UKTV names head of ‘airtime for equity’ fund

UK channel provider UKTV has promoted Brendan Kilcawley to director of UKTV Ventures to lead the outfit’s “airtime for equity” investment fund after joining the fund in 2021 as head of commercial.  UKTV Ventures exchanges TV advertising inventory for minority equity stakes, alongside venture capital firms, in high-growth direct-to-consumer start-ups looking to build strong brands, acquire new customers and […]

Newman given newly-created management role at BBC Studios in the UK

Sam Tewungwa, BBC Studios’ chief commercial officer for the UK has announced today that the business will its commercial teams to focus more effectively on strategic priorities. Under the restructure Jonathan Newman will be promoted to the new position general manager, Commercial, BBC Studios UK Distribution and UKTV. Reporting to Tewungwa, Newman will assume day-to-day responsibility for all […]

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 […]

UKTV Play undergoes rebrand

UKTV has announced a full rebrand of its VOD service UKTV Play. The platform serves as the digital home of UKTV’s free-to-air channel brands; Dave, Drama, Yesterday and W. The channel operator said that the rebrand will allow it to mark out its place in the increasingly competitive streaming landscape. It was overseen by UKTV’s […]

UKTV’s Nicola Greaves to become BBC Studios EVP Global Operations

BBC Studios (BBCS) has promoted the director of technology & operations at its UK-based networks arm UKTV to become EVP of global operations. Nicola Greaves will reporting into BBCS’s COO Martyn Freeman and will oversee the management, strategy and delivery of BBCS content for its branded services division. The branded services arm houses BBCS’s global […]

Record year for UKTV

BBC Studios-owned UKTV experienced a record-breaking year in 2021. UKTV, which operates channels including Dave and Gold, said that it added one million registered users in 2021 to BVOD service UKTV Play. The platform launched new mobile apps in 2021, amassing a total of 5.45 million registered users. UKTV achieved record SOCI (Share of Commercial […]

UKTV bolsters VOD team with hire of My5 senior director Andrea Amey

UKTV has hired Andrea Amey as its new general manager for digital as it looks to boost its on demand service UKTV Play. Amey joins from Channel 5, where she has spent the past 10 years overseeing its VOD output. Most recently serving as senior director for VOD product and service management, Amey led the […]

2019 was biggest ever year for Discovery in UK

Discovery has boasted 2019 as being the biggest ever year for its UK business. The broadcaster said that its portfolio of channels, which includes free-to-air networks like Quest and Food Network and pay TV brands such as TLC and Eurosport, outperformed the overall TV market in the UK, with audience increasing by 7%. Discovery said […]

UKTV’s Alibi acquires international dramas from A+E and Banijay

UK PayTV broadcaster UKTV has acquired two high-profile series for its crime drama channel Alibi. The two shows, Miss Scarlet and the Duke and The Gulf, are UKTV’s most high-profile scripted acquisitions since it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BBC Studios and restructured its management team under Marcus Arthur. Miss Scarlet and the Duke is […]

UKTV names Michaelides as chief marketing and innovation officer

BBC Studios-owned multichannel broadcaster UKTV has named Simon Michaelides as its new chief marketing and innovation Officer (CMIO). In this newly created role at the broadcaster, he will replace chief marketing and communications officer, Zoë Clapp, who is leaving the company. Reporting to UKTV CEO Marcus Arthur, Michaelides will lead the marketing, consumer communications, social […]

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