Pop is a free-to-air television channel in the UK, broadcasting cartoons and pop music videos. It is owned and operated by CSC Media Group (formerly Chart Show Channels) and launched on 29 May, 2003. Its sister channel Tiny Pop, which was launched on 27 July, 2004, has similar content but for younger children. Its second sister channel Pop Girl was launched on 6 August, 2007, and also shows cartoons and live action shows but is aimed at a more female audience. Its third sister channel, Kix! was launched on 19 May, 2008, and also shows cartoons but is aimed at a more male audience.
Pop broadcasts on Sky Digital, Virgin Media and Freesat. Before and after advertisements during pop music, the channel's mascots — two cartoon characters — talk about upcoming cartoons, introduce competitions, read viewers' jokes and show viewers' artwork. The characters are a dragon called Rorry (identical to "Tricky", who "presented" a Saturday morning show on ITV in 1997), and his pet cat called Purrdy (again, taken from the Saturday morning show).
Pop's logo originally consisted of the word 'pop' in blue writing, with a red background. When shown on the channel, the logo was animated, with balloons floating past the letters, or the letters themselves becoming balloons. It changed in October 2006 to white letters on an orange background. The letters became all caps, and an exclamation mark was added.
In October 2006 a further change was added: Now the all cap letters ("!" included) are 3D representated and during advert breaks are shown dancing or chasing each other and eventually spelling out the logo "POP!". This ident was set to music very similar to "Benny Hill", though this was changed after a few months, perhaps due to the similarity.
Originally the channel was mainly music videos until February 2004 when cartoons were first shown. Music videos were kept on the channel, but were then dropped entirely during mid-2006. They were later revived in early 2007, but only during a 60 minute slot called "Pop Party".
POP JuniorSince 12 May, a new block was made called "POP Junior", which has a slight change to the channel's logo between 9am and 12pm every weekday during the school term. The block shows some cartoons such as Inspector Gadget or The Littlest Pet Shop.
POP has occasionally aired special events:
Pop WebsitePop recently had a website launched which includes a TV guide and more features such as quizzes, art galleries, jokes, games and competitions. This happened shortly after Tiny Pop had a new website developed.
Pop+1 ClosureThe AGB Nielsen Media Research website first announced that Pop+1 would close and would be replaced by a new channel called Klix!, however, this was a mistake and the channel was now in fact called Kix!. The correction was made with a new article being posted. It was stated that all the other details will remain the same of which was posted in the original article. Pop+1 officially closed at 6.00am on Monday 19th May, when it was replaced with Kix!. It is currently unknown wheither or not that Pop+1 would return in the future.