4Music logo 2018.svg
Logo used since 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
Picture format576i 16:9 SDTV
OwnerChannel Four Television Corporation
Sister channels
Launched15 August 2008 (original)
29 June 2022 (relaunch)
ReplacedThe Hits (original)
Box Hits (relaunch)
Closed29 June 2022 (original)
Replaced byE4 Extra (original)
Former namesThe Hits (2002–2008; original)
Smash Hits (2001–2016)
Box Hits (2016–2022)
Streaming media
Box PlusWatch live
Virgin TV GoWatch live (UK only)

4Music is a British music television channel owned and operated by Channel Four Television Corporation. The original incarnation was launched on 15 August 2008, and until 29 June 2022, showed a mix of music and entertainment programming. It was a replacement of The Hits television channel.

The original version of 4Music was replaced by E4 Extra, a new sister channel and extension of E4, on 29 June 2022. At the same time, 4Music was relaunched into a full-time music TV channel and replaced Box Hits, which ceased broadcasting since. [1]


4Music began its broadcast in 2008 with an on-screen countdown which lasted for ten minutes. During the countdown, clips from popular music videos were faded through the screen, including clips from promotions for the channel. The channel then launched at 7 pm with a promotional advert before fading into "Davina (McCall) and Steve (Jones)'s 20 Big Ones"; the first song at number 20 being "The Pretender" by Foo Fighters, and Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out of My Head" at number 1.

Kylie Minogue's KYLIEX2008 tour was broadcast, and completing the launch night line-up was Big Brother Live, where Rachel Rice was given a 'favourite things party' for surviving that night's eviction. She and her chosen favourite housemate, Kathreya Kasisopa, were taken to a private room where Rachel's top 10 favourite songs were played. Live coverage of the 2008 V Festival was shown on 16 and 17 August and highlights were shown on subsequent days. These highlights sparked complaints, however, as to the overall quality of coverage, due to the main headliners not getting their full sets played out.

Despite the arguments between Davina and Steve as to whose face appeared first on the channel, the first face seen on 4Music was Kylie Minogue, introducing her live concert at 9 pm on the launch night (as they later explained).

The launch also saw a new Digital on-screen graphic appear on the screen, and new idents with a woman swivelling on a chair with the channel's logo in the background. The concept for the channel's on-air presentation was similar to the previous idea The Hits had, with a TV suddenly filling with colour throughout the room.

On 2 April 2013, all Box Television channels went free-to-air on satellite, apart from 4Music which went free-to-view.[2] As a result, the channels were removed from the Sky EPG in Ireland.[3] Eventually, 4Music also went free-to-air on 7 February 2017 and launched on Freesat, replacing The Box, but reverted to being free-to-view on 12 December 2018. On 25 January 2022, a new transmission of 4Music free-to-air on satellite began,[4] with a post from a Sky employee on the official Sky customer forums subsequently confirming that the free-to-air version would replace the FTV version on the Sky guide from 1 February. The move back to free-to-air permitted the readdition of 4Music back to the Freesat channel guide from 1 February 2022, following soon after the restoration of the Box Plus Network's music channels and Channel 4 HD to full Freesat listing, after a period during which they had only been available via manual tune-in. On 1 March 2022, 4Music was restored to Sky in Ireland.

On 25 September 2017, 4Music received an update to its on-screen graphics, revolving around four squares which extend to create the 4Music logo and animate to form the artist credit. In 2018, 4Music changed its logo to add the current Channel 4 logo to it, with '4' and 'Music' mashed up together. This change also happened to its other channels.[5]

From 16 April 2018, the channel now shows more entertainment programmes as well as archive Channel 4 programming to coincide with a change in the EPG numbers on Sky from 1 May 2018.

On 4 November 2020, 4Music moved from channel 29 to 30 as part of a move up where every channel from channel 24 to 54 on the platform moved up one place to allow BBC Four to move to channel 24 in Scotland due to new Ofcom rules regarding certain PSB channels requiring greater prominence on EPGs. This is because the BBC Scotland channel is on channel 9 in Scotland, whilst BBC Four is on channel 9 in the rest of the UK. On 26 January 2022, a similar shuffle down of channels – to free up LCN 23 nationwide for the revived BBC Three – saw 4Music moved again, to 31 (with E4 +1 in turn taking over 30).

