In order to modernise the business and expedite its transition into an agile, genuinely digital-first public service streamer by 2030, Channel 4 presented an ambitious five-year plan. But this means that beloved “BOX” music stations like Kerrang! TV, Kiss TV, Magic TV, 4Music, and The Box will close.
Originally called The Box Plus Network, they are now referred to as the Box music channels. This was a cooperative effort founded in the 2000s by Channel 4 and Emap (now Bauer). The final three items on the aforementioned list are aired under a branding license to Bauer Media. Up until 2019, Bauer Media held a 50% ownership stake in the channels. The decision made by Channel 4 has no bearing on Bauer’s radio stations bearing the same name.
We have multiple options to access our favourite music and music videos thanks to apps like Vevo, Spotify, YouTube, and others. Music channels have thus had to change in order to thrive. In an attempt to appeal to a younger audience, several have included reality shows. Some have opted to air vintage music in order to connect with listeners who grew up with music channels.
The specific “Kerrang! TV era” can span several years, and different viewers may have different opinions on which bands were the best during that time. However, here are some bands that were prominent and well-received during various periods of Kerrang! TV:
- Linkin Park: Known for its fusion of rock, hip-hop, and electronic elements.
- My Chemical Romance: Famous for their emo and theatrical style.
- Slipknot: A masked and aggressive nu-metal band.
- Bullet for My Valentine: Welsh metalcore band with a melodic edge.
- Avenged Sevenfold: Blending various metal subgenres with a theatrical flair.
- Bring Me the Horizon: Initially a metalcore band, evolving into a more diverse sound.
- Fall Out Boy: Pop-punk and emo influence with catchy hooks.
- Paramore: Led by vocalist Hayley Williams, known for their energetic pop-punk sound.
- Blink-182: Pop-punk legends with a humorous and irreverent style.
- System of a Down: Unique blend of alternative metal and progressive elements.
A similar story happened with Scuzz TV, a British music television channel that primarily focused on rock, punk, and metal music. It was available on various platforms, including satellite and cable television. And now, sadly, Kerrang! TV, with Kiss, Magic, 4Music and The Box, will go to where the beloved Scuzz Tv went back in 2018. You’ll be missed!