TruTV (UK and Ireland)

Launched 4 August 2014 (2014-08-04)
Owned by Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Time Warner)
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Audience share 0.28%
0.02% (+1) (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Slogan Larger Than Life, Unscripted, Entertaining.
Country United Kingdom
Broadcast area United Kingdom
Sister channel(s) Boomerang
Cartoon Network
CNN International
Turner Classic Movies
Freeview Channel 68
Channel 69 (+1)
Freesat Channel 154
Sky Channel 198
Channel 271 (+1)
Astra 2F 12552 V 22000 5/6
Eutelsat 28A 11426 V 27500 2/3 (+1)
Virgin Media Channel 212

TruTV is a British television channel owned by Turner Broadcasting System Europe. The channel launched free-to-air on Freeview, Freesat and Sky platforms on 4 August 2014.[1]


Announcement and placeholder

In May 2014, Turner Broadcasting System announced that they would launch TruTV, a separate UK version of the US channel of the same name. On 13 June 2014, TruTV launched a placeholder on Freeview channel 68. On 24 July 2014, the TruTV placeholder launched on Sky channel 565.

On 14 May 2015, TruTV moved to Sky channel 198, after acquiring a slot from AMC Networks International Zone.

On 5 July 2016, TruTV launched on Virgin Media channel 212.[2]


On 4 August 2014, TruTV launched as well as being added on Freesat channel 154.


Most of TruTV's programming has originally aired in the USA. Programming ranges from True Crime programming, such as I, Detective and Bait Car to factual reality programming such as Hardcore Pawn and Container Wars, as well as programmes such as Fear Factor and Conan.

With the US counterpart relaunch in October 2014 with a new focus on humour while retaining its reality format and a revamped logo, it is unknown if this network or other international versions will follow suit.

In March 2015, it was announced that the channel would broadcast RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 4 started airing in June 2015.[3] As a result, Conan was moved to the later time of 1am, rather than airing in its original slot of 11 pm.

On 9 April 2015, TruTV began airing Branson Famous.

On 9 June 2015, it was announced that TruTV would become the UK home of America's Got Talent, taking over from ITV2. It will start airing the tenth season later in the summer.[4]

In late 2016, TruTV began airing Adult Swim shows, such as Mr. Pickles, Robot Chicken and Rick and Morty, on Fridays from 11pm.[5]

Current Programming

TruTV +1

On 28 August 2014, a placeholder channel for TruTV +1 launched on Freeview channel 69. It launched on 5 October 2014. TruTV +1 launched on Sky channel 271 on 1 June 2015.


  1. Eames, Tom (30 May 2014). "truTV to launch in the UK on digital free-to-air". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  2. "Virgin Media Changelog". Cable Forum. 5 July 2015.
  3. Lee, Ben (12 March 2015). "RuPaul's Drag Race coming to truTV UK in June". Digital Spy. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  4. Rigby, Sam (9 June 2015). "America's Got Talent season 10 will air on truTV in the UK this summer". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  5. "Adult Swim". Retrieved 2016-10-29.

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