Challenge

Challenge is a United Kingdom digital TV channel that mostly airs programmes dedicated to gameshows. It is owned by British Sky Broadcasting. The channel mostly transmits repeats of programmes acquired from UK terrestrial channel archives (e.g. BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5) and a few from around the world (e.g. – NBC (USA), Nine Network (Australia), M-Net (South Africa), with a few original productions commissioned by the channel itself.

The station was originally called The Family Channel. From its launch on 1 September 1993 to 2 February 1997, the channel aired shows from a mixture of genres, mainly sitcoms, game shows, dramas and entertainment. The Family Channel came about when TVS was sold on 1 February 1993 to the American Company International Family Entertainment Inc. which included the ownership of MTM Enterprises. IFE subsequently launched a UK version of The Family Channel based in The Maidstone Studios and using some elements of the TVS programme archive. Flextech were a partner in the venture, taking a 39% stake in the business.

The Family Channel did produce some UK original programming, but heavily relied upon content from MTM Enterprises/TVS archive and imports from the USA. It was claimed that the channel produced more original series worldwide than any other cable or satellite network.

Family Channel

Family Channel

Challenge launched as The Family Channel.
Challenge TV: 1997-1999

Challenge TV: 1997-1999

On 3 February 1997, The Family Channel was re-branded as Challenge TV and mainly focuses on gameshows taken from a variety of terrestrial and digital channel archives.
Challenge TV: 1999-2002

Challenge TV: 1999-2002

In January 1999 Challenge TV's studio and presentation was overhauled.
Challenge: 2002 - 2004

Challenge: 2002 - 2004

On 20 May 2002, Challenge adopted a new look, with all in-vision presenters being dropped.
Challenge: 2004-2006

Challenge: 2004-2006

On 1 November 2004, the channel's presentation was revamped for the third time. The logo was a more simplified version of the 2002-2004 logo.
Challenge: 2006-2011

Challenge: 2006-2011

In September 2006, the presentation was changed for the fourth time.
Challenge: 2011-2013

Challenge: 2011-2013

A new look for Challenge was unveiled on 13 September 2011.
Challenge: 2013-2016

Challenge: 2013-2016

Challenge launched a new look on Monday 7th October 2013, the same day as Pick TV was rebranded as Pick.
Challenge: 2016-

Challenge: 2016-

A new look for Challenge was launched on Thursday, 23rd June 2016.

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