The Weather Channel United Kingdom

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The Weather Channel United Kingdom was a version of the Weather Channel that operated in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 1998. Operated by IWP, the commercial arm of the UK's Met Office, it aired on the Sky satellite platform from 6 AM to 11 AM (its channel space was shared with The Racing Channel and Sky Box Office) and on some cable providers 24 hours a day.[1]


The channel launched in June 1996, spurred by reports that Pelmorex would enter the European market.[2][3] Initially, the channel was launched in cable services in Andover, Coventry, Oxford, Salisbury, and Stafford, reaching 22,000 cable customers.[3] The channel competed with the Pelmorex-operated Weather Network until the two services merged later in the year,[4] the channel started carriage on Sky's satellite service on October 1, 1996.[5][1] Low cable penetration in the United Kingdom and the lack of advertising revenue (stemming partially from its failure to get full time coverage on Sky) resulted in the channel's closure in 1998.[2]


Screenshot from 1997.

Segments on the Weather Channel included:[6][7][8]

  • Weatherscope, which aired at :00 and :30
  • A 5 day planner at :11 and :41 past the hour
  • A Traffic and Travel report at :15 and :45 past the hour
  • A Local on the 8s segment on minutes ending with "8" (:08, :18, etc.)
  • A Business Travel Weather forecast
  • A Holiday Travel Weather forecast
  • Lifestyle reports for outdoor activities
  • Environmental reports for health
  • Coverage of flood and gale warnings


Presenters on the Weather Channel included:[8][9]

  • Bill Keneely, also on the US Weather Channel
  • Carol Kirkwood, now with the BBC[10]
  • Louise Lear, now with the BBC[11]
  • Andrea McLean, later with ITV


  1. 1.0 1.1 TVARK page on the Weather Channel
  2. 2.0 2.1 Batten, Frank (2002). The Weather Channel: The Improbable Rise of a Media Phenomenon. Boston, Massachusetts: Harvard Business School Publishing. pp. 174–181. ISBN 1-57851-559-9.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Frean, Alexandra (June 1, 1996). "Tough forecast for TV rivals who just want to talk about the weather". The Times (of London).
  4. Snoddy, Ray (September 20, 1996). "TV weather outlook clears". Financial Times.
  5. "Sky Recommended Line-Up from 1996". TV Ark.
  6. Diamond Cable Channel Hopping- 24th October 1997 (items at 3:17, 7:12-7:20, 7:34)
  7. "The Weather Channel promo". TVARK.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "TVARK | The Weather Channel (archived)". TV Ark. Archived from the original on May 9, 2012.
  9. Lyall, Sarah (September 15, 1996). "The British Weather Channel: Better Than a Yule Log". The New York Times.
  10. "Carol Kirkwood on Twitter". Twitter.
  11. "Louise Lear". BBC Weather. September 10, 2012.

See also

The Weather Channel in Europe:

External links