Wednesday, 15 September 2010

BSkyB to Close Bravo

Worrying news out of Sky today: the media conglomerate is to close down TV channel Bravo, a channel it recently acquired in its takeover of the Living TV group earlier this year.

Sky have reportedly decided to focus on the Living channel’s portfolio, which will see the home of Britain’s Next Top Model and other stellar programming such as Dating in the Dark (sense the sarcasm) receive a 25% boost to its programming budget.

This news is disastrous for UK TV connoisseurs; obviously the loss of jobs for the staff that will no doubt be jettisoned is sad news, but in a purely selfish capacity I am now gravely concerned about what will become of two of my favourite shows currently on TV: Sons of Anarchy and White Collar.

Both had been heavily featured on Bravo over the summer and I can’t really see them being the sort of shows that Sky1 would pick up. Obviously Five have at least partial rights to Sons as they have been airing season one earlier this year but Bravo were the UK channel that had first play rights to both these shows and both fit the channel’s manifesto.

If this is the end of these two shows getting UK TV airings then it will be yet another disappointment for fans of the best US TV there is, as UK channels continue to treat these sorts of shows and their fans without a single thought.


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