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Discovery opts for new pay TV network: TLC launches 30th April

Discovery Networks International will launch a new pay TV network in the UK next month, available on Sky, Virgin Media, BT Vision and TalkTalkTV.

TLC, the world's biggest female entertainment channel, is to launch on Tuesday 30 April 2013 and will be exclusively premiering hit shows from the US, alongside a host of original UK series featuring well-known stars.

TLC was last seen in the UK in the 1990s, when as "The Learning Channel", it shared capacity on Discovery's analogue satellite transponder. That channel later became Discovery Home and Leisure.

Reports last year in media journals suggested that Discovery had at one point considered launching TLC as a Freeview service in the UK. TLC's pay TV status leaves Quest as Discovery's only Freeview channel in the UK. TLC will not be available on Freesat.

US shows set for their exclusive UK broadcast on the new TLC service includes the outrageous only-in-America type TV show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, and TLC's highest rating new series in the US, Breaking Amish.  Holly Valance, Lisa Snowdon, Dawn O'Porter and Brix Smith Start will feature in brand new shows Ultimate ShopperYour Style in His Hands, and Undercover Mums.

Susanna Dinnage, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Discovery Networks UK, said: "TLC is a unique entertainment channel that brings together a huge range of characters from the UK and US.  It is full of stories that will get people talking and we hope it will become part of the rich and varied TV culture in the UK." 

TLC will be available on Sky (channel 125), Virgin Media (channel 167), BT Vision (channel 875) and YouView on the TalkTalk player, as well as via Sky, Virgin Media and BT Vision's on-demand services.  TLC will also be available in HD from Sky and Virgin Media.

With material from: PR Newswire