Carlton Select

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Carlton Select
Launched 3 February 1997 (1997-02-03)
Closed 31 March 2003 (2003-03-31)
Owned by Carlton Television
(subdivision of
Carlton Communications plc)
Availability (At time of closure)
ITV Digital Channel 35
Analogue Channel 7 (UHF) (1995 until 2000)
Channel 7 (UHF) (2000 to 2003)

Carlton Select was a British digital television channel, owned by Carlton Television. It was launched in February 1997, with its sister channels being Carlton Cinema, Carlton Food Network, Carlton Kids and Carlton World.

Carlton Select branded itself as "The UK's leading entertainment cable channel". Together with quiz shows, films and comedies, the channel brought viewers a wide-ranging choice of high quality programming.

The channel was also available via satellite in Africa, on the South African DStv service. Carlton Select was cable only in the UK, but was on ITV Digital until 1 March 2000. When Carlton Select ceased transmission on ITV Digital, it then went back to cable. On 31 March 2003, Carlton Select closed down for good due to poor viewing figures.


This channel was the result of a purchase by Pearson Television of production company, SelecTV for the value of £5.2m in 1996. SelecTV ran a cable-only channel of the same name since June 1995 and whose roots stretch as far back as the mid-80s. SelecTV was rebranded as Carlton Select in February 1997.

The channel broadcast on weekdays from 17:00 to 01:00 and at weekends from 17:00 to 02:00. The other hours were devoted to Carlton Food Network, which timeshared each other.


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