Fox Sports 2 has been cancelled following a public outcry and a boycott of its coverage of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in London.
The channel’s co-hosts were fired in March for allegedly calling on people to leave the area, a remark that was met with widespread condemnation and condemnation from residents and local authorities.
The fallout led to widespread protests, including a mass evacuation of the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
The Channel 4 news website said in a statement on Wednesday it had been sold to ITV.
The sale was part of a multi-year deal to sell the channel to Sky for £50m.
In a statement, a spokesman for the channel said it was “devastated” by the news.
“We have been in discussions with the people of Kenssey and Chelsea for a long time, and will continue to do so, but at this stage we must make this difficult decision to move the channel,” he said.
“The channel will be sold to the highest bidder, and ITV will continue working closely with the council and the local authorities to bring the channel back to the people.”
The statement said the channel’s news coverage had been a source of great pride for the people in Kenssey, the borough, and the country.
It said the closure of the channel would mean a loss of one of its biggest stars.