Freeview channel update sees craft channels take hold
Channel 23 has become available to Create & Craft following the transfer of Local TV services for Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow to channel 8 earlier this month, which in turn was freed up outside of London by existing services on channel 8 moving to channel 7 - BBC Three's old position.
The craft shopping channel now sits next door to parent channel Ideal World on channel 22.
This in turn has created a gap at channel 36, Create & Craft's old number. QVC's new 1 hour a day +1 service on channel 85 is a hot candidate to move to channel 36 in the future, to sit alongside QVC Beauty on channel 35, under rules allowing sister channels to be located together on the Freeview channel list. Numerous broadcasters have been launching reduced hour placeholder services in order to secure better long-term Freeview slots, much to the annoyance of viewers having to scroll past or delete these one or two hour a day services.
Meanwhile, rival craft channel Hochanda has confirmed it will be returning to its regular hours on Freeview channel 39 from Tuesday, 3rd May 2016, two weeks earlier than previously announced.
The channel lost its slot on the digital terrestrial TV platform at the end of March following a reorganisation of ITV's capacity on Freeview. Hochanda currently sub-lets capacity from ITV's The Store channel. The channel will be available from 6am to 9pm on channel 39 following the reconfiguration on the 3rd.
With Freeview capacity extremely limited, it hasn't yet been confirmed where the space is coming from and whether existing services will close to make way for the extended hours.