is a free-to-air
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broadcasting on Sky and Freewire
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in the United Kingdom
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and the Republic of Ireland
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. Owned by the advertising company, Xiking Group.
Until July 2009, the channel's stated aims were to establish a showcase for emerging talent in television and film, while providing individuals with production facilities, working with Screen Yorkshire
and other parties including the BBC
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. The channel is now operated as a commercial television network with plans to grow and expand with a more mainstream output than the original Propeller programming offered.
The channel launched on 6 February 2006 on British Sky Broadcasting
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's satellite platform, Sky.
It was run by the Image Channel Company Ltd, a subsidiary of the Grimsby Institute
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in the United Kingdom until it was acquired in June 2009 by the Xiking Group, after six months of talks. There are plans to overhaul the channel and produce programmes promoting Chinese culture, brands and people, with some possibly broadcast in Chinese. Ye Maoxi, CEO of the group said, "(The new programmes) will help local people know more about China and Chinese people in Europe to know about what is happening in the motherland."
List of old and new shows
- Tuune (formerly Choon) - A new music show. (& "MetalTune" - Music show dedicated to metal)
- Film First - Horror, comedy, romance, documentary, feature, experimental, drama.
- Red Carpet - New student film-making talent, with Benn Cordrey and Peter Marshall.
- Short & Sweet - Short films.
- Nature & Science
- Chinese Civilization
- Communicate in Chinese
- The Painting & Drawing Channel - Instructional art programmes
Other programmes include: Drama Zone
, Animation Gallery
, World Cinema
, The Scream Factory
and The Film Lab
Starting 16 May 2011, some of the GDTV World
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programmes will show on Propeller.