Pop (UK and Ireland)
|Launched||29 May 2003|
|Owned by||Sony Pictures Television|
|Picture format||16:9/4:3, 576i (SDTV)|
~0.0% (+1) (September 2014 , BARB)
Chart Show Dance
Chart Show TV
True Movies 1
True Movies 2
|Timeshift service||Pop +1|
|Freeview||Channel 125 (Local TV areas only)
Channel 127 (+1) (Manchester only)
Channel 629 (+1)
Pop is a free-to-air children's television channel in the United Kingdom, owned by CSC Media Group. As of June 2014, it broadcasts cartoons, facts and game shows on Sky, Freesat, and Freeview. Its target audience is 4 to 9 year old boys and girls.
Logo and mascots
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Pop's logo originally consisted of the word 'pop' in blue writing, with a red background.[original research?] When shown on the channel, the logo was animated, with balloons floating past the letters, or the letters themselves becoming balloons.[original research?] It changed in October 2006 to multi-coloured letters and background animation with stars.[original research?] The letters became all caps, and an exclamation mark was added. In September 2008 it was changed once again. This time having white letters on an orange background.[original research?]
The channel had 2 mascots — two cartoon characters — talk about upcoming cartoons, introduce competitions, read viewers' jokes and show viewers' artwork.[original research?] The characters were Rorry and his pet cat Purrdy[original research?]. The mascots disappeared in 2008.
Originally, the channel was mainly music videos until February 2004, when cartoons were first shown. Music videos were kept on the channel, but were then dropped entirely during mid-2006. They were later revived in early 2007, but only during a 60 minute slot called "Pop Party".[original research?]
In October 2006, a further change was added: Now the all cap letters ("!" included) are in 3D and are shown dancing or chasing each other and eventually spelling out the logo "POP!". This ident was set to music very similar to the song Yakety Sax, though this was changed after a few months, perhaps due to the similarity.[original research?]
Some of the programmes on Pop have previously screened on other UK channels (and hence it's assumed that the previous rights to show have lapsed); some have not been screened in the UK before. In some cases, the channel which previously broadcast a programme is now defunct (such as TCC, Discovery Kids and Toonami).
On 20 March 2014, Pop was launched on Freeview. On 8 May 2014, Pop started to timeshare with sister channel Chart Show TV when it launched on Freeview, until 3 September where it now broadcasts 24 hours. Pop is only available in areas where there is a local TV channel.
On 8 September 2014, the Freeview EPG stated on channel 126, that Pop +1 would return in September from 3pm to 7pm daily. Pop +1 started broadcasting on Freeview nationwide on 16 September from 3pm. This discontinued on 23 October 2014, whereby Pop +1 continued to broadcast from a multiplex only available in the Greater Manchester area. This is separate from the reception coverage of Pop, but the same multiplex broadcasting the sister channel Chart Show TV on Freeview. In this arrangement, Pop +1 broadcasts 24 hours and the former nationwide slot has Tiny Pop from 3pm to 7pm daily.
According to CSC Media, as of November 2014, Pop's "defining programmes" are:
- The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers
- Backyard Science
- Eliot Kid
- Finding Stuff Out
- Littlest Pet Shop
- Oscar's Oasis
- Sally Bollywood: Super Detective
- Scaredy Squirrel
- The Smurfs
- Totally Spies
- Transformers: Rescue Bots
However, the programmes currently running (according to their TV Schedule) are as follows:
- Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot
- Clay Kids
- History Hunters
- Invisible Network of Kids
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
- Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion
- Power Rangers Super Megaforce
- Rekkit Rabbit
- Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL
A late-night schedule follows, consisting of two shows running back-to-back. The first show block runs from 10:30pm to 1:30am, then the second show running til 6am.
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"Pop Party" was a selection of music videos aired on Pop, usually in the form of a 30 or 60 minute programming block.
CSC Media licences the Pop Party name and brand for use on a series of pop music compilations released by Universal Music's compilations arm U.M.T.V.
Since 12 May 2008, a new block was introduced called "Pop Junior", which has the word "Junior" added to the channel's logo between 9am and 12pm every weekday during school term time. The block shows programmes aimed at the younger end of Pop's audience, such as Inspector Gadget or Fraggle Rock.[original research?]
A timeshift service called Pop +1 was available until 2008.
The AGB Nielsen Media Research website first announced that Pop+1 would close and would be replaced by a new channel called Klix!, however, this was a mistake and the channel was now in fact called Kix!. The correction was made with a new article being posted. It was stated that all the other details will remain the same of which was posted in the original article. Pop+1 officially closed at 6.00am on Monday 19 May, when it was replaced with Kix!.
Pop +1 returned on 14 July 2014, replacing Kix +.
- "POP". CSC Media Group. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
- "CSC Media does channel swap on VM". The Airwaves. 2 March 2011. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011.
- "New children’s channel Pop launches on Freeview". toyworld. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
- Pop+1 to cease to be a staggercast (+1 hour timeshift) channel (Revised article)