Blaze (British and Irish TV channel)

Blaze is a free-to-air television channel owned by A&E Networks UK, a joint venture between A&E Networks and Sky Group. This channel allows UK A&E to use its programming for the complete "lifecycle".

Logo used since 2016
  • UK
  • Italy
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
Timeshift serviceBlaze +1
OwnerA&E Networks
Sister channelsChallenge
Crime & Investigation
Sky Showcase
Sky One (until 2021)
Sky Kids
Sky Arts
Sky Showcase
Sky Atlantic
Sky Cinema
Sky Comedy
Sky Crime
Sky Documentaries
Sky History
Sky History 2
Sky Max
Sky Nature
Sky News
Sky Replay
Sky Sci-Fi
Sky Sports
Sky Sports Box Office
Sky Sports F1
Sky Sports News
Sky Sports Racing
Sky Witness
Launched20 September 2016 (2016-09-20)
FreeviewChannel 64
Channel 81 (+1)

A+E Networks Italy launched its Blaze on Sky Italy on March 22, 2017.[1] In Spain and Portugal, a version of Blaze channel was launched by AMC Networks International in joint-venture with A&E Networks to replace the A&E channel on 18 April 2018,[2] but closed and replaced with AMC Break on 19 April 2022.[3]

Format and programming

The channels' programming is a best of A&E shows[4] Blaze was the first channel launched in the UK by A&E Networks that did not borrow its name from one of the company's U.S. channels. The abbreviation "A&E" is commonly used to mean "Accident and Emergency unit" in the UK, so the company decided not to use that brand for the channel.[5]

Having original only aired imported and rerun programming, Blaze commissioned its first original programme, Flipping Bangers, in 2017.[6] It premiered on 6 April 2018 as a part of the Car Night programming block.[7] A second season was later commissioned.


Elena Anniballi was appointed director of Blaze in April 2017.[8] In February 2019, A&E Networks appointed Dan Korn as head of Blaze.[5]


Initial programs
  • Pawn Stars (2016–)[4]
  • Mountain Men (2016–)[4]
  • American Restoration (2016–)[4]
Exclusive A&E programming (April 2019—)
Original programming:
  • Flipping Bangers(6 April 2018—[7]) Just Might TV,[5] Car Night programming block,[7] two seasons[5]
  • Spiky Goldhunters Pango Productions
  • Outback Truckers (seventh season—) Prospero Productions[5]


  1. Clover, Julian (22 March 2017). "A+E's Blaze to launch on Sky Italia". Broadband TV News. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  2. Gonzalez, Juan Fernandez (13 April 2018). "AMC launches Blaze in Spain". Rapid TV News. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  3. "AMC Networks International lanza AMC Break y AMC Crime". (in Spanish). 2022-04-19. Retrieved 2022-04-19.
  4. Kanter, Jake (August 18, 2016). "A+E Networks is launching its first Freeview channel in the UK — but admits it's late to the party". Business Insider. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  5. "A+E Networks Eyes Blaze Expansion As It Promotes UK Content Chief Dan Korn To Oversee Free-To-Air Brand". Deadline. 20 February 2019.
  6. "Blaze lights first original". C21Media. 15 October 2017.
  7. "Three quarters of millennials don't know how to change a tyre or make simple repairs to their car". The Mirror. 6 April 2018.
  8. "A+E UK rejigs programming teams; Job steps down". Realscreen. 11 April 2007.
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