On this very day 30 years ago sky network was launched:
* Sky Channel, later renamed Sky One;
* Eurosport, a joint-venture between the European Broadcast Union and News International;
* Sky Movies, a fee-based all-film channel;
* Sky News, a 24-hour news channel.
I believe you were also able to pick up a few other channels like The children's channel, MTV and Landscape.
It was an ambitious plan , cost over £100million to start with all because Murdoch never got the IBA approved contract which of course went to BSB.
The 5th channel, Disney never got of the table and we had to wait another 6 years. The Sky channel was overhauled to be more UK focused, which I have to say might have been a bad idea to start with, since over 8million across the EU watched the channel, but its fate was sealed On 31 July 1989, when it was was renamed Sky One and closed in most European countries.
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