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The Power Station (TV channel)

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The Power Station
Power Station Ident
OwnerBritish Satellite Broadcasting (1990)
BSkyB (1990–1991)
Sister channelsThe Movie Channel
The Sports Channel
The Computer Channel
Launched25 March 1990; 31 years ago (25 March 1990)
Closed8 April 1991; 30 years ago (8 April 1991)
Replaced bySky Movies
at time of closure
Available on some services
AnalogueMarcopolo 1, 12.01518

The Power Station was a British television channel that was operated by British Satellite Broadcasting (later British Sky Broadcasting, after BSB and Sky Television merged). It was a dedicated music channel.


Power Up (weekdays 7-9am) was the Power Station's Breakfast Show, hosted by Chris Evans.[1]

Other main shows included The Power Hour (weekdays 12-1pm), The Carmen Ejogo Video Show (weekdays 4-5pm), The Power Chart with Pat Sharp (weekdays 5-6pm and Sundays 4-5pm), Sushi TV (weekdays 6-7pm) and Jonathan Coleman's Swing Shift (Monday-Thursday 11pm-1am).

The channel also featured Boy George's weekly chat show Blue Radio, The Power Club, The Power Hour (a top 10 show, for example albums), Krush Rap, Rage (where DJ Elayne presented funky rap, soul, acid house and funk), The Chart of Charts (a two-hour chart pick with indie, dance, metal and US music), and Power Haus (a 'headbangers' heaven'). Speakeasy featured jazz with rock music a feature of Raw Power.

Live concerts came from artists including the Inspiral Carpets, Belinda Carlisle, Jason Donovan, Jerry Lee Lewis and Phil Collins.

BSB/Sky merger

In November 1990, British Satellite Broadcasting and Sky Television merged. BSB's Galaxy and Now channels were closed, but at first the Power Station survived, gaining a "British Sky Broadcasting" suffix on its logo.[2]

The Power Station eventually ceased broadcasting at around 4am on 8 April 1991. The final programme on the channel was an episode of Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot, which was aired during Swing Shift.[3] At 6am, channel 4 for BSB viewers became Sky Movies, a subscription movie channel. It was given free to BSB viewers for one month if they also subscribed to the Movie Channel.


  1. ^ "BSB TV Month (BSB's listings magazine)". Redwood Publishing. 1990. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  2. ^ "British Sky Broadcasting". TVARK. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  3. ^ "BSB Power Station becomes Sky Movies Plus, Monday 8 April 1991 - YouTube". Retrieved 20 August 2020.

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