is no longer a show that would attract viewers to their non-Freeview channels for that reason - if they did air it again, it should be on Dave or Drama.