Comedy Central (UK and Ireland)

Comedy Central
Network logo for Comedy Central.png
Launched1 November 1995
NetworkComedy Central (UK & Ireland)
Owned byParamount UK Partnership
(Paramount British Pictures/Sky plc)
Picture format16:9, 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share0.37%
0.10% (+1) (December 2017 (2017-12), BARB)
Formerly calledThe Paramount Channel
(1995–97)
Paramount Comedy Channel
(1997–02)
Paramount Comedy
(2002–05)
Paramount Comedy 1
(2005–09)
Sister channel(s)
Timeshift serviceComedy Central +1
Websitecomedycentral.co.uk
comedycentral.ie
Availability
Satellite
Sky (UK)Channel 112 (SD/HD)
Channel 212 (+1)
Channel 812 (SD)
Sky (Ireland)Channel 112
Channel 212 (+1)
Channel 341 (HD)
Cable
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 132
Channel 133 (+1)
Channel 181 (HD)
Virgin Media (Ireland)Channel 127
Channel 128 (+1)
Channel 177 (HD)
WightFibreChannel 115
IPTV
FreewireChannel 148
TalkTalk TVChannel 307
BTChannel 307
Channel 370 (HD)
PlusnetChannel 307
Channel 370 (HD)
Eir VisionChannel 112
Channel 127 (+1)
Streaming media
Sky GoWatch live (UK and Ireland only)
Now TVWatch live (UK and Ireland only)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)

Comedy Central is a television channel that carries comedy programming, both original and syndicated. This channel is specific to audiences within the United Kingdom and Ireland. The channel is aligned with the original US version of the channel. The channel started as Paramount Channel in 1995, before rebranding as the Paramount Comedy Channel in 1997 and again as Paramount Comedy 1 before finally becoming Comedy Central on 6 April 2009.

History

1995–1997

The channel was launched as The Paramount Channel on 1 November 1995. The original schedule was a mixture of comedy and drama, including such eclectic offerings as Beauty and the Beast, several Japanese anime productions acquired from Manga Entertainment, and authentic Paramount archive programming such as The Magician, as well as Nickelodeon's Ren & Stimpy, due to its rather adult nature at times. It originally aired every evening after Nickelodeon's closing at 7:00pm until around 4:00am, with a testcard featuring a chicken crossing the road and holding up traffic airing during downtime until Nickelodeon started up at 6:00am.

1997–2009

Logo used from 2005 until 6 April 2009.

In February 1997, the Paramount Channel became the Paramount Comedy Channel, a channel dedicated solely to comedy. [1]

With expansion of Sky Digital on 4 February 2001, the channel no longer shared air time with Nickelodeon and started broadcasting with a daytime schedule beginning broadcasts at 9:00am.[2] On 1 July 2002, the channel renamed itself Paramount Comedy. By 2005, with the timeshift channel Paramount Comedy 2 having gone on the air in 2003, the primary channel was renamed as Paramount Comedy 1.

2009–present

Logo used from 6 April 2009 until 31 July 2012; the channel adopted the same on-screen identity as its American counterpart the next day on 1 August.

On 17 February 2009, it was confirmed that Paramount Comedy 1 would become Comedy Central from 6 April 2009 in the UK and Ireland.[3] The channel's repositioning gave it greater scope of introducing new programming direct from Comedy Central US and additional programmes from other US broadcasters. These new shows included: Two and a Half Men, Scrubs, The Office, The Sarah Silverman Program and South Park, where they air new episodes, uncensored, about a week after their US airing. Since season 13, Comedy Central has aired new episodes of South Park two days after they aired in the US (i.e., the episodes air on Comedy Central US on Wednesdays, and air on the UK counterpart on Fridays.) At 9:00pm on 6 April, Paramount Comedy 1 officially rebranded as Comedy Central, with the last programme on PC1 being an episode of Scrubs and the first programme on Comedy Central being a new episode of Two and a Half Men.