Capital TV was a British rolling-music television channel owned by Global as a visual brand extension of radio's Capital FM. The channel played current chart hits.

Capital TV
Launched11 October 2012; 7 years ago (11 October 2012)
Closed11 October 2018; 15 months ago (11 October 2018)
Owned byGlobal
Picture format16:9 576i (SDTV)
Audience share0.01% (June 2017 (2017-06), BARB)
SloganThe UK's Hit Music Station[citation needed]
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
Sister channel(s)Heart TV
(at time of closure)
SkyChannel 375
Astra 2G11553 H 22000 5/6
Streaming media
TVPlayer(UK only)

It reached 820,000 viewers on average every month on Sky alone.[citation needed]

Capital TV was only allowed to play two or three commercial breaks each hour, 5 minutes long each. This was also the format for Heart TV.


On 3 July 2012, Global announced it would launch a TV channel of the same name, Capital.[1] The station launched on Sky and Freesat platforms on 11 October 2012 at 11:00 p.m., along with a TV channel of the same name for sister radio station Heart.[2] The channels could also be watched via dedicated iOS apps, as well as online. On 17 October 2012, Capital TV also launched on Freeview in Manchester. Both channels played non-stop music videos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and also featured some exclusive content, such as the Jingle Bell Ball.[3] On 24 July 2012 it was confirmed BSkyB would be responsible for ad sales on both channels, likewise with the radio station, Capital TV was aimed at a younger target audience.[4]

The channel was not related to the former Restricted Service Licence television channel of the same name, which ran in Cardiff between 2002 and 2009.

It was removed from Freesat on 10 October 2018, and on Sky the next day, along with Heart TV, and all mentions of it have disappeared from the Capital FM website. The first music video aired on the channel was “Let Me Love You” by Ne-Yo and the last music video was "Thunderclouds" by Labrinth, Sia and Diplo before the channel ceased transmission at 6am.[5]


  1. ^ Laughlin, Andrew (14 July 2012). "Global to launch Heart TV". Digital Spy.
  2. ^ "Heart and Capital TV have launched". a516digital. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  3. ^ Laughlin, Andrew (12 October 2012). "Capital TV, Heart TV launched on Sky and Freesat". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  4. ^ McCabe, Masie (24 July 2012). "Global appoints Sky Media for Heart and Capital TV ad sales". Media Week. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Global pulls plug on TV stations". a516digital. Retrieved 11 October 2018.