Spotlight TV
CountryUnited Kingdom
NetworkKeep It Country TV Ltd
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format16:9 576i (SDTV)
History
Launched21 April 2010
Closed12 August 2022
Former namesShowcase 2 (2010-2014)
Showcase (2014-2016)
Keep It Country (2016-2019)

Spotlight TV is a soon-to-be defunct British music television channel available on Sky and Freesat.

History

The channel launched on Sky on 21 April 2010 as Showcase 2 on channel 216. On 1 September 2010, following the removal of Channel M and launch of Showcase +1 (which itself was replaced by fellow music channel WTF (then became Massive R&B, Planet Pop, Chilled TV and Now 90s)), it moved to channel 203. On 3 July 2012, following a Sky EPG reshuffle, it moved to channel 192.

On 3 December 2013, a timeshift channel launched on Sky channel 293, which moved to channel 238 on 19 August 2014 following another EPG clean-up. Showcase 2 was renamed as Showcase following the previous first channel's rebrand to Irish TV the previous month. On 1 June 2015, the timeshift channel closed and was replaced by Property Show. It moved to Sky channel 261 on 17 August 2015 following the closure of True Entertainment +1 and to free space for AMC from BT.

On 17 February 2016, the channel moved to Sky channel 389, being relabelled as Keep It Country the next month (it was previously a block). Operated by Phil Mack Country, the channel initially broadcast for 17 hours of each day because space for third party content left over from Showcase still had to be broadcast.[1] It launched on Freesat at the beginning of March 2016.

On 31 May 2016, the channel launched on Freeview, broadcasting via COM7 which is available to around 75% of the UK.[2]

From 26 January 2017 to 1 February 2017, Keep It Country was temporarily removed from Sky channel 389.

On 1 May 2018, following another EPG reshuffle, Keep It Country moved from Sky channel 389 to 376.

On 21 January 2019, the channel changed Freeview multiplex and increased its reach from 75% of the UK to 90%[3] but it was removed from the platform in June 2019.

The channel was renamed as Spotlight TV on 1 July 2019[4][5] and broadcasts on Freeview in the Greater Manchester area. After a short break in transmission the channel also moved to the "Hybrid TV channel" Vision TV (Channel 264 on Freeview), so people in the UK could watch it if they had a 'connected TV' [available to devices connected to the internet].

Early 2022, the channel had a shift and is now shown on SKY TV 365 or Freesat 500.

On 10 July 2022, Phil Mack confirmed that Spotlight TV would be closing soon, although no specific date was given. He confirmed the next Memory Lane show to be broadcast would be the last.

Programming

The majority of the channel's output is country music but recently the channel has added a "small number of shows from other genres," mostly oldies and classic hits from the second half of the 20th century, to encourage more viewers to watch the channel as part of its overall growth plans.[6] As of 2022, the nostalgic television network hosts a variety of hour-long themed programs such as "The Irish Music Hour" hosted by Phil Mack & Natasha Magee, "American Country Mix" or "Stacey Jackson In The 80s" hosted by Stacey Jackson.

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