The Comedy Channel (UK)

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The Comedy Channel
The Comedy Channel ident.PNG
Launched1 October 1991
Closed30 September 1992
Owned byBritish Sky Broadcasting
Country United Kingdom
Replaced bySky Movies Gold

The Comedy Channel was a short-lived United Kingdom subscription television channel during the early 1990s.


The channel launched on 1 October 1991,[1] soon after the merger of Sky Television plc and British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB). The merged company, British Sky Broadcasting, brought together comedy programming from its existing libraries - Sky having an archive of US imports including Three's Company, I Love Lucy, Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies and Seinfeld, and BSB having obtained rights to a number of BBC sitcoms such as Dad's Army and The Goodies.

The Comedy Channel existed in the days before the basic "Sky Multichannels" subscription package,[citation needed] so was made available as a premium service to subscribers of either Sky Movies or The Movie Channel.[citation needed] Listings for the channel were carried in the Radio Times[2] and other listings magazines.

The channel[when?] eventually lost the broadcast rights to the BBC shows following the expiry of the contract between the BBC and former BSB.[citation needed] Eventually the channel closed on 30 September 1992, to be replaced by a "classic movies" channel, Sky Movies Gold.[citation needed]