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Encyclopedia > UKTV Gold
UKTV Gold
Launched 1 November 1992
Owned by UKTV
(BBC 50%/Virgin Media Television 50%)
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 0.7% (0.4% for +1)
(March 2008, [1])
Formerly called UK Gold (until March 2004)
Timeshift service UKTV Gold +1
Website www.uktvgold.co.uk
Availability
Terrestrial
Top Up TV Channel 17 (17:00-23:30)
Satellite
Sky Digital Channel 109
Channel 110 (+1)
Cable
Virgin Media
Channel 124
Channel 125 (+1)
WightCable Channel 46/112
UPC Ireland Channel 120
IPTV over ADSL
Tiscali TV Channel 16

UKTV Gold, (previously known as UK Gold until March 8, 2004), is a British television channel that shows mainly classic BBC entertainment programmes. It launched on November 1, 1992, currently available on Sky Digital, Virgin Media, and terrestrial subscription via Top Up TV. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the UKTV network of channels in the UK and Ireland. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Virgin Media Television (formerly known as Flextech) is a British television company and is entirely owned by the British cable company Virgin Media (previously known as NTL and Telewest) and acts as its television programme production arm. ... The 16:9 aspect ratio (also known as widescreen) is an aspect ratio that is 16/9 or 1. ... 576i is the shorthand name for a video mode. ... ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Top Up TV is a pay TV service provided in the United Kingdom. ... For a wider corporate history and profile, see British Sky Broadcasting. ... Virgin Media Inc. ... WightCable is a provider of commercial and residential cable television, telephone and broadband internet services in the United Kingdom. ... UPC Ireland N.V. is Liberty Global Europes operation in Ireland. ... This article is about internet protocol television. ... Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) is a form of DSL, a data communications technology that enables faster data transmission over copper telephone lines than a conventional modem can provide. ... Tiscali TV is a UK-based consumer Video on Demand service, operated by the European telephony company, Tiscali SpA. The service, originally known as Homechoice, was provided by Video Networks Limited (VNL), based in Shepherds Bush in West London, until it was purchased by Tiscali UK in August 2006... is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... For a wider corporate history and profile, see British Sky Broadcasting. ... Virgin Media Inc. ... Top Up TV is a pay TV service provided in the United Kingdom. ...

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History

UKTV Gold share of viewing BARB figures 1992-2007

The channel launched on November 1, 1992 as a joint venture between Thames Television and the BBC to show reruns of their 'classic' archive programming (UKTV Gold and its sister stations (see below) are now part of the UKTV network, owned jointly by Virgin Media Television (formerly Flextech) and the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide). Image File history File links Size of this preview: 750 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 800 pixel, file size: 31 KB, MIME type: image/png) UKTV Gold share of viewing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 750 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 800 pixel, file size: 31 KB, MIME type: image/png) UKTV Gold share of viewing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Thames Television was a franchise holder of the British ITV television network, serving London on weekdays between 1968 and 1992. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Rerun van Pelt is the name of Linus and Lucys younger brother in the comic strip Peanuts. ... This article is about the UKTV network of channels in the UK and Ireland. ... Virgin Media Television (formerly known as Flextech) is a British television company and is entirely owned by the British cable company Virgin Media (previously known as NTL and Telewest) and acts as its television programme production arm. ...


The channel's major drawbacks in its early years were the insensitive placement of commercial breaks in BBC shows, poor timekeeping, and the heavy-handed editing of BBC programmes to fit commercial timeslots. The channel joined Sky's basic subscription package in 1993. British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB — formerly two companies, Sky Television and BSB) is a company that operates Sky Digital, a subscription television service in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


Initially broadcast on an analogue transponder from a SES Astra satellite at 19.2°E which was not primarily intended for UK reception, the channel used to be notorious for being marred with 'sparklies' in large parts of the UK. An Ontario Highway 407 toll transponder In telecommunication, the term transponder (short-for Transmitter-responder and sometimes abbreviated to XPDR, XPNDR or TPDR) has the following meanings: An automatic device that receives, amplifies, and retransmits a signal on a different frequency (see also broadcast translator). ... SES Astra SA, is a corporate subsidiary of SES, based in Betzdorf, in eastern Luxembourg, that owns and operates the Astra series of geostationary satellites, which transmit approximately 1100 analogue and digital television and radio channels via 176 transponders to 91 million households across Europe. ... Sparklies are an official term, as used by Sky Television and a number of hardware makers including Amstrad and Pace, for interference on analogue satellite television transmissions. ...


UK Gold's success led to the creation of UKTV, still part-owned by the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, which operates several channels showing different types of archive programming. These included UK Arena (now defunct), UK Style (home and lifestyle), UK Drama, UK Play/PlayUK (music and comedy - now defunct), UK Horizons (now defunct) and UK History, as well as the time-shifted UK Gold +1, and UK Gold Classics, soon renamed to UK Gold 2. UK Gold 2 originally screened morning programmes from UK Gold time-shifted to the evening of the same day, but was relaunched with a completely new programme lineup and renamed UKG2 on November 12, 2003. Another channel, UK Living, was renamed LivingTV when it broke away from the joint BBC-Flextech ownership (now solely owned by Virgin Media Television). This article is about the UKTV network of channels in the UK and Ireland. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... LIVINGtv is a British television channel owned by Flextech. ... Virgin Media Television (formerly known as Flextech) is a British television company and is entirely owned by the British cable company Virgin Media (previously known as NTL and Telewest) and acts as its television programme production arm. ...


