14 February – Entertainment channel Carlton Select is launched. It broadcasts during the evening, sharing space with Carlton Food Network and is also only broadcast on cable. It replaces SelecTV which Carlton acquired from Pearson Television. SelecTV had been broadcasting on cable since June 1995.
15 November – The public launch of digital terrestrial TV in the UK takes place with the launch of ONdigital and as part of the 19-channel line-up, Carlton creates three new channels for the platform, Carlton Cinema, Carlton Kids and Carlton World and Granada, in conjunction with Littlewoods, opens Shop!, a basic shopping channel.
7 December – ITV2 is launched but only in England and Wales. It operates as a single service with no regional content. It is a mixed genre channel and as well as being available on ONdigital, it is also carried on cable.
4 January – GMTV2 launches during the breakfast downtime of ITV2.
September – Champions ON 28 and Champions ON 99 launch on the ONdigital service to provide live and recorded coverage of the UEFA Champions League. However, ONdigital had the Sky Sports channels on their service as well as the Champions ON channels.
September – ONsport launches. It replaces Champions on 28 and Champions on 99 which had reflected the channel numbers these were broadcast on. These channels were rebranded respectively as ONsport 1 and ONsport 2 after ONdigital had purchased rights to the ATP Masters Series tennis. Whilst ONsport 1 broadcasts 24 hours a day, ONsport 2 timeshares with Carlton Cinema and is only on air to provide coverage of an alternate Champions League match.
11 July – Carlton and Granada relaunch OnDigital as ITV Digital in an attempt to better compete with Sky.
27 July – S2 closes and consequently ITV2 starts broadcasting in Scotland.
11 August – The ITV Sport Channel launches. It replaces ONsport and is a premium service rather than an add-on for ITV Digital customers. It fails to get carriage on Sky and Telewest but is available on NTL.
13 March – ITV announces that ITV Play will permanently close down following recent concerns over participation television. On 16 March, its slot on Freeview is taken by the recently launched ITV2+1.