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Merit (TV channel)

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Merit logo.png
Launched29 July 2020; 50 days ago (29 July 2020)
Closed17 September 2020; 0 days ago (17 September 2020)
Owned byITV plc (July–August 2020)
Sky Group (August–September 2020)
Picture format16:9 SDTV
CountryUnited Kingdom
Replaced bySky Arts (Freeview)
Sister channel(s)Blaze
Crime & Investigation
Sky One
Sky Arts
Sky Atlantic
Sky Cinema
Sky Comedy
Sky Crime
Sky Documentaries
Sky History
Sky History 2
Sky Nature
Sky News
Sky Replay
Sky Sports
Sky Sports Box Office
Sky Sports F1
Sky Sports News
Sky Sports Racing
Sky Witness
(at time of closure)
FreeviewChannel 34

Merit was a short-lived British lifestyle and entertainment TV channel owned by Sky Group.[1] It was launched by ITV Digital Channels and ITV plc[2] on 29 July 2020, exclusively on Freeview (to viewers only with access to all Freeview and Freeview HD channels and YouView viewers within areas of Freeview coverage).[3]


The channel began broadcasting at 9pm on 29 July 2020, its launch delayed from the earlier date of 8 July.[4] It broadcast three hours daily from 9pm to midnight on the former ITV3 +1 Freeview channel slot (which itself was moved to channel 58).[5] During ITV Digital Channels' control of the channel, it ran no advertisements.[6][7]

At least at first, Merit also broadcast after CITV on the unaired/testing channel named "ITVi Stream44" on Astra 28.2°E.[8]

The channel's license was acquired by Sky UK Limited on 20 August 2020.[1] On 17 September 2020, the channel's Freeview slot (34) was taken over by Pick, which moved to accommodate the launch of Sky Arts on channel 11,[9] and Merit consequently ceased transmission that day at 12am.[10][11]


The channel did not broadcast original programming, with the content shown being archival or imported programming from its respective license holders.

Before removal (under Sky control)

Initial (under ITV control)


Initial; under ITV control (29 July – 23 August)

In its initial weeks, it broadcast an identical schedule each day of:[13]

  • 9pm: Britain's Best Back Gardens
  • 9:25pm: The Hungry Sailors
  • 10:15pm: Callie-Anne Cooks into the Wild
  • 10:45pm: Britain's Best Back Gardens
  • 11:10pm: The Hungry Sailors

Deviations from this schedule were also broadcast, with Callie-Anne Cooks into the Wild airing earlier at 9pm, or later at 11:30pm (as was its timeslot during the channel's final five days airing programming from ITV).[11]

Under Sky control (24 August – 16 September)

Following Sky's acquisition of the channel's license, the programming and, concomitantly, its schedule changed:[7]

  • 9pm: Four Weddings
  • 10pm: My Kitchen Rules: USA
  • 11pm: Most Haunted

Deviations later occurred:

  • from September 4, series 3 of My Kitchen Rules: New Zealand replaced the US version at 10pm.
  • on September 8, 9 and 16, Celebrity Four Weddings replaced Four Weddings at 9pm.
  • on weekends from at least September 5; from at least September 6, Psychic Sally on the Road was shown Saturdays and Sundays at 11pm. On September 6 and 13, a double-bill of Most Haunted aired from 9pm; on September 12, a double-bill of Inside RAF Brize Norton.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Merit". Ofcom. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Merit". Ofcom. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  3. ^ "RXTVinfo - Merit launching on Freeview channel 34". RXTVinfo. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  4. ^ "TVForum - (ITV) Merit - post". TVForum. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  5. ^ "ITV to launch new channel Merit". Sports Mole. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  6. ^ "The Ident Gallery - Merit: 2020 Presentation". The Ident Gallery. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Digital Spy Forums - Merit - a new Freeview channel from ITV (comment)". Digital Spy Forums. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Difference between revisions of "Additional and defunct channels on Sky (UK & Ireland)"". TV Channel Lists. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Sky Group - Press Pack: Sky Arts Available to Everyone from 17 September". Sky Group. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  10. ^ Tatum, Kris. "Freeview confirms closure of two channels and moves five others". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g "Imgur - Merit schedules - sourced from". Imgur. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  12. ^ a b c "TVForum - (ITV) Merit - post". TVForum. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  13. ^ a b " - Merit - Wednesday, July 29, 2020". Retrieved 30 July 2020.[dead link]

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