Kiss TV
Picture format576i 16:9 SDTV
OwnerThe Box Plus Network
(Channel Four Television Corporation)
Sister channels4seven
Channel 4
The Box
Box Hits
Kerrang! TV
Launched30 June 1998
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 338
Virgin Media (Ireland)Channel 665 (TV 360)
Channel 717 (Horizon and older boxes)
Sky (UK only)Channel 356
Astra 2G11264 H 27500 2/3
Zuku TV (Africa)Channel 751
StarSat (Sub-Saharan Africa)Channel 325
FreesatChannel 503[1]
Streaming media
The Box Plus NetworkWatch live (UK only)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)
Watch live (Ireland only)

Kiss TV is a commercial hip-hop music television channel owned by Channel Four Television Corporation, with permission to use the Kiss brand from Bauer. The playlist predominantly consists of old skool and mainstream hip-hop, grime and R&B.

It is based on the format of the Bauer owned London radio station Kiss FM UK, which started as a pirate radio station in London in 1985.


Kiss logo 1998–2006
Kiss logo 1998–2006

The original incarnation of Kiss TV was created by Guy Wingate, was bought back in to head up EMAP's fledgling TV division by then Kiss Chief Executive and the station's original founder, Gordon 'Mac' McNamee. The channel ran for one hour a night on the Mirror Group's L!VE TV cable circuit and after a year moved up to the Granada satellite and cable platform, taking a similar slot in the evening.[citation needed]

Although the original idea for the channel was proposed in 1993 (three years after Kiss FM launched as a legal station).[citation needed]

The channel's presenters included DJs such as BBC Radio 1's Judge Jules. By the time the channel was one year old, it had attracted major sponsorship from blue-chip brands such as Levi's, Sony consumer products and The Guardian.[citation needed]

The channel is available on digital television platforms and is part of a network of channels owned by The Box Plus Network. 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] However, Kiss TV launched on Freesat on 15 April 2013, alongside three other Box Television channels.[4] Kiss TV and its sister channels returned to Freesat on 8 December 2021.

Kiss TV also broadcasts in Sub-Saharan Africa as a Pay-TV channel, through various digital TV providers without commercials. Music videos are played in place of commercials.

See also


  1. ^ "Five music channels return to Freesat". 8 December 2021. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Bauer's Box channels appear free-to-air on satellite". a516digital. 2 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. ^ "Freesat turn up the volume with 4 new music channels". 15 April 2013.