Propeller TV

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Propeller TV
Propeller TV Logo
Launched 6 February 2006
Owned by Xiking Group
Headquarters Chiswick Park, 566 Chiswick High Rd, London W4 5YA
Sky Channel 189
Eutelsat 28A 11344 V 27500 2/3
Freewire Channel 190

Propeller TV is broadcast on SKY Channel 189 and is the premium channel for the UK-China community.

Recently Propeller TV was launched on the CIBN platform (China International Broadcasting Network) in China and continues to broadcast across a UK higher education television network covering 230,000 students.

The channel was created with UK government investment and began broadcasting in 2005. In 2009 Propeller TV was bought by the Xiking Group, Beijing.

Propeller TV relaunched during April 2013 with a new weekly schedule and content produced in both the UK and China.


The channel launched on 6 February 2006 on British Sky Broadcasting's satellite platform, Sky.[1]

It was run by the Image Channel Company Ltd, a subsidiary of the Grimsby Institute in the United Kingdom until it was acquired in June 2009 by the Xiking Group, after six months of talks.[2] There are plans to overhaul the channel and produce programmes promoting Chinese culture, brands and people, with some possibly broadcast in Chinese.[citation needed]


  • Business World - Propeller TV's fortnightly, half-hour, up-to-the-minute, bilingual, magazine programme, of insightful interviews with prominent figures and in-depth reports on international finance, commerce and industry in China and the UK. It is designed to be of particular value to those wanting to do business in China or to reach the Chinese diaspora in the UK, to those interested in the world’s second largest economy and its complex society, as well as to those in both the UK and China wanting to gain a greater understanding of each other’s culture and way of life.
  • UK LifeStyler - Propeller TV's fun time TV show, a fortnightly, half-hour, bi-lingual entertainment magazine programme, comparing, contrasting and celebrating the rich cultures of China and the UK. The show is where it's at the crossroads of entertainment and culture. It examines arts, fashion, food, travel, music, film and entertainment, using these topics to explore and explain the way of life of Chinese and British peoples.
  • Chinatown - Propeller TV's documentary strand, each week it examines a different element of China and Chinese culture within the UK's Chinese community. From art to theatre to storytelling to books and beyond, Chinatown will cover a wide range of subjects from politics to popular culture, technology to teaching, fashion to festivals, offering insights and information about the most populous nation on earth and its influence around the globe.
  • Passengers - Propeller TV's viewer generated content show - travel to and from China. The show uses social media to generate video responses to questions and asks our viewers to be our tour guides.
  • The Sound Stage - Propeller TV's music exchange show, featuring up and coming bands from China and intercuts with the up-and-coming bands from the UK in an innovative cross-cultural fusion show - music videos, interviews and performances all in one handy package.
  • HiBrow Arts - Propeller TV's top end arts programme, showing the world's most marvelous performances, concerts, plays, rehearsals, interviews, gallery tours and documentaries.

Anime Network block[edit]

On 3 June 2007, Propeller TV began airing anime as part of its Anime Network block, which was produced by A.D. Vision. The Anime Network block was aired 2 hours with 4 different anime series from 8:00pm to 10:00pm daily. Propeller TV ended its Anime Network block on 1 January 2008.[3]

Really, Propeller TV's Anime Network block turned out to be a British version of the 1st North American all-anime cable network, the Anime Network, now a joint venture between AEsir Media Group LLC and Valkyrie Media Partners LLC and formerly a division of A.D. Vision from its foundation in 2002 up until 1 September 2009.[4] 1 January 2008 was the same day Anime Network discontinued its 24/7 linear service to continue to support a VOD service on its main website too.[3] Currently, the network focuses on anime & Japanese films property of Section23 Films, Sentai Filmworks, AEsir Holdings, Maiden Japan, Nozomi Entertainment (currently unstreamed, however the Section23, Sentai, AEsir and Maiden Japan are streamed on VOD) and Kraken Releasing, and formerly of ADV Films, a division of the producer of the Anime Network UK block, A.D. Vision.

China-UK Film and TV Conference[edit]

Propeller TV and Xiking Media and Culture organised the China UK Film and TV Conference on 20 September 2015 in London.[5]

The conference aimed to promote strong partnerships between China and the UK in the realms of entertainment, such as television and cinema. It was attended by some big names from various fields, including Chinese Vice Premier, Yandong Liu and UK Minister of Culture, Media and Sport, Ed Vaizey, who both opened the show season together.

The conference held various seminars, from co-production to financing, and was attended by various professionals working in the related sectors, who were looking towards partnerships in China for the future of the industry.

Hosted at the Institute of Directors in London, the conference marks a significant development following the signing of the China/UK Film Co-production Treaty, which was ratified in 2015.[6]

Supported by the UKTI, the China-UK Film and Television Conference aims to help film industry professionals learn more about China and to enable Chinese professionals to get in touch with their peers and provide a platform that promotes international business connections.

With the Chinese audiences growing, more theaters are being built, and the movies are getting better,[7] the Chinese want to work with the UK’s renowned creative industries in order to develop new content for the Chinese domestic market, as well as international distribution.

Notable attendees at the conference included influential figures from both China and the UK. Guests from China included Yu Dong, Founder and CEO of Bona Film Group; Ye Ning, Vice President of Wanda Media; and Wang Guijun, Executive Vice President of Perfect World Pictures. Attendees from the UK side included Amanda Berry, CEO of BAFTA; Andrew M Smith, CEO of Pinewood China; Brent Hoberman, Business Ambassador of the UK; Edward Vaizey, HM Minister of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries ; Richard Badley, CEO of Lion TV; and Sue Bishop, Director of Creative Economy, Tech and Construction at UKTI.

