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nwtv20038,395 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today
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)


That aside it didn’t stop Gold when it was G.O.L.D showing Neighbours for a short while. But I think that was more to see an out an existing agreement rather than put old episodes of Neighbours onto Watch for a few weeks or months.
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JKDerry1,973 posts since 15 Oct 2016
UTV Newsline
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)


That aside it didn’t stop Gold when it was G.O.L.D showing Neighbours for a short while. But I think that was more to see an out an existing agreement rather than put old episodes of Neighbours onto Watch for a few weeks or months.

Some would say Neighbours is comedy in some ways
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james-20015,291 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
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)


That aside it didn’t stop Gold when it was G.O.L.D showing Neighbours for a short while. But I think that was more to see an out an existing agreement rather than put old episodes of Neighbours onto Watch for a few weeks or months.

Yep, they basically dramatically increased the amount of episodes they showed and ran it for the a few months after the change until they reached the point the show moved to Channel 5. They were running Charlie's Angels very briefly after the G.O.L.D. rebrand as well.

And now I've been reminded of the awful "made by the BBC, shown by G.O.L.D." continuity announcement they had for a while. And for some reason was also used before repeats of The New Statseman even though (bar a couple of specials) it was an ITV show.

Also a few years ago, they seemed like they were getting into older US sitcoms as well, we had Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie (though sadly the colourised versions of the black & white episodes of those two shows), Happy Days and Cheers, but we had no more since, which is a bit of a shame. May have been the Scripps 50% ownership which put the shows on there. I wish we had channels showing old 50s/60s/70s US shows, like they do in America.
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DeMarkay526 posts since 29 Oct 2015
London London
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)


That aside it didn’t stop Gold when it was G.O.L.D showing Neighbours for a short while. But I think that was more to see an out an existing agreement rather than put old episodes of Neighbours onto Watch for a few weeks or months.

Yep, they basically dramatically increased the amount of episodes they showed and ran it for the a few months after the change until they reached the point the show moved to Channel 5. They were running Charlie's Angels very briefly after the G.O.L.D. rebrand as well.

And now I've been reminded of the awful "made by the BBC, shown by G.O.L.D." continuity announcement they had for a while. And for some reason was also used before repeats of The New Statseman even though (bar a couple of specials) it was an ITV show.

Also a few years ago, they seemed like they were getting into older US sitcoms as well, we had Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie (though sadly the colourised versions of the black & white episodes of those two shows), Happy Days and Cheers, but we had no more since, which is a bit of a shame. May have been the Scripps 50% ownership which put the shows on there. I wish we had channels showing old 50s/60s/70s US shows, like they do in America.


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London Lite10,793 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
Just to ask Is the UKTV name staying since BBC now controls it all? Also what's the deal with the UKTV stings on the Food network?


UKTV is staying as a subsidiary of BBC Studios.

Part of the sale of the former UKTV channels to Discovery was that UKTV's sales provider Channel 4 would continue to sell airtime on Really, Home and Good Food, with the merger of GF with Food Network, I'd assume UKTV trails and ads are now under that part of the agreement.
Brekkie32,259 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
Dave showing a series of Tarantino films on Fridays and Saturdays, something you don't generally associate with UKTV. I'm (very much) guessing they may be sub licenced from the BBC or C4.
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