30 August 2004

Premier Radio fully launches on Freeview

Premier Christian Radio has fully launched on Freeview channel 96 following audio testing. In other news, ABC1 has begun video testing on channel 15.
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28 August 2004

ABC1 appears on Freeview

Channel 15 in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland is now showing an information screen advising viewers that ABC1 launches on Monday September 27. The channel has disappeared from the EPG in Wales and there are reports that SDN has no plans to transmit ABC1 in the Principality.
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23 August 2004

talkSPORT, Premier launch on Freeview

talkSPORT and Premier Christian Radio have launched on Freeview on channels 94 and 96 respectively. A third station, 3C is expected to launch in the Autumn.
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11 August 2004

Mystery placeholders appear

Three new placeholders from multiplex C have today appeared on Freeview, but without allocated LCNs only certain boxes are receiving and storing them. It's thought they are for three new radio services: talkSPORT, Premier Radio and 3C (Continuous Cool Country).
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04 August 2004

ABC1 to launch in September

Digital Spy reports Disney's new Freeview channel ABC1 will launch in September. The channel was originally due to launch in "winter 2003" but has been delayed while Disney reconsidered the channel's content. ABC1 will be on air between 06:00 and 18:00, initially time-sharing with part of the Top Up TV subscription service before eventually broadcasting 24 hours. It will launch exclusively on Freeview and will not carry advertisements for the first few months.
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ITV3 to launch on Freeview

MediaGuardian reports that ITV's new 'oldies' channel ITV3 is to be a free channel on Freeview, satellite and cable when it launches in November. The decision not to charge viewers for the channel comes after months of negotiations with BSkyB, who are thought to have wanted an equity stake in ITV3 in return for featuring the channel in its line-up of subscription channels.
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