Pop Girl was a free-to-air children's television channel in the United Kingdom, owned by CSC Media Group (formerly Chart Show Channels), a company associated with the makers of The Chart Show, a television programme that had previously been on Channel 4 and ITV. As of June 2014, it broadcast cartoons, live action and pop music videos on Sky and Freesat. Its target audience was 7 to 12-year-old girls.
|Launched||6 August 2007|
|Closed||1 October 2015|
|Owned by||Sony Pictures Television|
|Picture format||16:9/4:3, 576i (SDTV)|
|Audience share||0.02% (September 2015 , BARB)|
(at time of closure)
|Eutelsat 28A||11307 V 27500 2/3|
Pop Girl originally broadcast from 6 am until 9 pm in order to share bandwidth with the now-defunct AnimeCentral, a general entertainment channel also owned and operated by CSC Media Group, which broadcast from 9pm until 6am. Subsequently Pop Girl's broadcast hours were extended to match those of Kix and it broadcast from 6am until 11:30pm. This allowed the sharing arrangement with AnimeCentral to end, thus allowing the entertainment channel to broadcast 24 hours when it became Showcase TV (now 'Sony Channel'). The channel closed on 1 October 2015.
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Little Miss Pop Girl
Since 12 May 2008, a new block was made called "Little Miss Pop Girl", which sees a slight change to the channel's content between 9am and 12pm every weekday during the school term. The block was aimed at younger girls and shows cartoons such as Lazy Lucy or Pippi Longstocking, including some programmes which are more commonly seen on Tiny Pop. The logo for the block was the regular Pop Girl logo with the words 'Little Miss' superimposed above. The block did not run at weekends or during school holidays.
Pop Girl +1
On 9 May 2008, the AGB Nielsen Media website announced that Pop Girl +1 would launch on Sky channel 629, on 9 June 2008. However, it was in fact launched a few days before that, on 4 June 2008, replacing CSC Media Group's first music time shift, Flaunt +1, after being on air just shy of four weeks.
Pop Girl ceased to broadcast at 0600 on 1 October 2015. The broadcast capacity was immediately replaced with transmission of a revived Kix +1 timeshift channel, though during the course of the day the positions of the channel on the Sky and Freesat guides were altered (so as to move the channel below Kix in the lineup; Pop Girl had been ahead of Kix on both platforms.)
It was indicated that some Pop Girl shows would move to other channels in the network: H2O: Just Add Water was the first to do so, moving across to POP.
Although Pop Girl ceased as a broadcast channel, the popgirl.tv website continued to exist, and continued offering programming, video clips, quizzes and games; a message on the site indicated that the website would later receive a relaunch as part of its migration to an online service. In addition, a PopGirl section of games, features and videos was made available on sister channel POP's website. It was later redirected to the Pop website.
- "Pop Girl". CSC Media Group. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
- Pop Girl+1 launches on 9 June
- "Channel Rebrand". Overnights.tv. 25 June 2013.
Kix Power will start BARB reporting on 22nd July, 2013. Pop Girl +1 will cease at the end of the broadcast day on 21 July 2013.
- PopGirl website message
- Pop Girl page at popfun.co.uk