BSkyB to close Bravo and Channel One (aka Virgin 1)


That didn’t take long. Sky bought Virgin 1 and other channels in the summer. Virgin 1 is home to Chuck and Warehouse 13 (Freeview Channel 20). Now Sky is closing Channel 1 and looks to be replacing it on Channel 20 with Challenge, a quiz channel.

It was decided that Channel One, which was rebranded from Virgin 1 in August following BSkyB’s acquisition of Living TV Group for £160m in July, was too similar to Sky3, which it sits alongside as a free-to-air channel on Freeview.

BSkyB intends to “redeploy” the channels’ programming, with pay-TV shows moving to other Sky channels and free-to-air fare mostly moving to Sky3.

via BSkyB to close Bravo and Channel One | Media |

I wonder if Chuck and Warehouse 13 will survive the move.