FTN / Virgin 1


~ FTN / Virgin 1 ~

FTN was a short lived channel, originally announced as one of the channels to join the new Freeview service way back when it started, and finally made its debut a few months after Freeview's October Launch, alongside UK Bright Ideas. Unlike the UKTV channel with which it shared space, and which is owned as a joint venture between the BBC and Flextech, FTN was a wholly owned Flextech operation. Despite the limited hours, it was intended to become one of the most popular free channels in the multi-channel home by picking the best of content from Flextech's other wholly owned Satellite channels. Sadly things didn't quite work out for them, with much of the schedule being filled with shopping.

The final death of the channel came in late 2007. With the sale of Flextech to Virgin Media, the channel was replaced with a slightly more high profile channel called Virgin 1. This in itself was shortlived with the channels being sold on again to Sky.


FTN (On!) - 2005

When the channel first comes on... we're told 'on'. Sounds easy enough!

FTN (Hand over to Thomas Cook) - 2005

Despite the best efforts, the channel was struggling to pull in the viewers, and thus advertising revenue. The Quick Solution? To allow Thomas Cook TV to broadcast their shopping channel in the first two hours of FTN's airtime every evening. The handover ident is a very low-key affair... as lets face it, would you want to be advertising where you have to hand over to another channel in order to make enough money to stay on air? Luckily, this disappeared for the start of 2007, as the channel began to reinvent itself.

FTN (Advert) - 2005

A promo for one of the programmes on FTN... and finally something a bit more lively from the channel pres.

FTN (Feisty) - 2005

All idents on FTN are short animated affairs and come complete with a keyword... kind of like ITV2's old style, only with more yellow and Red, and a big 'F'.

FTN (Foolish) - 2007

'Foolish' is the keyword for the Flextech channel this time round, with appropriate accompanying sound effects.

FTN (Long Ident) - 2007

A longer version of the FTN ident, with the logo animating back into itself.

FTN (Menu) - 2007

A menu graphic from FTN, complete with voiceover telling us what's to come on the station that evening.

Virgin 1

Virgin1 (Tree) - Christmas 2009

Virgin1, the replacement for FTN after Virgin Media came onto the scene, saw an unusually large christmas package for such a small channel in 2009. As well as a series of idents, multiple bumpers and tweaked ECPs and trailer styles were brought out. In this ident, the channel's short-lived mascot Red sits atop a christmas tree.

Virgin1 (Merry Christmas Greeting) - Christmas 2009

A merry christmas holding page. Not officially an ident usually being flashed up as a break bumper, but on occasions it would be announced over as such.

Virgin1 (Chimney) - Christmas 2009

Red's feet dangle from the chimney in another Virgin1 ident, before finishing with a zoom in on a Virgin1 christmas card.