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Sony offloads UK music channels to Trace

Sony Pictures Television has offloaded its music channels to Trace, marking the company's return to the UK market.

Speculation had been rife since the affected music channels - Chart Show TV, Chart Show Hits (currently broadcasting as Christmas Hits), Starz and The Vault - were removed from Sony's Astra 2 satellite transponder in the past few weeks onto alternative capacity.

Through the agreement, Trace has acquired, amongst other assets, four Sky EPG positions and the associated brand assets.

Trace first launched in the UK 22 years ago in the form of a print magazine. Since then Trace has grown internationally as a brand for Afro Urban music and lifestyle as well as radio, mobile and digital services in 180 countries.

Sony Pictures Television, who operate channels in the UK and Ireland through the legal entity Columbia Pictures Corporation, has been pruning its channel portfolio in recent months, closing music channel Scuzz and Sony Crime 2 last month, replacing Sony Channel and True Crime with Sony Crime Channel in February and now opting to sell its remaining music channels, which were acquired by Sony in 2014, as part of its purchase of CSC Media Group.

Sony's remaining channel portfolio consists of Sony Movie Channel, Sony Crime Channel, TruTV, True Entertainment, True Movies (currently broadcasting as True Christmas) and children's channels POP, POP Max and Tiny POP, as well as associated +1 channels. Sony currently only offers standard definition broadcasts.