Could they close Universal and replace it with Sky Crime and pull out of the agreement with Viacom and launch Sky Comedy themselves and (as I'm sure they have already agreed in contracts) that Sky own the EPG slot so a Viacom owned Comedy Central would have to move down the EPG? As reported in the Channel 5 thread, Comedy Central is now reported to BARB as a Channel 5 channel and not Viacom as it used to be, so it seems something is going on.
I am only seeing the usual channels under Channel 5 (Channel 5, 5Star/Spike/Select/USA and Paramount). Comedy Central is listed under VIMN.
[wildly speculative - possibly borderline delusional opinion ahead]
It would almost make sense to move all the Witness programming to Crime and then do something like launch Bravo (as in - the NBCUniversal Bravo, not the UK one) in its place? The lines are kind of blurred between those two channels right now, they’re very similar to each other.
Given the fact that NBC rights in Italy are now in the hands of Sky, and not with Mediaset Premium anymore, and that Mediaset Premium closed down its most popular channel "Premium Joi" (comedies) because of that, we might expect a launch of Sky Comedy also in Italy
Not sure about Germany, and not sure about Sky Crime
I don't think it's any coincidence that Sky are launching a Crime Channel, following the closure of Sony Crime Channel 2, then the short-lived True Crime, and now the possible closure of Sony Crime Channel.