Isle of Media appoints former UTV exec as CEO

The former managing director of UTV in Northern Ireland, Michael Wilson, has joined the Isle of Man’s media development agency as chief executive officer (CEO). Wilson joins Isle of Media after having spent more than 10 years at UTV – the operator of the ITV licence for Northern Ireland – first as head of television and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ofcom renews commercial TV licences

UK regulator Ofcom has renewed the broadcasting licenses for Channel 3 – comprising ITV, Scotland’s STV and Northern Ireland’s UTV – and Channel 5 for 10 years from January 1 2015 following acceptance of new terms by the licensees. Earlier this month, Ofcom confirmed that it would renew the licences and set out the terms […]

Ofcom renews Channel 3 and 5 licences

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has renewed the licences for Channel 3 and Channel 5 for a further 10-years, beginning January 1, 2015.  The Channel 3 licenses relate to ITV and its Scottish and Northern Irish counterparts STV and UTV, with Ofcom also due to create a separate Channel 3 licence for Wales and a new […]

TV3 to oppose UTV’s planned Republic of Ireland channel

Irish commercial broadcaster TV3 is reportedly protesting plans by Northern Ireland’s UTV to launch a new channel in the Republic of Ireland.  According to a Sunday Times report, TV3 has raised “grave concerns” with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) about UTV’s channel application, which UTV announced in November. TV3, which must be carried on all broadcast […]