Q was a UK music channel based on Q Magazine, launched on 2 October 2000. It was operated by Box Television, and specialised in indie, rock and alternative.

Q (magazine) logo.png
Launched2 October 2000[1]
Closed3 July 2012
Owned byBox Television
(Bauer Group/Channel 4)
Audience share0.23% (June 2012, BARB)
SloganQ the music
Replaced byHeat
Sister channel(s)Channel 4
The Box
Smash Hits!
(at time of closure)
SkyChannel 364
TopTV (South Africa)Channel 503
Virgin MediaChannel 338
Smallworld CableChannel 361
UPC IrelandChannel 714

It was available in the UK on Sky channel 364 and Virgin Media channel 338. In Ireland, it was available on UPC Ireland channel 714 and in Iceland on Síminn.[2] It is also available in South Africa on TopTV channel 503.

The channel was also called Q The Music (cue the music), which was the channel's slogan.

The channel played a wide variety of music, predominantly bands like Snow Patrol, Coldplay, and Stereophonics.


Q was launched on 2 October 2000. In common with other EMAP channels, Q was originally a jukebox channel, where music video selections made were by the viewers using premium rate phone lines; however this element was dropped in 2004.

On 3 July 2012, Q closed and was replaced with Heat, a celebrity news and music TV channel.[3]


For a few years, much of the prime time output of the channel was instead given over to FHM TV, broadcasting between 4pm and 6am based on another magazine (also by EMAP), which specialised mainly on females in music videos. However in October 2007, the FHM TV block on Q was dropped and Q regained its full hours.


  1. ^ Welsh, James (22 September 2000). "QTV from October 2nd". Digital Spy. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  2. ^ Sjónvarpsáskrift - Sjónvarp Símans - Einstaklingar | Vefur Símans Archived 12 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Bauer axes Q TV after nearly 12 years to make way for Heat TV". Brand Republic. 23 May 2012. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012.

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