Heart TV

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Heart TV
Heart TV logo.png
Launched 11 October 2012
Closed 11 October 2018
Owned by Global
Picture format 16:9 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 0.01% (June 2017 (2017-06), BARB)
Slogan More Feel Good Music!
Country United Kingdom
Broadcast area United Kingdom
Ireland
Sister channel(s) Capital TV
Website heart.co.uk/tv
Availability
(at time of closure)
Satellite
Sky Channel 374
Astra 2G 11553 H 22000 5/6
Streaming media
Heart Watch live
TVPlayer Watch live (UK only)

Heart TV (stylized as 'heartv') was a British 24-hour pop music television channel owned by Global as a brand extension of radio's Heart network. The channel played music videos from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s (including romantic music and film scores).

It reached 927,000 viewers on average per month on Sky alone.

History[edit]

On 3 July 2012, Global announced it would launch a TV channel of the same name, Heart.[1] The station launched on Sky and Freesat platforms on 11 October 2012 at 11:00 p.m. (this was postponed twice), along with a TV channel of the same name for sister radio station Capital.[2] The channels could also be watched via dedicated iOS and Android apps, as well as online. Both channels played non-stop music videos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and also featured live coverage for major musical events across the UK.[3] On 24 July 2012 it was confirmed BSkyB would be responsible for ad sales on both channels, likewise with the radio station, Heart TV was aimed at a target audience of housewives with children.[4]

In February 2015, Global were reprimanded by the media regulator Ofcom following an incident in October 2014 during which Heart TV played 72 seconds more than the permitted amount of advertising during one particular hour. Global said the incident had occurred because a commercial break was pushed to the end of an hour by software controlling its output, creating too much advertising time for the following hour.[5]

The channel originally aimed to play “more music variety” (similar to the radio), however, after the slogan was changed in February 2017 to “Turn Up the Feel Good”, it said “more feel good music”.

It was removed from Freesat on 10 October 2018, and on Sky the next day, along with Capital TV, and all mentions of it have disappeared from the Heart website. The last music video aired on the channel was "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars. [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Laughlin, Andrew (14 July 2012). "Global to launch Heart TV". Digital Spy.
  2. ^ "Heart and Capital TV have launched". a516digital. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  3. ^ Laughlin, Andrew (12 October 2012). "Capital TV, Heart TV launch on Sky and Freesat". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  4. ^ McCabe, Masie (24 July 2012). "Global appoints Sky Media for Heart and Capital TV ad sales". Media Week. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Heart TV in breach for too many adverts". Radio Today. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Global pulls plug on TV stations". a516digital. Retrieved 2018-10-11.