Carlton Select was a British digital television channel, owned by Carlton Television. It was launched in February 1997, with its sister channels being Carlton Cinema, Carlton Food Network, Carlton Kids and Carlton World.
The channel was the result of a purchase by Pearson Television of production company, SelecTV for the value of £5.2m in 1996. SelecTV ran a cable-only channel of the same name since June 1995 and whose roots stretch as far back as the mid-80s. SelecTV was rebranded as Carlton Select in February 1997. The channel broadcast on weekdays from 17:00 to 01:00 and at weekends from 17:00 to 02:00. The other hours were devoted to Carlton Food Network, which timeshared each other.
Carlton Select branded itself as “The UK’s leading entertainment cable channel”. Together with quiz shows, films and comedies, the channel brought viewers a wide-ranging choice of high quality programming. The channel was also available via satellite in Africa, on the South African DStv service. When ITV Digital started to dissolve on 1 May 2002, the channel was at extreme risk, and in July 2002, ONdigital (the former name of ITV Digital) ceased.
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