CSC Media Group
Chart Show Channels
|Headquarters||London, England, United Kingdom|
|United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland|
|Owner||Sony Entertainment (Sony)|
Number of employees
|Parent||Sony Pictures Television (Sony)|
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.
They own sixteen channels, all of which are advertising funded and free to air (FTA).
Until May 2005, their only output was music television, with their three fully owned music channels Chart Show TV (now Trace Urban), The Vault (now Trace Vault), and B4 (later Flava), and two children's channels Pop (previously Toons & Tunes), and Tiny Pop (previously Pop Plus), which also both screened music videos along with cartoons.
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.
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.
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, the company's TV programming and network unit, said it would buy CSC and its 16 channels for £107 million ($180 million). The deal was completed on 15 August 2014.
On 13 December 2018, their four remaining music channels were sold to the TRACE Group.
List of channels owned by CSC Media Group
|channel name||launch date|
|Pop Max +1||2015/10/01|
|Tiny Pop +1||2007|
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|
|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|
|Dance Nation TV||2010/03/17||2013/01/03||replaced by Chart Show Dance|
|Flaunt||2003/04/17||2010/03/17||replaced by Dance Nation TV|
|Flaunt +1||2008/05/06||2008/06/04||replaced by Pop Girl +1|
|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 +1||2008/11/17||2008/11/21||EPG slot sold to NHK World|
|Showcase TV||2008/08/27||2009/08/03||replaced by True Entertainment|
|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 Showcase (returned on 2016/09/30)|
|True Entertainment +1||2016/09/30||2019/09/10||replaced by Sony Channel +1|
|True Movies 2||2006/03/20||2016/09/30||replaced by True Christmas +1|
- Eggerton, John (26 June 2014). "Sony buys CSC Media Group". Multichannel.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- Wilkes, Neil (10 November 2005). "Freeview bidding 'reaches £10 million' - Tech News". DigitalSpy.co.uk. Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- 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.
- Clarke, Stewart (15 August 2014). "Sony closes CSC deal, ups Kate Marsh / TBI Vision". TBIVision.com. TBI Vision. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- "Trace acquires UK music channels from Sony Pictures Television". Broadband TV News. 13 December 2018.