Launched 16 December 2003
Closed 1 August 2006
Owned by MTV Networks Europe
Replaced by MTV Flux
Website www.mtv.co.uk
(at time of closure)
Sky Digital Channel 346
Telewest Channel 315
NTL Channel 172

VH2 was a sister channel to VH1 in the United Kingdom. It launched in 2003, and slowly became an Indie rock channel, aimed primarily at men in the 25-34 demographic. It mainly showed music videos, though it also aired documentaries about artists VH2 played.

VH2 also had many chart shows, including the "Indie 500" weekend, which counted down the Top 500 Indie Songs with "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" by The Smiths topping the chart ahead of songs by artists such as The Stone Roses, Pixies, Oasis, Dinosaur Jr, The Cure, The Strokes, Blur and Radiohead. The winner of the Indie 500 was "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" by The Smiths, whilst The Stone Roses' song "I Wanna Be Adored" was second (though on a condensed version of the counting listing just the top 50, the two tracks had switched place, leading "I Wanna Be Adored" to first place)

It closed at 6am on 1 August 2006 to make way for MTV Flux due to bandwidth space. During VH2's final days, it basically showed music videos and old MTV idents from the 1980s and the 1990s. MTV Networks stated that because the main source of income for the channel, ringtone advertising, was slowing down, the channel had to close.[1]


  1. VH2 faces axe by MTV as ringtone ads slow by the Darren Davidson Campaign. Created July 6, 2006. Retrieved July 26, 2006

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