MuchRetro

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MuchRetro
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MuchRetro logo
Launched September 4, 2003
Owned by Bell Media
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan The best music videos of all time, all the time.
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called MuchMoreRetro (2003–2013)
Sister channel(s) MuchMusic
M3
MuchLOUD
Juicebox
Website MuchRetro
Availability
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
FibreOP Channel 219
MTS Channel 315
Optik TV Channel 257
SaskTel Channel 153

MuchRetro is a Canadian English language Category B music video specialty channel owned by Bell Media. MuchRetro is a commercial-free service that broadcasts music videos from the 1980s to the early 2000s.

History[edit]

In November 2000, CHUM Limited was granted approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a national English language Category 2 specialty television service called MuchMore ClassicVideo, described as "consisting of classic (songs more than five years old) music videos and related programs, including music and pop news or commentaries, interviews, concerts, profiles and specials, as well as music-related feature films and series or programs."[1]

The channel was launched on September 4, 2003 as a commercial-free service under the name MuchMoreRetro,[2] a spin-off of the CHUM-owned channel, then known as MuchMoreMusic.

In July 2006, Bell Globemedia (later called CTVglobemedia) announced that it would purchase CHUM for an estimated $1.7 billion CAD, included in the sale was MuchMoreRetro.[3] The sale was subject to CRTC approval and was approved in June 2007,[4] with the transaction completed on June 22, 2007.

After the channel's initial launch in 2003, it began to introduce commercials throughout its schedule until August 31, 2009 when the channel, along with the other CTVglobemedia-owned digital music channels, switched back to a commercial-free format.[5]

On September 10, 2010, BCE (a minority shareholder in CTVglobemedia) announced that it planned to acquire 100% interest in CTVglobemedia for a total debt and equity transaction cost of $3.2 billion CAD.[6] The deal which required CRTC approval, was approved on March 7, 2011[7] and closed on April 1 of that year, on which CTVglobemedia was rebranded Bell Media.[8]

On November 1, 2013, MuchMoreRetro was re-launched as MuchRetro which adopted a similar logo and website as with the remaining MuchMusic-branded digital music channels, (MuchVibe and MuchLoud). The rebranding marked the first time the channel has been specifically aligned with the flagship MuchMusic brand, as the channel was previously aligned as a spin-off of MuchMoreMusic (now known as M3).

2003-2013 MuchMoreRetro logo

The first 10 music videos to air on MuchRetro[edit]

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