Whilst the conference opened with a ceremony attended by the influential figures mentioned above,[5] this opening ceremony was followed by various seminars and panels, aimed to provide knowledge in a wide array areas. The second day of the events saw seminars as listed follow[5]

  • Film & TV Market of China and the UK;
  • Co-production and Mutual Obligations;
  • Exhibition and Distribution;
  • Film Finance;
  • TV, IPTV & VOD Opportunities in China;
  • Advances in Technical Excellence.

These seminars and talks were hosted by big Chinese and English companies, including ITV Studios, making the event a definite must in the calendar of business insiders.

China-UK Media Roundtable[edit]

Hosted by the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China, UK Trade and Investment, and organized by Propeller TV, the China-UK Media Roundtable was held in London on 23 November 2015.

Representatives from government organizations of two nations, principles from the media industry, and other specialists raised a heated discussion over the issues such as media industry development, media convergence and development between new media and traditional media, and co-operations between Chinese and UK in terms of media.

Jing Junhai, the Vice minister of the publicity Department of the CPC, attended the opening ceremony, along with Bi Xiaopu, Sue Bishop, Director of Creative Economy, Tech and Construction at UKTI, and Ye Zhenzhen, Executive Director of Propeller TV. They addressed their expectation that this conference will bring new opportunities for China-UK media and promote further achievement for China-UK media pragmatic cooperation.[8]

House of Fraser Partners with Propeller TV[edit]

On 22 September 2016, a joint signing ceremony was held between Propeller TV and House of Fraser, overseen by House of Fraser’s parent company Sanpower, signaling the start of a prosperous and strategic partnership for the three companies.[9]

The signing ceremony was held in House of Fraser London head office, and was attended by Managing Director of Propeller TV Zhenzhen Ye, Executive Chairman of House of Fraser Frank Slevin, and Senior Vice-President of Sanpower Group Lei Yue. At the ceremony, the three companies expressed their desire to cultivate a steady and strategic partnership, and use this beneficial partnership to increase the brand impact and power of the House of Fraser and Sanpower brands within the UK and China.

Why Propeller TV?

Propeller TV is in a fantastic position to lead this partnership in the UK – established in 2006 and acquired by the Xiking Group in 2009, Propeller TV produces and airs high-quality Sino-English content on Sky Channel 189, and exists as a respected member of the multimedia community within the UK and in China. With the leadership of Xiking Group, Propeller TV sits as the perfect bridge between the UK and China.

Executive Chairman of House of Fraser Frank Slevin echoed these sentiments in his speech prior to the document signing, stating his excitement to work with Propeller TV, and understanding the crucial importance of working with a company that understands China, and can understand House of Fraser. Frank Slevin stated, “China, as we know, is an extremely important market to us as we look to grow our business, and having a strong partnership with somebody to help us promote the brand is clearly very important to the future success of our business in that market.”[10]

Propeller TV’s Managing Director Zhenzhen Ye warmly accepted Frank Slevin’s comments, and added that “Propeller TV intends to promote the benefits of Chinese investment to the local economy and as an opportunity for UK brands to enter the Chinese market. It's a great opportunity to break through culture differences”,[10] sharing the excitement in bringing House of Fraser to the Chinese market.

Storror Partners with Propeller TV[edit]

Propeller TV is excited to announce it's exclusive partnership for the Chinese-speaking world with leading British parkour team Storror. Storror, a team of young and exciting top athletes with a strong passion for adventure, are looking to reach out to the Chinese-speaking market, where Propeller TV's expertise lie.

Storror's recent projects are focusing on the Asia region, in particular Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul, which makes this partnership with China-facing Propeller TV a beneficial one. With Storror not only focusing on producing their own original parkour content, but also being hired for exciting blockbuster films, one of Storror's founding members Drew Taylor expressed his excitement at the partnership, stating "the opportunity in Mainland China with its established Parkour scene and opportunities to delve into the Chinese movie industry has always been something we have had our eye on, but just didn’t know where to start."[11]

Propeller TV also hopes to help Storror utilize the unique cities and landscapes of China, to bring parkour fans both in the UK and overseas fantastic new content, and help open the doors to China's underground parkour scene. Similarly, Simon Dalton, Director of Access China at Propeller TV echoed his sentiment, saying "We are really thrilled to have this opportunity to help such a fantastic and elite parkour group break into the exciting Chinese market."[11]


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  2. ^ "China entrepreneur buys Propellor satellite TV: report". Agence France-Presse. 2009-07-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Anime Network's 24/7 Linear Service Discontinued". Anime News Network. 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  4. ^ "ADV Films Shuts Down, Parent Transfers All Assets to Other Companies". Anime News Network. 2009-09-01. Archived from the original on 3 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  5. ^ a b c "Propeller TV hosts China UK Film and TV Conference". Propeller TV. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  6. ^ "Landmark deal secures future of British film in China". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  7. ^ Reprints, Bilge Ebiri Subscribe (2015-07-30). "China’s Film Industry Is Gaining on Hollywood". Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  8. ^ "First China-UK Media Roundtable held in London". Propeller TV. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  9. ^ "House of Fraser与英国普罗派乐卫视正式达成战略合作". Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  10. ^ a b "Propeller TV welcomes its new strategic partnership with House of Fraser". Propeller TV. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  11. ^ a b "Propeller TV partners with extraordinary British parkour team Storror!". Propeller TV. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 

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