Sky Channel, the origins of Sky. Sky Channel was Europe's pioneering first satellite channel. Originally a cable only station in the UK, starting in 1982. Soon after the February 1989 launch, the channel was re-named Sky One! A sister channel Sky Two was launched in 1996, but this was short lived, athough it's now back, along with a Sky Three


Click for larger image Sky Channel Reaching Out To You Promo
1985
Before the days of Sky One, even before Astra, Sky Channel was around, on cable.
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Click for larger image Sky Channel Closedown
1985

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Click for larger image Sky Channel Clock
1985
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Click for larger image Sky Channel - Reaching Out To You Ident
1985
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Click for larger image Sky Channel - Reaching Out To You Ident
1985
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Click for larger image Sky Channel - Reaching Out To You Ident
1985
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Click for larger image Sky Channel - Reaching Out To You Ident
1985
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Click for larger image Sky Channel - Reaching Out To You Ident
1987
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Click for larger image Sky Channel Ident
1987
Click for larger image Reaching out to you, it's Sky Channel!

Click for larger image Sky Channel Closedown
c1986
Click for larger image Images of Europe and Sky's headquarters in London, as Sky Channel shuts down..

Click for larger image Sky Sport Ident
1987
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Click for larger image Sky Trax
1987
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Click for larger image Sky Trax
1987
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Click for larger image The Family of Sky Ident
1987

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Click for larger image Sky Channel Next
1987
Click for larger image A new look, glossy computer graphics animation over a star background - cutting edge for the time!
 
Sky Channel is now mostly referred to as just 'Sky'
 
So what's coming up next?


Click for larger image Sky Channel Ident
1987
Click for larger image This is Sky. We're Europe's Number 1!
 
(thanks to Patrick Mulder for this recording and other video featured on this page)


Click for larger image Sky Channel Promos
1987
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Click for larger image Sky Sport Ident
1987
Click for larger image This Sky Sport ident preceeded sports programming. Who knew this would become in later life a major Sky brand.

Click for larger image Sky Music Programmes Promo
1987
Click for larger image Canada Calling, The Great Video Race, The Coca-Cola Eurochart Top50, Love in the Morning, Soul in the City, Nescafe UK Top 40, Bondstec Here Comes the Weekend, Sky Trax, Monsters of Rock, Countdown...

Click for larger image Sky Channel Tomorrow Programme List
1987
Click for larger image Stay tuned for Sky Trax, but here's a look at what's on tomorrow...

Sky Channel Start-Up
1988
Sky Channel starts up for the day in 1988...

Sky Channel Ident
1988
Here's a long promo / ident before some continuity introducing what's ahead on Sky Channel!

Promos
1988
A couple of promos here advertising Time Tunnel and Sky's music programme Countdown

Click for larger image Sky Channel Next
1988
Click for larger image Coming up next on Sky is the Dutch pop show - Countdown, followed by Sky Trax

Click for larger image Superstars of Wrestling Promo
1988
Click for larger image A montage of wrestling stars from the world of WWF, including such luminaries as Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and...err...King Kong Bundy

Various Sky Channel promotional material (click images for larger versions)


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Logos from Sky Channel's home produced music programmes, presenter is Pat Sharp


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On February 5th 1989, The Sky Television Network is launched on the Astra satellite, with it came the original Sky Channel


Sky Channel Launch
1989
The Sky TV network launch began with a simulcast of a promotional video/message at 6pm across all of it's new channels. Voiced by James Smillie welcoming viewers to the Sky Television Network. Here's how it looked on Sky Channel that historic night... The promo was followed by a documentary 'The Revolution' highlighting how Sky will change the lives of people in areas of the UK who cant watch tv because of poor receptions from terrestrial transmitters.

Click for larger image Sky Channel Launch - 1st Advert
1989
Click for larger image Here's the first advert to premier on Sky Channel - Amstrad Fidelity Camcorder

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1989
Star Search Promo
1989
Family Ties Promo
1989
Dolly Next
1989


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1989
Sky Channel Promo
1989
Sky Channel Promo
1989
Sky Channel Promo
1989


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1989
Small Wonder Next
1989
Sky by Day Promo
1989
Sale of the Century
1989


Click for larger image Sky Channel Start-Up
1989
Click for larger image Here's a start-up from February 1989

Click for larger image Sky Channel Ident
1989
Click for larger image The original Sky Channel ident, which soon changed!

Click for larger image Sky Channel Closedown
1989
Click for larger image Here's Sky closing down for the night, with Skytext

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1989
Click for larger image The basic launch idents were soon swapped after the network launch for more elaborate ones, designed by Harry Marks in the United States

Click for larger image Sky One Ident
1989
Click for larger image On July 30th 1989, Sky Channel was rebranded as Sky One, a title believed to be more fitting for its flagship channel.

Official Website
www.skyone.co.uk