Radio 1 plans TV spin-off

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Radio 1 on television is one of BBC TV's working ideas for new channels disclosed yesterday. The BBC wants to offer its own version of MTV when it launches its first British subscription channels on cable and satellite from next summer. The corporation says One-TV will bring the "spirit and essence" of Radio 1's "cutting-edge music policy" on to the small screen with videos, interviews and concerts.

The plans were revealed following the announcement of the BBC's negotiations with the cable company Flextech to launch subscription channels in this country as a joint venture. Other proposed channels include Showcase, for classic drama and comedy; Arena, for music, theatre and arts; Sports Entertainment Network - and BBC Catch Up TV, offering repeats.

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