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CBM Logo
Launched Never; supposed to in 2003
Closed 6 August 2003
Owned by CBM Media
Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Time Warner)
Website www.cbmmedia.co.uk (Internet Archive)
proposed availability
Freeview Channel 22 (never launched)

CBM was a potential television channel owned by the East Midlands company, CBM Media, to be broadcast in the United Kingdom. It was to be carried on Freeview on multiplex D using the slot now filled by Ideal World. The channel was to provide business news from Bloomberg (including a daily 5am-10am simulcast),[1] independent movies and minor sports to anyone with a Freeview receiver.[2]

Its placeholder, originally named "Ch 22" was added from Freeview's launch in 2002 and was expected to host Turner Classic Movies.[3] However, from 1 May 2003, the placeholder was renamed "CBM" and a test transmission banner was shown, informing viewers "New Service Launching Soon!"[4] However, this screen was shown until 6 August 2003,[5] when the plug was pulled on the channel, the static caption was removed and the channel was relabelled as "Channel 22" on the EPG.

Termination of contract[edit]

On 8 August 2003, Crown Castle (now National Grid Wireless) being the owner of the multiplex, terminated CBM's broadcasting contract, stating that CBM Media were having trouble "reaching strategic milestones", and "no movement had occurred in the channel's launch".[6] Crown Castle then anticipated that the slot was to be filled up by timeshare broadcasters, each having a certain amount of time on air. This was abolished in April 2004, when the 24-hour shopping channel, Ideal World, filled the channel 22 spot.

After the collapse of the deal, CBM Media began considering its options, which included taking legal proceeding for breach of contract by Crown Castle and making a formal complaint to the Independent Television Commission on competition grounds, with a spokesman for CBM Media said that Crown Castle had "no valid basis for termination."[7] Meanwhile, CBM Media persisted with plans to launch a new channel on Freeview, for launch in 2004.[8] The channel would have been devoted entirely to sports, with the working title "Freesport". CBM had reached agreements with 12 national sports bodies for coverage of low profile sports such as rowing, swimming, badminton, canoeing, cycling and netball. Like CBM TV, nothing came of the plans.


  1. ^ "Bloomberg gets CBM slot". Digital Spy. 2003-06-25. 
  2. ^ "CBM to bring "top British sport" to Freeview". Digital Spy. 2003-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Details of proposed DTT services confirmed". Digital Spy. 2002-06-13. 
  4. ^ "'CBM' appears on DTT channel 22". Digital Spy. 2003-05-01. 
  5. ^ "CBM Disappears". The Airwaves. 2003-08-06. Archived from the original on 2012-09-13. 
  6. ^ "New Freeview channel scrapped". BBC News. 2003-08-08. 
  7. ^ "Crown Castle examines options for channel 22". Digital Spy. 2003-08-06. 
  8. ^ "CBM develops sport channel for Freeview". Digital Spy. 2003-10-22.