Fox is the fourth main free to air TV channel in the Euro Republics, commonly available on LCN 4.

It audiences a young male & female audience, and it airs news, sport, movies, children's shows, animation, action, US drama and comedy. The channel broadcasts in 5 languages with subtitles and via audio options. The channel airs free every day from 6pm to 5am.

The channel is the fourth of the five main NSB (National Service Broadcaster) broadcasters in the country, the others being ETV One, Network Two, sister channel TV3 & Prime Television, and therefore has to provide at least 5 hours of original & repeated Euro Republican entertainment content a week, mostly used by Liquid News, archive content from it's early days as Channel 4, ZTV & TV4, TV3 repeats & spin-offs of TV3 programmes. The channel has to air at least an hour of news programmes between Monday-Friday, used by Fox Headline News, with it's 19:10, 12:00 & post-midnight bulletins.

History

Around the autumn of 1994, rumours began to spread spread that TV3 was planning a new channel aimed at a younger audience, and was confirmed in January 1995 that a fourth channel was coming to ER TV screens. Potential for the channel included

  • 3Plus
  • TV4
  • Channel 4
  • TV3 Extra
  • YTV - Youth Television
  • Television 4
  • Change-Channel
  • Bang TV

It launched as Ch 4 (said by announcers as Channel 4) at 8:25 pm on Halloween night 1995. The network was to offer alternative and younger-based channel than the other networks, as well as popular series made famous on TV3, which led to Network Two relaunching soon after. The first night included The Simpsons, new episodes of Seinfeld and Friends, the debut of Channel 4 Live, a special edition of TV3's Nightline and a special live edition of Music Hits. The launch night was also completely simulcast on TV3. Channel 4 originally used in-vision continuity, but was quickly dropped. The first advert was for Pepsi. Holiday group Thomson also made a special advert for the launch of the new channel, which was seen throughout the evening and early morning.

On May 1, 2003, Ch 4 was completely relaunced as ZTV. While it kept some of it’s original launch shows, most were phased out and moved to TV3 or other channels. The refresh also saw the channel launch a larger emphasis on music programming.

There was a weekly Thursday block foucusing on adult animation known as Padlock. This included the Euro Republican debuts of Monkey Dust, 3 South, Spy Groove, Hey Monie! and Clone High, and also included Family Guy, South Park & Queer Duck, all of which had already aired on TV3 and Ch 4. Later additions to the block include Odd Job Jack, Game Over, Stripperella, Free for All and Father of the Pride.

ZTV rebranded into Viasat4 on September 8, 2007. Most music programming would be moved to TV3 and eventually V5 while V4 would focus on entertainment programming for youth audiences.

On 19th February, 2020, It was announced that as part of a new multi-year deal with The Walt Disney Company, that Viasat 4 would be relaunched on the coming April 3rd as a localised version of the Fox network.

The rebrand saw a shift to a younger audience, and was repositioned as both a variety channel aimed at the 0-39 age group, including movies, comedy, gameshows and kids shows, and a youth network similar to the original Ch 4.

It rebranded on 3rd April, 2020 at 8.30pm with a special programme beforehand marking the best shows aired by TV4 in it’s 13 year history, and another one afterwards, an hour long show previewing the upcoming content on FOX.

Programming

Current programming

News & current affairs

  • Fox Headline News (1995-present)
  • This Week ER (2020-present)
  • The Chord (2020-present)
  • TVi (2019-present)
  • Liquid News (2001-present)

Comedy

  • Seinfeld (US) (1995-present)
  • The King of Queens (US) (2007-present)
  • Friends (US) (1995-present)
  • Married... With Children (US) (1995-2003, 2007-present)
  • Malcolm In The Middle (US) (2000-present)
  • The Big Bang Theory (USA) (2007-present)
  • The Office USA (2007-present)
  • Harry Hill‘s TV Burp (UK) (2003-present, shared with Prime, TV3 and Fox8)
  • First Take (2019-present; original for season 1; reruns from season 2 onwards)

British breakfast shows

  • Good Morning Britain (2014-present)
  • Lorraine (2010-present)

Animation

  • The Simpsons (US) (1995-2003, 2007-present, shared with other EuroMedia networks)
  • Family Guy (US) (1999-2003, 2007-present)
  • King Of The Hill (US) (1997-present)
  • American Dad (US) (2005-present)
  • South Park (US) (1997-2003, 2007-present, reruns from 2020; new episodes moving to TV3)
  • Bob’s Burgers (US) (2011-present, shared with other EuroMedia networks)
  • Mintered (UK/US) (1996-present, also on other EuroMedia networks)
  • Dumb Teacher (US) (2006-present; reruns; episodes first shown on Premiere)
  • Brickleberry (US) (2013-present)
  • Futurama (US) (1999-present)
  • Archer (US) (2010-present, shared with FX)
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force (US) (2002-present)
  • Toonified (1999-present)
  • Bless The Harts (US) (2019-present)
  • Bluey Minter’s Ultimate Combo! (US/UK) (2000-present)
  • Duncanville (US) (2020-present)
  • Bluey (AUS) (2020-present)

Reality

Gameshows/Quizshows

  • Family Fortunes (UK) (1995-present)
  • Family Fortunes Euro Republics (ER) (1998-present)
  • Family Feud (US) (1995-present)
  • The Crystal Maze (UK) (1995-present)
  • Catchphrase (UK) (1995-present)
  • The Chase (UK) (2010-present)
  • Tipping Point (UK) (2012-present)
  • Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (versions from UK, USA, Australia, Euro Republics) (1998-present)

