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CSC Media Group Limited
CSC Media Group
FormerlyChart Show Channels
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryEntertainment
Founded20 May 2002; 21 years ago (2002-05-20) in England
Defunct27 November 2019; 4 years ago (2019-11-27)
FateDormancy and liquidation;
Music channels are owned by the Trace Group
Kids channels are owned by Narrative Capital
SuccessorSony Pictures Television
Narrative Entertainment
HeadquartersLondon, England
Area served
United Kingdom and Ireland
Key people
Remy Minute
OwnerSony Pictures Television
Number of employees
51
ParentSony Pictures Television

CSC Media Group, formerly known as Chart Show Channels (CSC), was a British cable television broadcasting company. It was a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television. The company dissolved on 27 November 2019.[1]

Background

CSC Media Group was named after the now defunct UK music show The Chart Show, which ran on ITV and Channel 4 for twelve years. CSC evolved from the original Chart Show production company Video Visuals, to Chart Show Channels, which was then acquired in 2007 by private equity group Veronis Suhler Stevenson.[2]

Until Sony acquired the company, they owned sixteen channels, all of which are advertising-funded and free to air (FTA).

History

Chart Show Channels was founded in May 2002. The company's first channel - Chart Show TV, launched on Sky on September 16 of that year, with high viewing figures within its first week of launch.[3] On October 14, a sister network - Chart Shop TV was launched. This network allowed viewers to purchase CDs and music-related merchandise. It aired on the same broadcast capacity as Chart Show, and aired from 4:00–6:00 am early in the morning during Chart Show's downtime.

In March 2003, Chart Shop TV closed, and its broadcast capacity was used for Video Vault, once again broadcasting late-at-night during Chart Show TV's downtime.[4] On May 30, the company's first children's network - Toons & Tunes soft-launched before fully launching as Pop in July. Video Vault would fully launch that month as The Vault, moving into Pop's broadcast capacity as a nighttime service. In September, a sister channel to Pop - Pop Plus, was launched, which functioned similarly to a timeshift service, although it didn't always air the same programmes as its sister channel. On September 17, The Vault moved out of Pop's capacity space and gained its own 24-hour slot.[5]

In July 2004, the company's next music channel B4 was launched in Pop Plus' broadcast capacity, broadcasting in its space at night. Pop Plus later re-launched as the pre-school-oriented Tiny Pop at the end of the month.

In 2006, British Sky Broadcasting sold their three music channels Bliss (previously The Amp), Scuzz, and Flaunt to CSC. Formerly encrypted, CSC made the channels FTA like the rest of their channels.

In 2007, they launched five channels; two of which were timeshift channels: Pop +1 and Tiny Pop +1. The third channel was a new children's channel called Pop Girl, aimed at a young female audience. The fourth channel was AnimeCentral, which time-shares with Pop Girl, and shows animated series for an older audience; it was the first dedicated channel in the UK for anime broadcasting. The fifth was Minx, which was a spin-off music channel from the Minx slot shown on Chart Show TV. Minx was later replaced by NME TV, which is a dedicated indie music channel.

In 2008, they rebranded B4 to Flava after showing a mix of R&B music for a few months prior to this in March. The channel also went 16:9 widescreen prior to the rebrand, to match the other CSC music channels. On Tuesday 6 May, they launched Flaunt +1, a 1-hour timeshifted version of Flaunt. This was their first-ever timeshifted music channel, and is also the second to launch in the UK, after MTV One +1 (now MTV +1) launched in February 2008, replacing MTV Flux. On Monday 12 May, six days after launching their first music timeshift, Bliss +1, their second music channel timeshift, was launched and their third music channel timeshift, Scuzz +1 launched in November 2008. It soon closed, and the satellite transponder space was then used by NHK World TV. On Monday 19 May, they launched their fourth kids channel, replacing Pop +1. Kix! kit started at 06:00 hours, showing a mixture of cartoons, extreme sports, as well as music, aimed for boys, similar to another kids channel, Jetix. Currently, it broadcasts from 06:00 to 23:30 daily. Pop Girl +1, a 1-hour timeshifted version of Pop Girl launched on Wednesday 4 June, replacing their first music channel timeshift, Flaunt +1, which had only been on air just short of four weeks. AnimeCentral has been replaced with Showcase TV on 27 August 2008, which simulcasts a mixture of channels such as Pop Girl, Chart Show TV, True Movies 2, along with AnimeCentral programming block with repeats of Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

CSC is the majority owner of Moving Movies Ltd.; with True Movies 1 being the first channel from the company, it launched on 8 April 2005 and was joined by True Movies 2 in March 2006. Both channels showed mainly made-for-TV movies from a range of genres, all based on real-life events and people.

They were announced as being one of the channel providers providing DVB-H channels in a 16 channel trial of the technology in Oxford,[citation needed] a system which would have carried Chart Show TV.

CSC was one of the parties involved in bidding for a low-bandwidth, 18-hour-a-day stream on the UK's digital terrestrial television (DTT) system in November 2005.[6]

Like The Box Plus Network and All Around the World Productions channels, all of CSC's music channels now broadcast 24 hours a day.

In May 2012, CSC launched BuzMuzik, a new music television channel driven by mobile phone (text/mms) and social media.

In February 2013, CSC launched True Entertainment +1, a one-hour timeshift of True Entertainment. It was replaced by True Drama on 4 June 2013.

On 22 July 2013, Kix Power launched, replacing Pop Girl +1 on Sky. That was rebranded as Kix +1 on 1 October 2013, rebranded as Kix Power again on Christmas 2013 and Easter 2014; and was renamed Kix + on 22 April 2014. This timeshift was replaced with Pop +1 on 14 July 2014.

