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Final Music Channel Research

  1. 1. Music Channel Research MTV Base is a digital television channel which began in the United Kingdom on July 1, 1999. Since then localised digital broadcast versions for the African Continent and France have launched. The pan-European channel is also available in digital television in the United Kingdom and through digital providers in the Republic of Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands. The channel in Africa plays all genres of music appealing to the primary youth and young adult audience including rap, hip-hop, R&B, Rock, Alternative, Afrobeat, Kwaito, Reggae and many other genres from the African continent, USA and other urban hotspots. MTV Base Africa also hosts a local awards show and local events. Q TV is a UK music channel based on Q Magazine, launched in 2000. It is operated by Box Television, and specialises in indie, rock and alternative. In common with other EMAP channels, Q was originally a jukebox channel, where music video selections made were by the viewers using premium rate phone lines; however this element was dropped in 2004. It is only available on digital satellite and cable. For a few years much of the prime time output of the channel was instead given over to FHM TV, based on another magazine (also by EMAP), which specialises mainly on female R&B and pop groups. However in October 2007 the FHM TV block on Q was dropped and now Q broadcasts its full hours again. Kiss TV is a commercial music television channel from Box Television available on the Sky Digital and Virgin Media digital TV platforms. The playlist is predominantly mainstream Urban Pop, Dance and R&B, although since its relaunch in Summer 2006, (and the launch of a sister channel Q TV) it has begun to focus more on dance music once again. It is based on the format of the Bauer owned London radio station Kiss 100, which started as a pirate radio station in London in 1985. Kiss TV celebrated the 20th Anniversary since the launch in 2005. The original incarnation of Kiss TV was the brainchild of Guy Wingate who, as an original co-creator of London's Kiss 100 (in its pirate days) was brought back in to head up EMAP's fledgling TV division by the more-widely known Kiss chief, Gordon
  2. 2. McNamee (Mac). The channel ran for one hour a night on the Mirror Group's L!VE TV cable circuit and after a year moved up to the Granada satellite and cable platform, taking a similar slot in the evening. Although the original idea came in 1993 (three years after Kiss FM launched as a legal station), it took many months for Wingate to convince the UK Television regulators to permit the extension of a brand name over to television. When the permission finally came, Kiss had once again innovated by becoming the first "Masthead" TV project in the UK. Within one year, the station was tampering with MTV in its time slots and gained a cult status for its low-budget edgy coverage of the UK dance music scene. Presenters included legendary DJs such as Radio 1's Judge Jules. By the time it was a year-old, it had attracted major sponsorship from blue-chip brands such as Levi's, Sony Consumer Products and The Guardian newspaper. It is now part of subscription packages on all platforms. It is part of a boquet of channels owned by Box Television, (a joint venue between Bauer, and Channel 4) which includes 4 Music, Kerrang! TV, Smash Hits, Q, The Box, and Magic. Channel 4 is a UK public-service television broadcaster which began working on November 2, 1982. Although commercially self-funded, it is ultimately publicly owned; originally a subsidiary of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), the station owned now and operated by the Channel Four Television Corporation, a public body established in 1990, coming into operation in 1993. Over recent years 4Music has risen, showing new single releases, as well as other music shows frequently broadcast across T4, Channel 4 and E4. 2007 saw its own logo being devised and since then has had many themed weekends dedicated to a current band or performer. On Sundays, Channel 4's 4Music strand aired between 17:00 and midnight on The Hits. The first 'episode' was presented by the most successful female act of the century Sugababes, however 4Music Sundays were meant to feature live acts and also The Shockwaves Album Chart Show. On 20 February 2008, it was announced that The Hits was to be rebranded as 4Music later in the year, and on 15 August 2008, Channel 4 replaced The Hits with 4Music. 4Music is available on Sky Digital 360, Virgin 330 and Free view 18.
