17 October 2008

Discovery Channel grab Freeview slot

The Discovery Channel will be launching a channel on Freeview early next year after successfully bidding for a slot on multiplex A. The new channel, whose title is still undecided, will be Discovery's first free-to-air offering. Exact details are unknown, but it's estimated that they are paying around £10 million a year for the slot. At this stage, it's unclear whether the new channel will be replacing Bid TV, or if it will occupy the space vacated by Five when it moves to a public service broadcasting multiplex in preparation for switchover.