In late 2013, CSC purchased Starz TV, which was a sole channel by Cloud Television One Limited, following the collapse of Mushroom TV and the sale of Mushroom's all other channels to All Around the World Productions. In April 2014, CSC closed BuzMuzik, and replaced it with a revival of True Entertainment +1. The channel also closed for CSC to broadcast Starz TV.

On 26 June 2014, Sony Pictures Television, Sony's TV programming and network unit, said it would buy CSC and its 16 channels for £107 million ($180 million).[7] The deal was completed on 15 August 2014.[8] All the channels were transferred to Sony Pictures Television, and the company went dormant.

On 13 December 2018, their four remaining music channels were sold to the TRACE Group.[9]

On 27 November 2019, the company was liquidated and dissolved.[1]

List of channels owned by CSC Media Group

Former (Sold to Sony and then Narrative Capital)

channel name launch date
Pop 2003/05/29
Pop +1 2014/07/14
Pop Max (formerly Kix!) 2008/05/19
Pop Max +1 2015/10/01
Tiny Pop 2004/07/27
Tiny Pop +1 2007

Defunct

Note: former channels in light red closed before the start of Sony's deal.

channel name launch date close date notes
The Amp 2003/04/17 2006/03/02 replaced by Bliss
AnimeCentral 2007/09/13 2008/08/27 replaced by Showcase TV
Kix 2008/05/19 2017/08/30 Replaced by Pop Max
Bliss 2006/03/02 2015/11/27
Bliss +1 2008/05/12 2008/06/02 allowed AnimeCentral to go 24 hours
BuzMuzik 2012/05/30 2014/04/03 replaced with True Entertainment +1; the channel also closed due to the CSC Media Group buying Starz TV which shows similar content to BuzMuzik
Chart Shop TV 2002/10/06 2003/03 replaced by The Vault
Chart Show TV +1 2012/01/05 2012/05/30 replaced by BuzMuzik
Flaunt 2003/04/17 2010/03/17 replaced by Dance Nation TV
Dance Nation TV 2010/03/17 2013/01/03 replaced by Chart Show Dance
Flaunt +1 2008/05/06 2008/06/04 replaced by Pop Girl +1
Flava 2004/07/12 2017/11/01
MinX 2007/10/08 2007/11/22 replaced by NME TV
NME TV 2007/11/22 2012/01/05 replaced by Chart Show TV +1
Pop +1 2007/08/06 2008/05/18 replaced by Kix (returned on 2014/07/14)
Pop Girl 2007/08/06 2015/10/01 replaced by Kix +1
Pop Girl +1 2008/06/04 2013/07/22 replaced by Kix Power
Pop Plus 2003/09/08 2004/07/27 replaced by Tiny Pop
Scuzz 2003/04/17 2018/11/15
Scuzz +1 2008/11/17 2008/11/21 Freesat EPG slot sold to NHK World, an information channel owned by NHK
Showcase TV 2008/08/27 2009/08/03 replaced by True Entertainment
Starz TV 2005/01/24 2020/06/01 Sold to Trace Group, which eventually closed it on 1 June 2020
Trace Hits 2002/10/16 2023/04/27 Sold to Trace Group , which eventually closed it on 27 April 2023, which renamed it Trace Urban (it was originally Chart Show TV) on 1 November 2019 and eventually renamed Trace Hits on 5 January 2021 and closed on 27 April 2023
Trace Latina 2010/03/17 2020/06/01 Sold to Trace Group, originally called Chart Show Hits and eventually closed on 1 June 2020
Trace Vault 2003/03/12 2023/12/14 Sold to Trace Group on 1 November 2019, which eventually closed it on 14 December 2023 , originally named The Vault
True Crime 2016/03/22 2018/02/06 replaced by Sony Crime Channel 2
True Crime +1 2016/03/22 2017/02/15 Sky EPG slot bought by TruTV
True Drama 2013/06/04 2016/09/30 replaced by True Entertainment +1
True Entertainment 2009/08/02 2019/09/10 replaced by Sony Channel
True Entertainment +1 2013/02/25 2013/06/04 replaced by True Drama (returned on 2014/04/03)
True Entertainment +1 2014/04/03 2015/08/17 EPG slot sold to AMC from BT (returned on 2016/09/30)
True Entertainment +1 2016/09/30 2019/09/10 replaced by Sony Channel +1
True Movies 2005/04/29 2019/09/10 replaced by Sony Movies Christmas
True Movies 2 2006/03/20 2016/09/30 replaced by True Christmas +1

References

  1. ^ a b "CSC MEDIA GROUP LIMITED - Filing history (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  2. ^ Eggerton, John (26 June 2014). "Sony buys CSC Media Group". Multichannel.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Chart Show TV gets off to good start". Digital Spy. 25 September 2002.
  4. ^ "Video Vault?".
  5. ^ "Chart Show looks to build Pop channel".
  6. ^ Wilkes, Neil (10 November 2005). "Freeview bidding 'reaches £10 million' - Tech News". DigitalSpy.co.uk. Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 25 May 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  7. ^ Knight, Sophie (26 June 2014). "Sony to buy Britain's CSC media group in TV network push". uk.Reuters.com. Reuters. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  8. ^ Clarke, Stewart (15 August 2014). "Sony closes CSC deal, ups Kate Marsh / TBI Vision". TBIVision.com. TBI Vision. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Trace acquires UK music channels from Sony Pictures Television". Broadband TV News. 13 December 2018.