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Kunst403 posts since 29 Jun 2016
BBC World News
And what about HD? Will Food Network at least be HD?

It seems strange Sky in particular is getting so behind with HD, when a European provider like CanalSat has almost all of its channels in HD, and Discovery just launched the majority of its FTA channels in HD in Italy (inc. Food Network)
Alan de Robson137 posts since 8 Aug 2012
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Very bad move. Good food prided itself on UK programming and was a class act working to a select market.

The last thing we need is more crass and cheap American programming where the food is secondary to the format.


Agreed, Nigel. I am a bit gutted about Good Food closing.

It was accidentally turning over to watch a re-run of the wonderful French Odyssey that got me into Rick Stein and into UKTV Food, as it was called then. Class channel with a strong British commissioning focus.
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Kunst403 posts since 29 Jun 2016
BBC World News
IMO the UKTV split should never have happened. It's a bit sad to see a good brand like Good Food becoming absorbed by a more banal "Food Network"

At least I hope the emphasis will be on UK productions, as it's the case for Italian productions on Food Network Italy (US food stuff hardly works here LOL)
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Ne1L C1,049 posts since 11 Sep 2011
IMO the UKTV split should never have happened. It's a bit sad to see a good brand like Good Food becoming absorbed by a more banal "Food Network"

At least I hope the emphasis will be on UK productions, as it's the case for Italian productions on Food Network Italy (US food stuff hardly works here LOL)


I agree specifically with G.O.L.D. UK Gold was a far better channel.
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Kunst403 posts since 29 Jun 2016
BBC World News
For me G.O.L.D. was bad, but the current GOLD branding-wise is fine

They definitely have more fun with the graphics compared to the UKTV era Smile

I'm not saying they should go back to a unified UKTV branding, just that splitting the company was bad
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08tom636 posts since 24 Nov 2007
Good Food I guess is still a BBC brand and discovery were renting it as part of the deal. So after a certain amount of time I guess the BBC could bring it back. All depends on the details of the deal. It might be worth UKTV considering and Bright Ideas Channel with a mix of home, garden and food programming. Just an idea.
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kernow1,308 posts since 18 Jan 2006
G.O.L.D. was a terrible attempt at trying to keep a former famous brand (UK Gold) and shoehorn it into a new format. It was supposed to stand for ‘Go On Laugh Daily’ and the announcers actually called it Gee Oh Ell Dee!



G.O.L.D. was something they were forced into, due to not being able to use the GOLD name at the time, which I believe was due to Gold radio, who they later reached an agreement with.

At the time, they would have either had to keep it as UKTV Gold (which would have been a bit odd if all the other channels had rebranded), or rename it as something completely different, so G.O.L.D. was a compromise.
Inspector Sands13,761 posts since 25 Aug 2004
I hadn't realised the thing about Gold the radio network, it rebranded the year before UKTV Gold did.

The change to the acronym was also to signify that it was a comedy channel, after all theres no link between the word' gold' and comedy. It was a way of trying to stop people asking why Eastenders wasn't on any more (though I remember when Paramount Channel became Paramount Comedy Channel and people still asked them to show wrestling)