Sony's former music channels, now owned by TRACE Music are set to undergo a major overhaul this November!
Chart Show TV will become TRACE Urban, so the end of an era for this channel. Also the pop/top 40 music will be dropped for more R&B/grime/rap videos.
The Vault will become TRACE Vault, with music and shows from the past 20 years including Nickelodeon's Kenan and Kel.
And finally, Chart Show Hits is turning Latin as it becomes TRACE Latina, the first ever channel in the UK dedicated to Latino music.
The fate of Starz however is still unknown, but TRACE Music did state a rebrand of the channel in October was on its way in a statement to Ofcom earlier this year, as part of an investigation by the regulator over a breach in UK broadcasting rules made while the station was still owned by Sony. A recap of what happened to cause this breach is down below.
The first article only confirms that The Vault will rebrand as Trace Vault.
It doesn't actually confirm which channels will rebrand as Trace Urban and Trace Latina.
They may decide to keep Chart Show TV, and rebrand Chart Show Hits and Starz.
When they removed the interactive service from Starz, although they said it would return in the autumn, that doesn't necessarily mean that it will.
It's also possible that this will be a full rebrand of all of their channels, meaning that one of them will close, most likely Starz.
Last edited by kernow on 8 September 2019 7:23pm