The Biography Channel (British and Irish TV channel)

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The Biography Channel
The Biography Channel.svg
Launched1 October 2000
Closed4 November 2013
Owned byA+E Networks UK (A&E Networks/Sky plc)
Audience share0.1% (November 2012, BARB)
SloganTrue Story
Replaced byLifetime
Sister channel(s)Crime & Investigation Network

The Biography Channel (also known as Bio.) was a British general entertainment channel available in some European countries. The channel was launched on 1 October 2000 by a joint-venture between A+E Networks and British Sky Broadcasting in the United Kingdom. It later became available in Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium. The channel's programming, as the name suggests, is made up of the biographies of famous people, including bands, politicians and criminals. The channel ceased broadcasting at 6am on 4 November 2013 and was replaced by Lifetime.


In the United Kingdom the channel was available on Sky, Smallworld Cable and Virgin Media. In Ireland it was available on Sky and UPC Ireland. In Belgium it was available on Telenet.

Bio. HD[edit]

A high definition version launched on Sky on 5 November 2008,[1] it was also available on UPC Ireland from October 2009. Bio. HD operated on a separate schedule to the standard definition channel and timeshared with CI HD.[2] The channel closed on 3 July 2012 to allow CI HD to broadcast 24 hours a day.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Murph, Darren (14 October 2008). "Sky to launch AETN's Crime and Investigation HD / Bio HD on November 5th". Engadget. Verizon Media. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Even more HD channels on their way to you". Sky User. 13 October 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  3. ^ Paul (3 July 2012). "Crime HD changes and The Biography Channel HD removed". Entertainment Interactive. Retrieved 7 June 2019.

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