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Pop (British and Irish TV channel)

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Pop (UK TV channel) logo.png
Launched1 October 2002; 17 years ago (1 October 2002)[citation needed]
Owned by(Sony Pictures Television/CSC Media Group)
Picture format16:9 576i SDTV
Audience share0.30%
0.03% (+1) (September 2016 (2016-09), BARB)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Formerly calledToons & Tunes (2002-2003)
Sister channel(s)Pop Max
Sony Channel
Sony Movies
Sony Movies Action
Sony Movies Classic
Tiny Pop
Timeshift servicePop +1
FreeviewChannel 206
FreesatChannel 603
Channel 606 (+1)
SkyChannel 616
Channel 625 (+1)
Astra 2F
11307 V 27500 5/6
11307 V 27500 5/6 (+1)
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 736
WightFibreChannel 100
Streaming media
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)

Pop is a free-to-air television channel in the United Kingdom, owned by Sony Pictures Television. Its target audience is 8 to 12-year-old children.[1]


The channel was originally launched on 1 October 2002 by CSC Media Group as Toons and Tunes.[2] The channel was then later re-branded as Pop on 23 May 2003; the logo has been rendered in different forms, including all upper-case or all lower-case, along with an exclamation point at the end.

In the channel's early years, links were presented by Rorry, a lime green dragon with a Scottish accent (who had appeared in an ITV Saturday Morning programme in Autumn 1997 under the name Tricky and spoke with an English accent) who was animated live. He was accompanied by Purrdy, a dragon/cat hybrid who also appeared in original the Tricky programme on ITV.

Originally, the network focused on music videos, with animated programming also part of the schedule, but with the numerous music video network options on British television at the time, this focus was quickly abandoned around 2004, when the animated content became much more prominent. Music videos continued to be carried on and off until 2007, before eventually being abandoned entirely.


The network sources their programming from multiple independent studios.

Current programming

Former programming



On 20 March 2014, Pop was launched on Freeview.[35] Prior to April 2016, Pop was only available in areas where there is a local TV channel. On 1 April 2016, Pop moved to a wider coverage nationwide freeview mix, becoming available to over 90% of the country.[36] The capacity vacated by Pop on the local multiplex was used to transmit Kix from 7 April 2016. Pop +1 moved to LCN channel 128, to release 127 for use by Kix, but was otherwise unaffected, continuing to broadcast locally to Manchester only.

Related services

Pop +1

A timeshift feed called Pop +1 was available until 2008, when it was replaced by Kix!; in turn, that network's +1 feed was discontinued on 14 July 2014 with Pop +1's return.

International versions

On 4 May 2017, Sony Pictures Television Networks launched an Italian version of Pop as their first Italian free-to-air offering, with a similar line-up of programming to the UK channel. The network closed alongside its sister channel Cine Sony on 11 July 2019, after Mediaset purchased both network slots from Sony. Pop's old slot would be used for Boing Plus.[37]

The Pakistani version of Pop is operated by Edutainment (Pty.) Ltd. under the license of Sony Pictures Television.[38]


  1. ^ "POP | Showreel | CSC Media". Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Toons&Tunes launching today". Digital Spy.
  3. ^ "44 Cats". Pop. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Check out brand new ALVIN and the Chipmunks on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Watch new episodes of Bakugan Battle Planet on POP TV this autumn!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Mattel announces broadcasters for Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures | Toy World Magazine". Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Big Top Academy".
  8. ^ {{Cite web|url= Cat|Pop|Website=Pop|access-date=4 June 2019}}
  9. ^ "Cupcake & Dino: General Services".
  10. ^ "Dragon Ball Super". Pop. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Check out new TV show Grizzy and the Lemmings on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Hanazuki: Full of Treasures premieres on Pop | Toy World Magazine". Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  13. ^ "New shows and episodes coming to Tiny Pop & Pop this spring!". Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  14. ^ "SONY POP GETS "MEGANIZED" WITH MEGA MAN". DHX Media. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Miraculous nets new UK licensees". Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Power Rangers Beast Morphers".
  17. ^ "Big news for UK fans, Sonic Boom is back on TV - Pop UK, a freeview". 3 January 2019. Archived from the original on 7 February 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  18. ^ "The Strange Chores".
  19. ^ "Teletoon+, Pop converse with Talking Tom". C21media. Archived from the original on 25 April 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  20. ^ POP FUN TV (3 June 2019), Total Dramarama| Starts on Monday | POP 💥, retrieved 3 April 2014
  21. ^ "See brand new Trollhunters only on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x " - toons and tunes with Rorry & Purrdy, VJ and the Cheeky Monkeys from Pop". 22 March 2005.
  23. ^ a b c "TV Guide | POP". 18 September 2012.
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  25. ^ a b c d e f "TV Guide | POP". 25 September 2011.
  26. ^ a b "Schedule | POP". 24 March 2016.
  27. ^ a b
  28. ^ a b c d e f
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h i j
  30. ^ a b "Popfun home of Rorry's Castle". 9 August 2011.
  31. ^ a b c d e "Schedule | POP".
  32. ^ a b c "Schedule | POP".
  33. ^ a b c d e f g h "Schedule | POP". 28 October 2015.
  34. ^ " – Consumer Products".
  35. ^ "New children's channel Pop launches on Freeview | Toy World Magazine". 21 April 2014. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  36. ^ "POP extends Freeview reach April 2016". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  37. ^ "La jv Turner-Mediaset sbarca sul canale 45 del digitale terrestre". Il Sole 24 ORE.
  38. ^ "Singer turned Media Marketer, Syed Rameez Mukhtar joins Pop Kids TV as Chief Commercial Officer". Media Bites. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 27 December 2019.

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