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On the first Tuesday of every month, we publish a round-up of recent licensing activity on broadcast TV stations. This includes new licensed services, transfers and name changes, as well as any other relevant information.

January 2020

Television services licensed in this period

License typeLicenseeService name
TLCSAll Perspectives LimitedGB News
TLCSDiscovery Corporate Services LimitedHGTV (Serbian feed)

Full contact details (by channel name) are available on Ofcom’s website under Ofcom Licensing / Television Broadcast Licensing.

Television services that have ceased to be licensed (handed back or revoked) in this period

The following services are no longer licensed.

The relevant licence is either:

  • no longer required by the licensee so has been handed back, or the service has been removed from a licence covering multiple services;
  • revoked as a matter of routine (usually for non-payment of the annual licence fee); or
  • the licensee ceases to exist (has been liquidated or become dissolved).
Licence typeLicenseeService name
TLCS   Viacom International Media Networks U.K. Limited VH1
TLCS   Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited 5Spike
TLCS Channel Four Television Corporation Box Christmas
TLCS ITV Digital Channels Limited ITV Box Office

Ofcom can also revoke licences for a number of reasons relating to the conditions of the licence. In such cases, Ofcom will normally publish a statement setting out the reasons for the revocation.

Licence transfers

The following licences have been transferred to a new company who is now the legal licensee.

License typePrevious licenseNew licenseService name
TLCSImmediate Media TV LimitedJewelleryMaker LimitedJewellery Maker
TLCS Immediate Media TV LimitedJewelleryMaker LimitedSewing Quarter
TLCSImmediate Media TV LimitedJewelleryMaker LimitedJewellery Maker; Sewing Quarter
TLCSThe Box Plus Network LimitedChannel Four Television Corporation4Music
TLCSThe Box Plus Network LimitedChannel Four Television Corporation4Music
TLCSThe Box Plus Network LimitedChannel Four Television CorporationKiss
TLCSThe Box Plus Network LimitedChannel Four Television CorporationMagic
TLCSThe Box Plus Network LimitedChannel Four Television CorporationKerrang!
TLCSThe Box Plus Network LimitedChannel Four Television CorporationThe Box
TLCSThe Box Plus Network LimitedChannel Four Television CorporationBox Africa
TLCSThe Box Plus Network LimitedChannel Four Television CorporationBox Hits

Service name changes

Licence typeLicensee Previous service name New service name
TLCS Nickelodeon U.K. LimitedNick Jr.PeppaNick Jr.too
TLCS British Telecommunications PlcBT SportBT Sport Box Office WWE
TLCSColumbia Pictures Corporation LtdKix PowerSony Crime
TLCSBaltic Media Alliance LimitedTVL (TV Latvia)KINOKOMEDIYA (КИНОКОМЕДИЯ)

TLCS – Television Licensable Content Service Licence

DTPS – Digital Television Programme Services Licence

L-DTPS – Local Digital Television Programme Services Licence

PSDTPS – Public Service Digital Television Programme Services Licence

Older information is available at the National Archives.