Northern Ireland


Matt Hancock upped to culture secretary

The UK’s minister of state for digital, Matt Hancock, has been promoted to secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport as part of prime minister Teresa May’s cabinet reshuffle. Hancock replaces Karen Bradley who has now been appointed secretary of state for Northern Ireland. She in turn replaces James Brokenshire who has stepped […]

BBC extends Irish language and Ulster Scots content with new iPlayer portal

The BBC has launched a dedicated portal on the BBC iPlayer for Irish-language and Ulster-Scots programming, making this content more widely available around the UK. A range of programmes, all of which have been supported by Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language and Ulster-Scots Broadcast Funds, will be available via the portal, where audiences will be […]

BBC to up its investment in Northern Ireland

The BBC is to invest an additional £11 million (€13 million) in new services in Northern Ireland over the next three years. The public broadcaster said that the investment enable BBC Northern Ireland to transform its digital output across news, sport and other areas, produce more ambitious drama, factual and comedy content on BBC One […]

ITV set to complete UTV acquisition following approval

UK broadcaster ITV’s acquisition of Northern Irish commercial broadcaster UTV is expected to complete at the end of this month following Irish government approval of the deal. ITV struck an agreement to acquire UTV Television from UTV Media Group. For £98 million last year. The latest regulatory approval for the deal, from Ireland’s ministry of […]

ITV to buy UTV Media’s TV business for £100m

UK broadcaster ITV has agreed to the television assets of Northern Irish-based broadcasting group UTV Media for a total cash consideration of £100 million (€136 million). ITV has agreed to buy 100% of UTV Ltd, which owns the TV assets of UTV Media, in a move designed to strengthen its free-to-air business and allow it […]

ITVin talks to acquire UTV

UK broadcaster ITV is set to acquire UTV, the Northern Ireland broadcaster that owns the Channel 3-ITV franchise in the territory. UTV Media, the parent of UTV, confirmed reports over the weekend that suggested a deal to sell its television assets would be announced on the London Stock Market within days. “The board of UTV […]

UTV cuts revenue forecast for UTV Ireland channel

UTV Media, owner of Northern Irish broadcaster UTV, has cut the 2015 revenue forecast for its new channel UTV Ireland by £2.5 million (€3.5 million). In an interim management statement for the first quarter, UTV said that the Republic of Ireland channel, which launched on January 1, has “had a slower start to the year,” […]

UTV Ireland expected to make £6 million loss this year

UTV Media, owner of Northern Irish broadcaster UTV, said it expects its new channel UTV Ireland to make losses in the region of £6 million (€8.4 million) in 2015. The channel launched successfully on January 1 2015 across the Republic of Ireland, but faced a “number of challenges” in the run-up to this, UTV Media […]

Ireland’s UTV seals ITV deal, plans new channel

Northern Irish commercial broadcaster UTV has agreed a programming deal with its UK counterpart ITV and will launch a new channel in the Republic of Ireland. UTV is the Northern Irish member of the ITV network and has sealed a deal for ITV programming for the new channel in the south of the country. The […]

Ireland’s UTV goes HD on FreeSat and Sky

Northern Irish TV station UTV has launched its channel in high-definition on the FreeSat and Sky platforms for the first time.  The launches mean that UTV is now available in HD on all TV platforms, the firm said. In October 2010 UTV made its first HD steps by launching a high definition feed of its […]