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Carlton World was a British digital television channel, launched in November 1998 and closed down in early 2000. Its sister channels were Carlton Kids, Carlton Food Network, Carlton Select and Carlton Cinema.[1] It was carried on cable and ONdigital channel 34, and timeshared with Carlton Kids and RAW!.

Carlton World
Launched15 November 1998; 20 years ago (1998-11-15)
Closed1 February 2000; 19 years ago (2000-02-01)
Owned byCarlton Television
(subdivision of Carlton Communications plc)
Availability (At time of closure)
ONdigitalChannel 34


Carlton World broadcast factual and some entertainment programming produced or commissioned by Carlton and its merged companies, including Central Independent Television and Westcountry Television, although it was not unusual for programmes from other ITV network companies to be featured on the channel.[2]


It was carried on both analogue and digital cable prior to ONdigital's launch. Carlton World, along with Carlton Kids, closed in 2000 due to poor viewership and financial difficulties. On Carlton's television platform, ONdigital, the capacity was replaced by a timeshare of Discovery Kids and Discovery Wings.[3][4] The remainder of the ONdigital-exclusive Carlton channels closed over the next few years.[5] and Carlton Communications merged with Granada plc in 2004, forming ITV plc. Programming from Carlton World was absorbed into ITV plc's Digital Channels.


  1. ^ "Laurent Dumeau - TRACE - Content Innovation Awards Speaker".
  2. ^ Carlton World 1998
  3. ^ "Discovery channels boost ONdigital". The Independent. 22 December 1999.
  4. ^ "Carlton makes unhappy Discovery". The Guardian. 22 December 1999.
  5. ^ Deans, Jason (4 December 2002). "Carlton finally drops digital channel".

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