Blaze is a British television channel owned by A&E Networks UK, a joint venture between A&E Networks and Sky plc. This channel allows UK A&E to use its programming for the complete “lifecycle”. In 2013, A&E Networks UK hired Heather Jones as general manager. Jones pushed having a free-to-air channel starting in her interview. Other US competitors have launched free-to-air channels in the UK with Turner Broadcasting’s TruTV in August 2014, Viacom’s Spike in April 2015 and Fox’s YourTV on Freeview in October 2015. A&E Networks announced a free-to-air factual entertainment channel for the UK in the third quarter of the year. A&E Turkey had already launched its Lifetime as a free-to-air channel. The channel launched on 20 September 2016, and is the first free-to-air channel launched by A&E Networks UK on Sky and Freeview.
Link to the Official Blaze Website
Blaze Current Idents & Presentation
Presentation in use on Blaze from its launch on 20 September 2016. At launch its idents feature the stars from its reality programming. In 2018 it replaced its original idents with idents based on an infinite loop.