'Dave' and 'Gold' Disappear Overnight In Virgin Media Fees Row
Irish Virgin Media customers are losing a number of channels due to a dispute over pay.
The UKTV Group say the media company wanted to pay "significantly less" for their channels on the platform.
The company says it's disappointed for the millions affected in the UK and Ireland - but insists it "couldn’t afford to take such a huge pay cut".
We’ve worked with @virginmedia since its launch in 2006. We’re so sorry for any viewers who are missing our channels, but we couldn’t afford to take such a huge pay cut. We are still available on @SkyUK, @BT_UK, @FreeviewTV, @Freesat_TV, @TalkTalkTV and @NOWTV. pic.twitter.com/FRnghOs72u— Official UKTV (@UKTV) July 21, 2018
The change means stations such as Dave, Gold and Alibi have been taken off Virgin's channel list.
However, Virgin say they're instead introducing four new CBS channels for customers.
YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME. Thanks for all the messages today, let us know if you need any help and if you have concerns about your @virginmedia subscription it's best to message them directly. #SaveDave #DaveHashtag— Dave (@davechannel) July 20, 2018
Customers have been expressing their anger on social media using #savedave
But these are not the channels that we signed up for, you are changing a large percentage of the available channels without offering customers the choice of whether they want to pay for them.— David Broad (@_DavidBroad_) July 20, 2018
Will you at least be allowing customers to change their subscription level? #savedave
Was not even aware of this change! That’s rubbish! Dave is just the best channel! Boo hiss (in pure panto style) to Virgin Media! #savedave— Natalie Harris (@BarnOwlTally) July 20, 2018