Fox is a free to air TV channel in the Euro Republics.

The channel is aimed at men aged 25-59 and youth audiences, carrying , similar to the UK channel ITV4 when it first launched.

Fox is primarily aimed at audiences men 25-35 and men and women 0 to 39 alternatively, and it airs 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.

History

Around fall 1994, rumours 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 8pm on Halloween night 1995. The network was to offer a mix of programming not seen on other networks, as well as popular series made famous on TV3. The first night included The Simpsons, new episodes of Seinfeld and Friends, and a sneak peek of Mintered, due to start next year on TV3, repeating on Ch 4 beginning with a preview programme, It Takes 2x2. Channel 4 originally used in-vision continuity, but was quickly dropped.

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 Febuary 19, 2020, It was announced that as part of a new ten year deal with the Fox Corporation, 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.

Programming

Current programming

Comedy

  • Just For Laughs Gags (CA) (2003-present)
  • Seinfeld (US) (1995-present)
  • The King of Queens (US) (2007-present)
  • Friends (US) (1995-present)
  • Married... With Children (US) (1995-2003, 2007-present)
  • Will & Grace (US) (1996-present)
  • This Hour Has 22 Minutes (CA) (1995-present)
  • The Big Bang Theory (USA) (2007-present)
  • New Girl (USA) (2009-present)
  • The Office (UK) (2005-present)
  • The Office USA (USA) (2007-present)
  • Harry Hill‘s TV Burp (UK) (2003-present, shared with Prime, TV3 and Fox8)
  • Euro Republics’ Funniest Home Videos (ER) (1995-present)
  • You’ve Been Framed! (UK) (1995-present)

British breakfast shows

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

Animation

  • The Simpsons (US) (1995-2003, 2007-present, shared with ETV2 and TV3)
  • 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 Fox8)
  • Mintered (UK/US) (1996-present, also on TV3)
  • 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)
  • Rick and Morty (US) (2014-present)
  • Bless The Harts (US) (2019-present)
  • Bluey Minter’s Ultimate Combo! (US/UK) (2000-present)
  • Duncanville (2020-present)
  • Bluey (2020-present)

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)

British breakfast shows

  • The Big Breakfast (1995-1997)
  • GMTV (1997-2010)
    • GMTV Today
    • LK Today
    • GMTV with Lorraine
    • Entertainment Today
    • The Richard Arnold Show
    • GMTV Newshour
  • Daybreak (2010-2014)

Soap opera

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

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.
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