Travel Channel licensed to join Freeview

Ofcom has issued a licence enabling Travel Channel to launch on Freeview.

The so-called "DTPS" licence was issued by Ofcom to Travel Channel's owners Scripps Networks International in June. Scripps Networks currently operate Food Network on Freeview and hold a 50% stake in UKTV, the broadcaster behind Dave, Drama, Really and Yesterday.

There's been no further information as yet regarding when or where the Travel Channel will appear on Freeview. Such licence awards are often the first indication that a channel is intending to join Freeview's channel line up.

Following Scripps Network's acquisition of all non-US versions of the channel in 2012, Travel Channel was relaunched on 25th March 2013, with a new logo, new schedule, new programmes and new distribution agreements, which saw the channel join Freesat in April, and Virgin Media in June. Before April, the channel had only been distributed on Sky.

Freeview is currently the only major digital TV platform in the UK that doesn't offer the channel. Scripps Networks International is understood to be eager to build its brands in the UK, with the success of Food Network on Freeview providing impetus to get Travel Channel onto the platform soon.

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  1. Will Be Interesting To See What Channel It Will Go
    On, Ch 60 Mybe?

  2. And it's launched: channel 42 1800-2200, on a test run until the end of the year.


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