Darren Childs


UKTV’s Darren Childs to step down

UKTV boss Darren Childs is to step down from his role as CEO of the British multichannel broadcaster.  The exec will remain until 1 July while the board explores new leadership options. He is believed to be a top contender for the role of Premier League CEO – a role recently turned down by BBC Studios […]

UKTV CEO claims originals strategy success

The CEO of British multichannel broadcaster UKTV, Darren Childs, has claimed investment in original programming is driving big gains in both on-demand and linear viewing. The BBC Worldwide- and Scripps Networks Interactive-owned company noted that eight out of its top ten performing shows in 2017 were originals. Childs singled out entertainment format Taskmaster, which plays on free […]

UKTV says content investment driving results

UKTV has reported strong annual results, notching profit and revenue increases. The BBC Worldwide and Scripps-owned channel operator said its investment in content drove the positive numbers, with it also taking it highest ever share of the overall commercial TV audience, which came in at 9.1% across the bouquet of channels in 2014, compared with […]

UKTV presses Play with first digital-only service

UK multichannel operator UKTV is launching its first direct-to-consumer digital service this summer. UKTV Play will offer programming from UKTV channels such as Dave and Watch as “familiar and intuitive” curated collections, by topic, box sets and ‘staff picks’, as well advance previews of upcoming shows. Features include swipe channel selection, stop-and-resume viewing, predictive search, […]

UKTV reaches highest ever audience share in 2013

Multichannel broadcaster UKTV achieved record ratings in 2013, reaching its highest-ever total audience share, according to BARB data.  The firm achieved an average audience share of 4.67% across the year, up 5% compared to 2012. Viewing numbers for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day broke previous ratings records, with viewing also up […]