UKTV


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 […]

UKTV’s CMO stepping down

UKTV chief marketing and communications officer Zoë Clapp is leave the UK channels outfit following its acquisition by BBC Studios last year.  UKTV said that Clapp, who joined the broadcaster in 2005, had overseen the outfit’s marketing, communications, creative, media, social and online times through a period that saw UKTV increase its share of viewing […]

Discovery boosts ad sales team in wake of UKTV deal

Discovery has promoted Katie Coteman to vice-president, advertising and partnerships, effective immediately. She was previously senior director of commercial operations, In her new role, she will lead the ad sales, partnerships and digital sales strategies for Discovery’s channel brands in the UK. Meanwhile, Kirsty Baker and Alex Hodge have joined Discovery in the newly created positions of […]

Pluto TV launches on My5

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has confirmed the launch of three Pluto TV channels on Channel 5’s video-on-demand platform in the UK. The launch of the channels on My5, news of which was reported by Digital TV Europefrom the Variety TV Summit in Londonearlier this month, marks the first collaboration between the two Viacom-owned AVOD […]

UKTV announces new-look management team

UKTV has shaken up its executive leadership team, following the separation of BBC Studios’ and Discovery’s joint interest in the company, which sees BBC Studios take full ownership of UKTV. Marcus Arthur, president of BBC Studios UK & Ireland is UKTV’s new CEO, replacing Darren Childs who announced his departure earlier this year. Suzanne Burrows, […]

BBC and Discovery complete UKTV split

BBC Studios and Discovery have completed the deal to split up the channels in their joint British TV venture, UKTV. It follows an agreement between the two parties – announced in April – which sees BBC Studios take control of the venture’s seven entertainment channels, including Alibi, Dave, Drama, Eden, Gold, W and Yesterday, while […]

UKTV Play launches on Apple TV

UKTV has launched its on demand app on Apple TV. This will be available for Apple TV boxes, and any device where the Apple TV app is available, including Samsung smart TVs. UKTV Play’s offering is made up of programming broadcast on its range of channels. This programming is a mixture of original shows such […]

Ofcom greenlights BBC/Discovery deal for UKTV

British regulator Ofcom will not conduct a formal investigation into the BBC’s deal with Discovery to divide up UKTV. This effectively means that the proposed deal – that will see Discovery take control of three channels and the BBC take control of seven – now has official approval. Discovery, which became a co-owner of UKTV […]

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