Pop (UK and Ireland)

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Pop logo
Launched 29 May 2003
Owned by Sony Pictures Television
Picture format 16:9/4:3, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 0.24%
0.03% (+1) (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Formerly called Toons & Tunes (May 2003-June 2003)
Sister channel(s) Chart Show Dance
Chart Show TV
Starz TV
Tiny Pop
True Movies 1
True Movies 2
True Drama
True Entertainment
The Vault
Timeshift service Pop +1
Website popfun.co.uk
Freeview Channel 125 (Local TV areas only)
Channel 127 (+1) (Manchester only)
Freesat Channel 603
Sky Channel 616
Channel 626 (+1)
Eutelsat 28A 11307 V 27500 2/3
11307 V 27500 2/3 (+1)

Pop is a free-to-air children's television channel in the United Kingdom, owned by CSC Media Group. As of June 2014, it broadcasts cartoons, facts and game shows on Sky, Freesat, and Freeview. Its target audience is 7 to 9 year old boys and girls.[1]


It was launched on 29 May 2003, it was known as Toons and Tunes[original research?] for a month, it was rebranded as Pop in June 2003.[citation needed]

Originally, the channel was mainly music videos until February 2004, when cartoons were first shown. Music videos were kept on the channel, but were then dropped entirely during mid-2006. They were later revived in early 2007, but only during a 60-minute slot called "Pop Party", now on Pop Girl.[original research?]

In October 2006, a further change was added: Now the all cap letters ("!" included) are in 3D and are 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?]

Some of the programmes on Pop have previously screened on other UK channels (and hence it's assumed that the previous rights to show have lapsed); some have not been screened in the UK before. In some cases, the channel which previously broadcast a programme is now defunct (such as TCC, Discovery Kids and Toonami).[citation needed]

On 11 October 2007, Pop was launched onto Virgin Media, along with its sister channel Tiny Pop.[original research?]

In 2008, Pop was made available on the then newly launched Freesat platform.[original research?]

Pop was removed from Virgin Media on 28 February 2011 so that True Entertainment could launch.[2]

Although they are now rarely aired in favour of newer content, POP is the sole Television Channel in the UK to air shows made by now-defunct animation studio DiC.


On 20 March 2014, Pop was launched on Freeview.[3] As a result, some pre school programming from its sister channel Tiny Pop stopped being broadcast on Pop. The pre school programmes used to be broadcast between 9am to 3pm every weekday during school term, and they showed programmes such as Little Bear, The Adventures of Chuck and Friends, Numberjacks, 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 since. The only Tiny Pop programme shown on the channel now is My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

On 8 May 2014, Pop started to timeshare with sister channel Chart Show TV when it launched on Freeview, until 3 September where it now broadcasts 24 hours. Pop is only available in areas where there is a local TV channel.

On 8 September 2014, the Freeview EPG stated on channel 126, that Pop +1 would return in September from 3pm to 7pm daily. Pop +1 started broadcasting on Freeview nationwide on 16 September from 3pm. This discontinued on 23 October 2014, whereby Pop +1 continued to broadcast from a multiplex only available in the Greater Manchester area. This is separate from the reception coverage of Pop, but the same multiplex broadcasting the sister channel Chart Show TV on Freeview. In this arrangement, Pop +1 broadcasts 24 hours and the former nationwide slot started to carry Tiny Pop from 3pm to 7pm daily, increasing to 3am to midnight in January 2015. It later increased to all day.

Current Programming

Shows that currently air are as follows:

Pop Through The Night

A late-night schedule follows, consisting of a show running back-to-back. The first block runs from 12:00am to 5:00am, then the second block running til 6am. These two blocks are entitled as Pop Through The Night.

Pop Through The Night programming

The programmes currently running are as follows:


Movies that air are as follows:

Upcoming movies

Related services

Pop Party

"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.T.V.

Pop Junior

Since 12 May 2008, a new block was introduced called "Pop Junior", which has the word "Junior" added to the channel's logo between 9am and 12pm every weekday during school term time. The block shows 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

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.[15] Pop+1 officially closed at 6.00am on Monday 19 May, when it was replaced with Kix!.

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


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