UTV Ireland


TV3 overhauls channels, launching new service

Irish broadcaster TV3 has overhauled its two existing channels and is launching a new net, be3 to replace UTV Ireland. The broadcaster, which is owned by Liberty Global’s Virgin Media, said the rejig is part of a new three-channel strategy. Liberty Global subsidiary UPC Ireland, now Virgin Media, bought TV3 for €80 million last July. Virgin […]

Virgin Media-UTV Ireland deal gets approval

Virgin Media has received regulatory and competition approval to acquire Irish free-to-air commercial broadcaster, UTV Ireland. Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media agreed to buy Republic of Ireland broadcaster UTV Ireland for €10 million in July. Virgin will buy the free-to-air commercial channel from its current owner, UK terrestrial broadcaster ITV, and the deal also includes a […]

Virgin Media agrees €10m UTV Ireland buyout

Liberty Global-owned UK and Irish operator Virgin Media has agreed to buy Republic of Ireland broadcaster UTV Ireland for €10 million. Virgin will buy the free-to-air commercial channel from its current owner, UK terrestrial broadcaster ITV, and the deal also includes a 10-year Irish output deal for ITV-produced programming. The buyout marks the latest Irish […]

Report: Virgin Media in talks to buy UTV Ireland

Liberty Global-owned pay TV operator Virgin Media is reportedly in advanced talks to buy Irish commercial broadcaster UTV Ireland. According to a report in The Telegraph on Sunday, the UK and Ireland pay TV operator is poised to buy the channel from UK broadcaster ITV, which took control of UTV Ireland after it agreed to […]

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 […]

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,” […]