Pop (UK and Ireland)

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Pop logo
Launched1st October 2002; 16 years ago (1st October 2002)
Owned bySony Pictures Television
Picture format16:9/4:3, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share0.30%
0.03% (+1) (September 2016 (2016-09), BARB)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Formerly calledToons & Tunes (2002-2003)
Pop (2003-2006)
POP! (2006-10)
Sister channel(s)Movies4Men
Pop Max
Sony Crime Channel
Sony Movie Channel
Tiny Pop
True Crime
True Entertainment
True Movies
Timeshift servicePop +1
FreeviewChannel 206
Channel 209 (+1) (Manchester only)
FreesatChannel 603
Channel 606 (+1)
SkyChannel 616
Channel 625 (+1)
Astra 2F11307 V 27500 5/6
11307 V 27500 5/6 (+1)
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 736
WightFibreChannel 100
Streaming media
FilmOnInternet Protocol Television
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only) (TVPlayer Plus subscription required)
Sky GoWatch live (UK & Ireland only)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)

Pop (formerly stylised as POP!) is a free-to-air children's television channel in the United Kingdom, owned by Sony Pictures Television Networks. As of June 2014, it broadcasts cartoons, facts and game shows on Sky, Freesat, and Freeview. Its target audience is 8 to 10-year-old children.[1]


The channel was launched on 1 October 2002 then known as Toons and Tunes. It was rebranded as Pop in June 2003.[citation needed]

The channel originally focusses mostly on music videos until cartoons became more prominent on the channel in February 2004. Music videos were kept on the channel, but were dropped entirely in 2006. They were later revived in early 2007, but only during a 60-minute slot called "Pop Party."[original research?]

In October 2006, a further change was added: The all capital letters ("!" included) of the logo became 3D and were shown dancing or chasing each other and eventually spelling out the logo "POP!". This ident was set to music very similar to the song Yakety Sax, though this was changed after a few months, perhaps due to the similarity.[original research?]

In September 2008, Pop refreshed its logo to the colours purple and red.


Some of the programmes that air are sourced from the likes of 4K Media Inc., DreamWorks Classics, 9 Story Media Group, Hasbro Studios, DHX Media, Nelvana, Studio 100, Splash Entertainment, PGS Entertainment and Zodiak Media.

Current programming[edit]


On 20 March 2014, Pop was launched on Freeview.[17] As a result, some pre-school programming from its sister channel Tiny Pop started being broadcast on Pop. The pre-school programmes would be broadcast between 9 am to 3 pm every weekday during school term, and they showed programmes such as Little Bear, The Adventures of Chuck and Friends, Numberjacks, Postman Pat, Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs and Timothy Goes to School amongst other Tiny Pop shows. This ceased in February 2015 as a result of Tiny Pop having also become available on Freeview.

On 8 May 2014, Pop started to timeshare (6 am – 10 pm) with sister channel Chart Show TV (10 pm – 6 am) when this launched on Freeview, until 3 September 2014 when Chart Show TV migrated to Manchester-only service; as a result Pop now broadcasts 24 hours.

On 8 September 2014, the Freeview EPG stated on channel 126, that Pop +1 would commence broadcasting on Freeview in September, available from 3 pm to 7 pm daily on a nationwide multiplex (thus with wider availability than the core Pop service). Transmission began on 16 September from 3 pm. This arrangement was discontinued on 23 October 2014, whereby Pop +1 migrated to broadcast from a multiplex only available in the Greater Manchester area (the same multiplex broadcasting the sister channel Chart Show TV on Freeview.) In its new arrangement, Pop +1 broadcasts 24 hours a day. The former nationwide Pop +1 slot started to carry Tiny Pop from 3 pm to 7 pm daily, increasing to 21 hours a day (3am to midnight) in January 2015.

Prior to April 2016, Pop was only available in areas where there is a local TV channel. On 1 April 2016, Pop moved to a wider coverage nationwide freeview mux, becoming available to over 90% of the country.[18] The capacity vacated by Pop on the local multiplex was used to transmit Kix from 7 April 2016. Pop +1 moved to LCN channel 128, to release 127 for use by Kix, but was otherwise unaffected, continuing to broadcast locally to Manchester only.

Related services[edit]

Pop Party[edit]

"Pop Party" was a selection of music videos aired on Pop, usually in the form of a 30 or 60-minute programming block.[citation needed]

CSC Media licences the Pop Party name and brand for use on a series of pop music compilations released by Universal Music's compilations arm U.M. "Tiny Pop" Also Aired Pop Party

Pop Junior[edit]

On 12 May 2008, a new block was introduced called "Pop Junior", which has the word "Junior" added to the channel's logo between 9 am and 12 pm every weekday during school half term time. The block showed programmes aimed at the younger end of Pop's audience, such as Inspector Gadget or Fraggle Rock.[original research?]


Pop's website includes a TV guide and more features such as quizzes, art galleries, jokes, games and competitions. This was launched shortly after Tiny Pop's website.[citation needed]

Pop +1[edit]

A timeshift service called Pop +1 was available until 2008.

The AGB Nielsen Media Research website first announced that Pop+1 would close and would be replaced by a new channel called Klix!, however, this was a mistake and the channel was now in fact called Kix!. The correction was made with a new article being posted. It was stated that all the other details will remain the same of which was posted in the original article.[19] Pop+1 officially closed at 6.00 am on Monday 19 May, when it was replaced with Kix!.

Pop +1 returned on 14 July 2014, replacing Kix +.

Italian version[edit]

On 4 May 2017, Sony Pictures Television Networks launched an Italian version of Pop, being their first free-to-air channel in the country. It airs similar programming to the UK version and has the same logo.

Formerly called[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "POP | Showreel | CSC Media". Cscmediagroup.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Check out brand new ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Mattel announces broadcasters for Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures | Toy World Magazine". toyworldmag.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  4. ^ {{Cite web|url=https://www.popfun.co.uk/tv-shows/counterfeit-cat/%7Ctitle=Counterfeit Cat|Pop|Website=Pop|access-date=4 June 2019}}
  5. ^ "Check out new TV show Grizzy and the Lemmings on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Hanazuki: Full of Treasures premieres on Pop | Toy World Magazine". toyworldmag.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Check out brand new Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  8. ^ "SONY POP GETS "MEGANIZED" WITH MEGA MAN: FULLY CHARGED". DHX Media. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Miraculous nets new UK licensees". Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Catch new episodes of Pokémon X&Y Kalos Quest only on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  11. ^ "See brand new Polly Pocket only on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Big news for UK fans, Sonic Boom is back on TV - Pop UK, a freeview". desclyrantu.ga. 3 January 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Teletoon+, Pop converse with Talking Tom". C21media. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  14. ^ POP FUN TV (31 May 2019), BRAND NEW Total Dramarama | Starts on Monday | POP 💥, retrieved 3 June 2019
  15. ^ "See brand new Trollhunters only on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Win a TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON! toy bundle and watch the series on POP". www.primarytimes.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  17. ^ "New children's channel Pop launches on Freeview | Toy World Magazine". Toyworldmag.co.uk. 21 April 2014. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  18. ^ "POP extends Freeview reach April 2016". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  19. ^ [1][dead link]

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