BFBS, the British Forces Broadcasting Service, has decided to close its Forces TV channel. Forces TV currently broadcasts news for the armed forces, alongside archive entertainment programmes, which has attracted a significant audience from outwith the armed forces.
Forces TV was due to lose its terrestrial Freeview coverage from 30th June, as the channel broadcasts on the COM7 temporary Freeview multiplex. The broadcaster has revealed on its Forces.net website, that options to continue broadcasting on the platform were not viable to BFBS, which is charity run.
This in turn appears to have sparked a wider review into the channel, with the broadcaster concluding it is also no longer financially viable to operate the channel on other platforms. Therefore, on the 30th June (2022), Forces TV will cease broadcasts on Freeview, cable (Virgin Media), and the Sky and Freesat satellite platforms.
Forces News and other military specific content will remain available on the Forces.net website, and other online platforms. Other services operated by BFBS will remain unchanged, with BFBS continuing with its remit to inform, entertain, and educate British forces communities around the world.
Forces TV has been on-air for a total of 8 years, having launched on the 10th June 2014 on Sky, Freesat, and Virgin Media. Freeview coverage followed around a year later. At the time, the organisation operating the channel was know as the Services Sound and Vision Corporation, which has now restructured as BFBS.