Good Food channel merges with Food Network UK

(Updated x2) Discovery is merging its newly acquired Good Food channel with Food Network UK on the 11th September 2019.

Good Food, along with Really and Home, were acquired by Discovery as part of a deal with BBC Studios over broadcaster UKTV, which was originally a 50:50 joint venture between the two companies.

The acquisition left Discovery with two food channels - Good Food and Food Network UK, which it acquired by taking over Scripps Networks a year earlier.

Good Food's existing slots will close from the end of programming on 11th September 2019.

Good Food has confirmed that following the change, viewers will "still be able to watch your Good Food favourites over at Food Network UK", adding "we hope you'll join us over there".

Schedules for Food Network UK from the 14th September show many Good Food programmes filling up slots throughout the day, alongside existing Food Network programmes.

It was only confirmed today that Discovery had commissioned a new show fronted by Ainsley Harriott - Ainsley's Market Food - for its food channel, indicating the new service will continue to feature new UK cookery shows alongside bought in programmes from the USA and reruns from other broadcasters.

Good Food is a pay TV channel carried on Sky, Virgin and BT, Plusnet and TalkTalk TV, while Food Network UK operates as a free-to-air channel on all major TV platforms and enjoys higher ranking EPG slots on many platforms.

Of its other acquired channels, Discovery has confirmed it plans to turn Home into a UK version of HGTV, while nothing has yet been said about the future of Really.

Updated: 16:28 and 7/9 22:19, reflecting the close date has been brought forward to the 11th, not the night from 13th to 14th as previously indicated in published listings and some EPGs.