On March 8, 2004 all of the UKTV channels changed their prefixes from UK to UKTV, and UK Horizons was split into two channels - UKTV Documentary and UKTV People. is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


UKTV still cuts programmes (mainly documentaries) for commercial timing on the UKTV's factual channels, the UKTV channels have broadcast in widescreen as of 31 January 2008; some programmes made in 16:9 format are screened in the compromise 14:9 semi-letterbox ratio. These will be shown in 16:9 format later in 2008. The Wikipedia main page as viewed with a widescreen monitor. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... The 16:9 aspect ratio (also known as widescreen) is an aspect ratio that is 16/9 or 1. ... For the mail collector, see letter box. ... The 16:9 aspect ratio (also known as widescreen) is an aspect ratio that is 16/9 or 1. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


An analogue teletext service known as GoldText used to be available on this channel, but has since closed down. A BBC Ceefax page from January 9, 2007. ...


The channel has been criticised by some, particularly in recent years, for featuring many recent programmes as opposed to 'classics' as was the original concept, with some shows appearing on the channel mere months or weeks after their first television broadcast.


UKTV Gold 'could be rebranded'

UKTV is considering a massive rebrand across its entire bouquet of channels following the success of UKTV G2's transformation into Dave.


According to Broadcast, the broadcaster - a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Virgin Media's content division - is considering dropping UKTV from some channel names and giving others entirely new names.


The trade magazine cited a "well-placed source" as saying: "All viewers care about is the channel and the content, not the UKTV network name. If Gold keeps the same name, viewers will not know that there are new shows on it."


It is understood that the plans are on hold pending the arrival of UKTV's new director of marketing and communications, Tom Lucas, who has joined the broadcaster from ITV.


Programming

The output of the channel is mainly British comedy programmes and sometimes feature length films. These are a combination of internally produced shows and repeats of shows from the BBC & ITV archive. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ...


Current Programming

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Former Programming

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On-Screen Identity

Goldie the UK Gold dog.
Goldie the UK Gold dog.

For the first few years, idents on UK Gold featured an animated dog mascot named "Goldie" posing with the UK Gold logo. Goldie was never name-checked as such on air, possibly owing to the death of the original Blue Peter dog Goldie some weeks before launch, although the late-night music video slot "Dog House" was originally listed as "Goldie's Video Bites" in initial pre-launch listings. The Goldie idents were kept until 1993 when they were replaced with a form-up of the first logo against a blue background. A re-branding in 1994 saw UK Gold adopt a more fitting identity: Idents were based on the forging of gold bars, with the station's logo appearing to have been stamped into gold. Variations on this theme were used until 1997, when the channel received a revamp as part of the formation of the UKTV network. For other uses, see Blue Peter (disambiguation). ... This article is about smithing. ...


The new network's corporate identity saw all its channels logos simplified to a boxed "UK" followed by the name (e.g. "Gold") in a simple sans serif font. The new networkwide ident theme would involve the splitting of the screen for different purposes. UK Gold's new idents depicted objects such as apples or leaves falling through the top half of the screen, with only the gold coloured ones reaching the bottom half of the screen. These idents were briefly adopted for UK Gold 2 when it launched in 2000. In 2000 the theme changed again, this time with idents featuring light beams and fireworks. It has been suggested that Corporate Visual Identity Management be merged into this article or section. ...


These channel idents were carried on through another network-wide re-branding of the logo in 2001, adopting a bolder font and merging UK into a single composite character. A range of live-action idents showing everyday activities from unusual perspectives appeared in 2002. From 2003 onward idents showed channel hopping viewers with their TV set "off stage" being brought to a halt by the appearance of a golden light accompanied by the channel's ident jingle. This new identity also featured a series of shifting yellow, orange and red blocks which suggested a gold bar at the centre of the screen.


On April 4, 2007, UKTV Gold unveiled a new on-air identity centred around a branded golden space hopper.[2] playing to contemporary trends toward 1970s nostalgia, and emphasising the station's re-run content. 12 new live action idents featuring the branded space hopper began airing from April 5th 2007. is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The Space Hopper is also a space vehicle in the British television series Dangermouse. ...


Logos

External links

  • Gold at UKTV.co.uk
  • UKTV Gold at TV Ark
  • The TV Room looks at presentation/branding on the UKTV channels
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UKTV Gold at AllExperts (538 words)
The channel launched on November 1, 1992 (coincidentally, the day before Channel 4's 10th birthday) as a joint venture between Thames Television and the BBC to show reruns of their 'classic' archive programming (UKTV Gold and its sister stations (see below) are now part of the UKTV network, owned jointly by Flextech and the BBC).
Initially broadcast on an analogue transponder from a SES Astra satellite at 19.2°E which was not primarily intended for UK reception, the channel used to be notorious for being marred with'sparklies' in large parts of the UK.
None of the UKTV channels broadcasts in widescreen; programmes made in 16:9 format are screened in the compromise 14:9 semi-letterbox ratio.
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