Sports

  • UEFA Champions Leauge (only if two matches happen at once) (1995-present)
  • UEFA Europa Leauge (1995-present)
  • UEFA Super Cup (1995-present)
  • WWE Raw (live) (1999-present)
  • WWE Smackdown (live) (1999-present)
  • AEW Dynamite (highlights) (2019-present; aired live on TNT)

Short-form series

  • Doodle Toons (2017-present)

Drama

  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2001-present)
  • CSI: Miami (2002-present)
  • CSI: NY (2005-present)
  • CSI: Cyber (2015-present)
  • JAG (1996-present)
  • NCIS (2004-present)
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (2010-present)
  • NCIS: New Orleans (2015-present)
  • Hawaii Five-0 (2011-present)

Soaps

  • Neighbours (1995-present; repeats)
  • Coronation Street (1995-present; repeats)
  • Hollyoaks (1995-present; repeats)

Others

  • Face Inside (2005-present)
  • Body Hits (2011-present)
  • Awesome Super Tales (2012-present)
  • It's Good to Be Picaso (2015-present)
  • 2004: War and Utopia (2016-present)
  • Police Ten 7 (US) (2001-present)
  • Police Ten 7 El Kadsre (EK) (2003-present)
  • Oddity Archive (US) (2015-present)
  • Rescue 911 (US) (1996-2000, 2018-present)
  • Real TV (US) (2003-present)
  • Simpsons Moments (2020-present)
  • Phantom Gourmet (US) (2004-present)
  • Abroad in Japan (UK/JP) (2014-present)
  • The Nostalgia Critic (US) (2014-present)
  • Angry Video Game Nerd (US) (2008-present) 
  • FBE (US) (2015-present)
  • Vinesauce (SWE) (2016-present)
  • Memeulous (UK) (2017-present)
  • Pyronical (UK) (2017-present)
  • Slazo (UK) (2018-present)
  • Otaku Police Force (2017-present)
  • PewDiePie (SE) (2017-present)
  • Culture Pub (FR) (1995-2006; 2008-present) (with English subtitles)
  • Another Dirty Room (US) (2017-present)
  • DramaAlert (US) (2016-present)
  • Hot Ones (US) (2015-present)
  • It's Japan, Man! (JP) (2019-present) 
  • The Hard Sell with Bob the Fish (UK) (2016-present)
  • ITV in The Face (UK) (2010-present)
  • Watch and Smile (UK) (2018-present)
  • Senpai Club (2018-present)
  • The World According To Jeff Goldblum (US) (2019-present)
  • Bill Nye The Science Guy (US) (2017-present)
  • Ashens reviews (UK) (2013-present)
  • Pre-cert legends series (2016-present, in reruns)
  • Shamed and Hurt (EK) (2018-present)
  • YouTube Geographic (US) (2017-present)
  • Bobsheaux (US) (2015-present)

Former

Light entertainment and reality shows

  • Euro Republics Got Talent (2006-2007, also on TV3)
  • Britain’s Got Talent (2007, also on TV3)
  • America’s Got Talent (2006-2007)
  • Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (2004-2007)
  • The X Factor (2004-2006)
  • The X Factor: Celebrity (2019)
  • Big Brother ER (2000-2007)
  • Big Brother USA (2002-2007)
  • Big Brother UK (2000-2007)
  • I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! (2003-2007, moved from and back to TV3)

Proposed broadcast

  • Un____ (2020; will instead broadcast on TV3)

Children’s programmes (all moved to TV3 in 2007)

  • Peppa Pig (2005-2007)
  • Dora The Explorer (2002-2007)
  • Spongebob Squarepants (2000-2007)

Soap opera

  • Fair City (1995-2020; repeats) (moved to Network Two)
  • River City (2002-2019; repeats) (moved to Prime)

Comedy

  • MADtv (1995-2007)

Blocks

Current

  • Animation Domination - This block, airing on Friday nights from 8:50p.m to around 1am, airs original programming from the Fox and Adult Swim's adult animation, FXX content, sitcoms, anime and fanmade shows from The Bloo, MBS, RKO Network and After Dark. It began in 2003 as Padlock, adopting it's current name in 2010.
  • Disney Junior - aired on Saturdays between 9am and 12:30pm, this block airs content from the Disney Junior pay channel, alongside imported content which (except for Paprika) is not seen on most other Disney Junior channels around the world.
  • Unbranded Saturday morning block - this unbranded block, aired Saturdays between 5am and 9am, airs milder adult animation, including The Simpsons, Futurama and Mintered. It is similar to the block it took over from, AM, but with less "adult" animation.
  • Foxgiving - A block which airs usually on Monday and until the next Saturday around Thanksgiving, running marathons of various TV shows back to back, along with free sports matches usually behind the paywall on EuroMedia’s Premiere Sports and family/comedy films, aired on Fox‘s other pay sister network, Premiere. DND is not aired during this period.

Magazine

In March 1997, Euro Publishing Group released FOXMAG (previously Ch4 Magazine, ZTV Weekly & Viasat 4 Magazine), a weekly magazine aimed at a 13-34 demographic featuring programme info, events, movie reviews, game reviews and a 7-day TV guide in the style of the Fox channel.

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