- Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:48 pm
The Sky EPG access is regulated by Ofcom on a "first-come-first-served" basis. All the news channels (at least the English language ones) are grouped in the low 500's. At present the lowest available News category number on the Sky EPG is 514, between Al Jazeera English (513) and the African TVC News (515), with the next slots on 517 and 520 - and depending on the exact access rules it might even be shunted down to 523. As a comparison, Sky News is 501 (i.e. the first in the list) with BBC News on 503. The only way a new channel would be able to get a high-up number in the category in the 50x's, it would have to either swap it with a sister channel in the same category (no use if they don't) or buy-out the EPG slot of a current channel; but unless the channel involved is willing to sell then a new entrant can't do a thing about it - I'd suspect the likes of Bloomberg on 502 and CNBC on 505 wouldn't be willing to give up their prime EPG slots unless they were essentially given an offer they couldn't refuse.
Incidently it was F*x "News" whom pulled themselves off the Sky UK & Ireland EPG a couple of years back - Sky can't unilaterally drop a channel from the EPG unless it is a channel they directly own & operate. The reason given for F*x going goodbye was that it was recording shite ratings, in the rough region of approx 2000 viewers per day in the UK.
Similar EPG rules govern Freeview and Freesat in terms of channel access, and I'd not be surprised if there are similar rules on Virgin Media cable too.
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