FX rebrands to Fox

FX, the entertainment TV channel home of True Blood and Dexter in the UK, is rebranding to the name of its owner - Fox - as it looks to expand the genre of content it broadcasts.

FOX

The new logo for Fox

Fox will broaden its schedule beyond “edgy first-run series” to other genres as it looks to better serve its “ever-expanding audience” when it relaunches from FX on 11 January 2013.

New programmes added to the schedule will include the acquisition of US comedy Louie, an afternoon Ricki Lake-fronted chat show, US sitcom Men at Work and a second season of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.

FIC (Fox International Channels), FX’s owner company, says the rebrand marks a “natural evolution of the brand in becoming a bigger TV destination” after the channel achieved “record-breaking audience figures” earlier this year. FX attracted an average weekly reach of 4.07 million viewers, a 0.3 per cent share of the market in the week to 4 November, according to BARB.

Jason Thorp, FIC’s European executive vice president of content and managing director of UK and Africa, says: “Fox has always been behind the spirit and success of FX. Now is the time for us to reward viewers by adding even more unmissable new content under a brand name recognised globally for delivering smart entertainment with an edge.”

FIC is owned by News Corporation, which also has a stake in BSkyB and owns News International.

Readers' comments (3)

  • An odd move... FX and FOX are both well established brands in the US, and while not so well known here to the UK audience they will be to a lot of people.

    So it feels like a brand swap rather than an upgrade.

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  • The record audience is due to American Horror Story and The Walking Dead....
    ...God I love those shows.
    Can't wait for the rest of Season Three!!!!

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  • I agree with James. I loved American Horror Story: Asylum.. In my opinion it was better than the first series. Can't wait for the next series. Doesn't matter to me whether it's FX or Fox.

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