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|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||24 hours|
|Production company(s)||Cellcast Group|
|Original network||Babestation (Sky ch 906), (Freesat ch 870)
SmileTV 3 (Freeview ch 177 (22:00-05:00))
Babestation Xtra (Get Lucky TV (Sky ch 908))
Babestation Blue (Lucky Star (Sky ch 909)),
Babestation Xtreme (online)
previously Game Network UK, You TV, Game Network Italia
|Original release||3 December 2002 – Present|
Babestation is a British TV sex line which has aired since 2002. The first show of its kind in the UK, it allows viewers to communicate live with female presenters via a premium-rate telephone number or text messaging. It is broadcast daily, and since 2006 has had a dedicated channel on Sky. Its sister stations and websites are of a hard core pornographic nature.
Babestation began in late 2002, as a post-watershed two-hour programme (11pm-1am) on computer game channel Game Network UK. Babestation featured two women taking calls (unheard by the TV audience) whilst the rest of the screen was filled by viewers' text messages and one presenter, who improvised and reacted to the messages. The presenter might alternate between the three women throughout the show.
The programme proved profitable to the channel and Babestation's makers. In time, Babestation was given bigger time-slots, becoming a three- and then four-hour-long show (11pm-3am), increasing the number of presenters to four or five per night, and improving the technology (the director could now put women on 'full-screen', having only been able to show them on one-sixth of it before, and hand-held cameras were introduced, replacing the poorer-quality static remote-controlled ones used originally). Babestation was also sometimes broadcast on the Italian feed of Game Network.
This, along with Game Network's waning commitment to 'video gaming' programmes (as Psychic Interactive was also given a large amount of airtime), caused Game Network to cease to exist in the UK; on 20 February 2006, the channel's name changed to 'Babestation', and on 28 February this channel was moved by Sky to the new "Adult" section of channels. it is also available on Free-to-air channels under the Adult Section.
Babestation was a unique style of TV programme in Britain. Despite not being popular, and having low production values, Babestation produced many clones that can all be seen as originating from its format; see televised sex line.
These programmes all differ slightly in format and explicitness – Babestation generally does not show genitals or sex toys, or contain very strong language; since 2004 camera phone technology has been used to allow viewers to send in pictures of themselves; and the show has always featured adverts for similar services in its commercial breaks. But the idea is the same – live,simulated sex interspersed with unscripted conversation, advertising a premium rate number to phone the girls, which makes it a profitable business.
David Nugus author of a privately published study into TV/phone sex channels (Spring 2013), conducted many interviews with the presenters. He found them to be articulate with considerable personality, a necessity for the success of such channels. 
Masti Chat was a daily program on Babestation which allowed viewers to connect with British Asian girls. The program aired in a pre-watershed slot from 13:00pm to 21:00pm 1pm till 9pm every day. A night show with more ranchy content was broadcast on Babestation 2 every so often. Masti Chat was axed in early 2014 and many of the girls left. Some of the girls remain on Babestation Daytime.
Dirty Wives was a show on the Sky version of Babestation 2 that was on once or twice a week in the night hours. The programme featured some of the best mature girls (40+). The show no longer airs on TV or online.
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