BBC and ITV retain live rights to UEFA Euros

UK broadcasters the BBC and ITV will show football championships UEFA Euro 2024 and UEFA Euro 2028 under a new rights deal agreed with UEFA. The broadcasters will split the rights to each tournament equally, with matches divided between broadcasters until a shared final. This arrangement maintains free to air coverage of the men’s UEFA […]

ITV reveals launch date and programming plans for ITVX

UK media company ITV has revealed the official launch date of new, free streaming platform ITVX. Replacing ITV Hub as the online home of all ITV content, the new ITVX will go live on December 8. In the coming weeks, it will roll out across devices and platforms, to ensure viewers have full access to […]

UKTV gives Dave brand makeover to embrace new media landscape

UK pay TV broadcaster UKTV has unveiled a new look for its comedy and entertainment channel Dave, set to launch on 9th November. With the channel having expanded out of traditional TV content into podcasts and digital commissions, the new branding has been refreshed to reflect its new content and reach new audiences. UKTV’s chief […]

Lothian Broadband Networks taps Netgem for voice and TV

Scottish fibre and wireless broadband operator Lothian Broadband Networks Limited (LBNL) has tapped technology outfit Netgem to offer voice alongn with TV as part of its ultrafast fibre broadband offering. Netgem said the move into voice was a natural extension of the usual bundles developed for ISPs, working alongside its partner Netsapiens, a Crexendo company. […]

UK government reportedly set to shelve C4 privatisation

As new UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak attempts to get to grips with his bulging in-tray, authoritative reports suggest he is planning to scrap the proposed privatisation of broadcaster Channel 4. If correct, it will represent a victory for media industry lobbyists and a u-turn on Sunak’s position when Chancellor under former leader Boris Johnson. […]

World Cup ‘will fail to offset’ declining ad demand for ITV

Coverage of football’s FIFA World Cup will not offset a general decline in TV advertising in Q4 for UK broadcaster ITV, according to analysts at Berenberg. Cutting its 2022 advertising estimates for the broadcaster following conversations with media buyers, Berenberg said that demand seems to be dropping “quite sharply” for the final quarter. The analysts […]

Channel 4 UK drops All4 VOD brand as part of brand unification strategy

UK public broadcaster Channel 4 has announced that from next year it will bring all its channels and services under one Channel 4 brand to help audiences better navigate the abundance of choice in the digital world and find their favourite Channel 4 shows wherever and whenever they choose to watch content. The most high-profile […]

Paramount and Virgin Media extend UK deal to incorporate streamers

Paramount and Virgin Media have announced a new multi-year distribution agreement, extending their existing long-term partnership in the UK. The renewed partnership will see SVOD platform Paramount+ debut on Virgin TV in 2023. Full app integration on Virgin Media’s set-top boxes will offer customers the opportunity to access more than 8000 hours of exclusive originals, […]

Virgin Media O2 adds customers against ‘challenging backdrop’

Virgin Media O2, the UK Liberty Global-Telefónica joint venture, added 12,000 fixed network customers in Q3, along with 47,000 mobile contract customers. VMO2 added 115,000 fixed premises to its footprint as it reached three million Project Lightning premises and a total Gigabit network of 16 million homes. Transaction-ajdusted Revenue stood at £2.588 million, down 0.6%, […]

BARB clients can now access Netflix viewing data

Following the recent announcement that Netflix has signed up to UK audience measurement outfit BARB, the latter has now made its reporting of Netflix viewing widely available.    Netflix is now included in BARB’s UK audience measurement for live and VOSDAL (viewed on same day as live) viewing, known as overnight viewing, as well as consolidated […]