  3. 3. Box Television In July 2007 Channel 4 bought 50% of Box Television Ltd for £28 m from Emap plc. It has since emerged that, as a result of Emap's decision to sell off its divisions in a break-up sale of the group, Channel 4 may be interested in acquiring the remaining half of the business. Box TV operates 7 music TV stations (4Music, The Box, Smash Hits, Kerrang!, Q, Kiss and Magic). Emap's stake in Box Television Limited was transferred to new owners, Bauer Consumer Media, following Bauer's acquisition of Emap's publishing and radio businesses VH1 (known as VH-1: Video Hits One from 1985 to 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American cable television network based in New York City. Launched on January 1, 1985 in the old space of Turner Broadcasting's short-lived Cable Music Channel, the original purpose of the channel was to build on the success of MTV by playing music videos, but targeting a slightly older demographic than its sister channel, focusing on the lighter, softer side of popular music. The channel was originally created by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owner of MTV. Both VH1 and its sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division of corporate parent Viacom. While VH1 still occasionally plays music videos and the Top 20 Video Countdown, its more recent claim to fame has been in the area of music-related reality programming, such as Behind the Music. The Box is a music television channel in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The channel is one of many within the Box Television network, a joint venue between Channel 4 and Bauer Group. The channel mainly broadcasts music videos, although it also features other music-related programming. The channel broadcasts 24 hours a day with Teleshopping shown late at night. The channel was brought to the United Kingdom by Vincent Monsey (of Radio Caroline fame) and his partner Liz Laskowski, who discovered the channel in Miami in 1991 as The Jukebox Network. The UK Company, Video Jukebox Network International Limited, was formed in 1991 and the channel was launched in 1992 as THE BOX in the early days of cable television, carried by four operators United Artist, Telewest in London and Bristol, Nynex in the south of England, and Videotron which is also based in London.
  4. 4. Comparisson Back in the day, MTV was all about music videos, but today it's more focused on reality TV. Whilst the majority of viewers warmed to this, there were still plenty of people who liked non-stop music vids, and that birthed MTV2. Funnily enough, this channel now features other programming too, but there is a higher percentage related to music videos than on MTV. Back in the day, MTV was all about music videos, but today it's more focused on reality TV. Whilst the majority of viewers warmed to this, there were still plenty of people who liked non-stop music vids, and that birthed MTV2. Funnily enough, this channel now features other programming too, but there is a higher percentage related to music videos than on MTV. MTV2 play mainly indie, rock type music. They play all the latest videos from the latest alternative bands. If you’re into your pop music, this isn't for you! So MTV2 plays bands such as Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Oasis, Kings of Leon etc. Nowadays MTV has loads of add on channels. From the original MTV we have MTV Base, a rather poor channel for those of us who like hip-hop, MTV Hits. MTV Dance for Dance music and then theres MTV 2 showing the best alternative music. Kiss 100 is a channel that is dedicated to R&B, it has a variety of exclusive songs on, and this music channel is targeted towards the younger generations who are a fan of R&B, finally a channel that caters for all their needs. Kiss TV is a channel that allows you to phone in to request your video that you want to hear and watch. The service is good, and gives you the latest videos but the videos are normally garage music and R&B music. They sometimes show old videos because some people request them. The phone lines are always available to phone and are nearly never busy, but calls cost about 60p per minute. The view quality is good, and there are never any technical problems with the programme. This programme is quite new so not a lot of people watch it. It is a good channel to flick through while waiting for a break because this channel almost never has any long breaks. At one time, VH1 was a channel solely dedicated to featuring the latest music videos, with a dash of other entertainment programs. Except for a few original shows, this channel was, in addition to MTV, the place to go for new music and information about artists. Now, like MTV, VH1 seems to have lost sight of its original goal. At present, the only time videos are played is early in the morning or when they do one of their top 100 lists. Most of the time, VH1 features television shows that glorify the dark side of human nature, most of the time at the expense of women.