TMF (UK & Ireland)

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CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom, Ireland
Picture format4:3, 576i (SDTV)
OwnerViacom International Media Networks
Sister channelsMTV
MTV Base
MTV Dance
VH1 Classic
Launched31 October 2002
Closed26 October 2009
Replaced byViva
FreeviewChannel 21
Virgin MediaChannel 318
UPC IrelandChannel 787
SkyChannel 358

TMF (The Music Factory) was a music video and entertainment channel in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The channel was owned by Viacom International Media Networks and was originally a Dutch channel. Formed after the two other TMF stations, which were based in mainland Europe, the channel was created to counter against EMAP's The Hits channel (now 4Music) on the new free-to-air digital terrestrial television service Freeview in 2002.

Upon launch, TMF's description was "TMF is designed to replicate the rhythms of the whole family, playing the best pop videos with the biggest pop stars to become the sound track to the British family life." However, it later broadened its content to air programming from its sister channels MTV, VH1, Nick Jr. and Comedy Central, so it no longer relied on just music videos.

TMF broadcast on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media and as well as in some Irish cable packages. The channel was the most viewed music video related station in the UK, according to BARB ratings.

Shows on TMF[]

MTV/VH1 programming[]

TMF initially launched as a non-stop music channel, though from early 2004 it began to air programming from MTV and VH1:


Noggin started broadcasting in 2009 after replacing the former Nick Jr. on TMF block. The final set of programmes shown were Go Diego Go!, Dora the Explorer, Little Bear, and Maggie and the Ferocious Beast. It was a children's television slot broadcast on TMF from 07:00 to 09:00 daily.

Noggin was the first commercial children's television channel launched on 30 January 2006 on TMF to air on the UK's DTT platform, Freeview, followed by CITV, then lastly Playhouse Disney on ABC1.

Nick Jr on TMF[]

Nick Jr on TMF had replaced the strand Noggin on 25 September 2006, but its programming remained identical. It used the same ident and presentation package as its main sister channel, Nick Jr. Programmes shown included Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans, Thomas & Friends, Feodor, The Treacle People, Pablo the Little Red Fox, Kitu and Woofl, Blue's Clues, LazyTown, Go Diego Go!, Brum, Tiny Planets, Rubbadubbers, Mopatop's Shop, Miffy and Friends, Little Bill and Rupert Bear amongst others.

Nickelodeon programming[]

Repeat airings of Nickelodeons UK Kids Choice Awards 2008 were scheduled on TMF and MTV Hits, in September 2008.[1]

They also aired SpongeBob SquarePants for a brief time in 2004 in late night hours.

Comedy Central programming[]

In January 2007 TMF began showing comedies broadcast on Paramount Comedy, in a strand entitled Comedy Classics. These included the likes of The Wonder Years, Ally McBeal and Cheers, as well as various Paramount films. During The Friday Movie strand, the channel's DOG changed to an enlarged version, with a re-arranged name displaying "TFM".

Own programming[]

In August 2005, TMF commissioned two new shows called Pop the Q and Game One. In early 2006 came The Loaded Hour (a male-orientated themed show named after the magazine sponsor, fronted by Kate Edmondson), and in the summer a new live show called TMF Live (presented again by Edmondson, as well as TMF News anchor ). With the exception of Pop the Q, none of the shows had a second series.

Replacement and closure[]

On 14 October 2009, MTV Networks announced plans to replace TMF with a new music and comedy channel. Viva replaced TMF on 26 October 2009.[2][3][4] The final music video that was shown on TMF was Whitney Houston's "Million Dollar Bill" at around 5:55 am on 26 October 2009. After this, the channel showed its Noggin children's strand, which aired since the launch of TMF. This then faded into a promo consisting of music videos at 9 am. The last video played on the promo programme Up Your Video[n 1] was Cheryl Cole's "Fight For This Love" at about 3:55 pm on 26 October 2009.

See also[]


  1. ^ Viva officially launched at 4pm, therefore Up Your Video was shown on TMF.


  1. ^ Daniel Kilkelly. "Dannii Minogue to host Nickelodeon awards". Retrieved 2 September 2008.
  2. ^ Plunkett, John (16 October 2009). "MTV replaces TMF with Viva". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Viva". Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  4. ^ "TMF". Retrieved 14 October 2009.

External links[]

  • TMF at
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