Transmission of 4Music and other channels operated by Channel 4 was impacted by the activation of a fire suppressant system at the premises of Red Bee Media on 25 September 2021.[6] From 27 September to 6 October 2021, 4Music simulcasted the output of The Box, in place of usual scheduled programming, with a note shown on EPGs about the technical problems.[7] The simulcast was changed to Box Hits on 7 October 2021,[8] while output from 4Music was restored on 15 October, though initially with music videos only. Longform programming returned to the channel on 9 November,[9] beginning at 12.07pm with Couples Come Dine with Me. The last song played before longform programming resumed was "Remember" by Becky Hill and David Guetta.

On 13 June 2022, Channel 4 announced that 4Music's channel slot would be replaced with E4 Extra on 29 June 2022.[10][11][12] 4Music itself would transition to Box Hits' slot, effectively replacing the network.[13] With the change, the channel transitioned back to being a full-time music channel, much like its fellow sister music channels. The final music video played on 4Music on Freeview prior to the channel transitioning to E4 Extra was "House on Fire" by Mimi Webb at 02:57 on 29 June; following the overnight infomercial block (closing with a short 4Music sting), transmission of E4 Extra began at 07:00.

On 23 August 2022, the On-Screen Graphics of 4Music were revised. The new graphics feature a larger logo, modified font and different animations when showing Artist/Song titles.

Entertainment Programming (until 2022)

Programmes shown on the channel as of Tuesday 9 November 2021:[14] From June 29, 2022, these programmes transitioned to other Channel 4 networks, E4 and E4 Extra.

Acquired programming (2018–2022)

Programming from Channel 4/E4 (2014–2022)

Programming from Channel 4 (2016–2022)

Original programming (2010–2019)

Programming from Channel 4 (2010–2019)

The channel is also well known for repeating some of Channel 4's shows. Most of the shows listed below can also be found on E4, as that is a Channel Four Television Corporation service with a target market range of 16–34 years-of-age. As of September 2019, 4Music showed the following Channel 4 programmes in its schedule:

Other former programming (2008–2021)

Music programming

Former music programming

Award ceremonies

Concerts and festivals

V Festival and T4 on the Beach

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4Music has coverage at both festivals during the Summer, with highlights repeated frequently throughout the Summer. The channel also has stages at both events. At T4 on the Beach since 2007 (renamed the "T4 and 4Music Stage" in 2010) and at the V Festival since 2005 (then known as the "Channel 4 Stage", renamed to the "4Music Stage" in 2008).

T4 on the Beach ended after T4 ended its final run on 29 December 2012.

Former logos


  1. ^ "E4 Brand extension sees 4Music become E4 Extra | Channel 4". www.channel4.com. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Bauer's Box channels appear free-to-air on satellite". a516digital. 2 April 2013. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  3. ^ "YouTube video showing the channels removed from the Sky EPG in Ireland". YouTube. 3 April 2013. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  4. ^ "4Music coming to Freesat", RXTVinfo, 2022-01-26
  5. ^ "Channel 4 airs 'eclectic, unpredictable' rebrand across all of its channels". The Drum. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  6. ^ Televisual.com, 2021-09-27
  7. ^ 4Music Presents The Box broadcast on Freeview channel 30, 1 October 2021
  8. ^ "Fire at Red Bee Broadcast Centre – Page 84 – TV Live Forum".
  9. ^ "4Music kicks off refreshed schedule from 9 November", Channel 4 Press
  10. ^ "4 Music moves for E4 Extra". 13 June 2022.
  11. ^ "E4 Extra takes 4Music slot in major reshuffle". 13 June 2022.
  12. ^ "Channel 4 Launching New Freeview / Freesat Channel: E4 Extra". 13 June 2022.
  13. ^ "E4 Brand extension sees 4Music become E4 Extra | Channel 4".
  14. ^ "4Music Launches Refreshed Schedule". 9 November 2021.
  15. ^ "TV listings guide".
  16. ^ "4Music TV Listings – TVGuide.co.uk". www.tvguide.co.uk.