Snub TV

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Snub TV (also known as simply Snub) was an alternative culture television program that aired from 1987 to 1989 as a segment on the Night Flight overnight programming on the USA Network, and subsequently for three seasons on the BBC.[1]


The original US program was developed by executive producer Fran Duffy[2] and aired as part of Nightflight on a fortnightly basis. The first 2 seasons were produced in the UK by Pete Fowler and Brenda Kelly.[1] A third season was produced in the US by Duffy with help from Giorgio Gomelsky.

In 1989-1991 a UK version, produced by Fowler & Kelly, aired for three seasons on the BBC[1], and was syndicated to the pan-European TV channel Super Channel and in other countries in Europe, such as Russia, Portugal, Denmark and Greece.[citation needed]


Snub's early focus on emphasis on the indie and underground music scene in the UK was very much informed by Kelly's position as editor of The Catalogue, house magazine of The Cartel record distribution group, plus Fowler's work producing videos for bands. As the BBC show developed the program covered the rise of Madchester documenting such as The Stone Roses,[3]. The British series also featured other acts such as comedians.


Snub TV has been credited with giving many then-new bands and musical acts initial or early television exposure vital to their careers.[4][5]

Archive releaseEdit

In 2017 Fowler stated that plans to release a complete archive had been shelved due to lack of funds.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Wray, Daniel (6 June 2017). "Snub TV: cult music show that unearthed the underground". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  2. ^ Kelly-Jane, Cotter (24 February 2001). "Funeral For A Friend". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  3. ^ Spence, Simon (2012). The Stone Roses: War and Peace. St. Martin's Griffin. pp. 134–135. ISBN 0670920991.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (1995). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Volume 6. Guinness Publishing. p. 4407. ISBN 0851126626.
  5. ^ Redhead, Steve (1990). The end-0f-the century party: youth and pop towards 2000. Manchester University Press. p. 73. ISBN 0719028272.

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