Paramount Channel to launch in the UK

Channel 5 owner Viacom is to launch another free-to-air channel in the UK.

The launch of Paramount Channel in the UK follows that of the launch of Spike in April 2015.

Paramount Channel currently operates in 115 countries around the world and primarily airs films, with a handful of acquired dramas.

The move comes as Viacom, which also operates MTV and Comedy Central, is preparing to launch entertainment and drama-focused Paramount Network in the US.

It will air a mix of big-budget entertainment shows such as Lip Sync Battle and scripted series such as Yellowstone – directed and written by Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan – Heathers and American Woman.