As everyone in the UK already knows SKY TV will be closing down the Bravo network where TNA iMPACT! airs. When this announcement was made awhile back Sky promised TNA Wrestling programming would remain on the air in the UK on another Sky TV channel.
With the impending closing, UK TNA fans have been bombarding TNA Wrestling and news sites like ours with questions about where iMPACT! will air on their television – and when. TNA Wrestling released this official non-statement from SKY today via their official Twitter and Facebook pages:
“From Sky to UK Fans: TNA (iMPACT) will be broadcast on a different Sky channel when Bravo closes, we are trying to find out which channel this will be and will let you all know as soon as we find out”
Apparently, SKY still has not made a final decision. There has been speculation that WWE may be putting some pressure on SKY to not show TNA iMPACT! on a “good” channel in a premium time slot due to WWE’s PPV relationships. As far as I can tell this speculation is just that – speculation. There has been no evidence that WWE is trying to pressure SKY. I do imagine that there are internal turf wars amongst programming directors of each of the individual channels as well as advertiser considerations complicating the issue. The only solid news is that it appears the rumors of SKY changing their minds and dropping TNA Wrestling are baseless.
We will update you as soon as we get some solid info on the channel change.