UKTV

UKTV earnings reach double digits

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The network took their revenue over the £300million mark for the first time last year, which left them with £82million in earnings before other costs, it was announced on 12 April.  

Executives claim they have capitalised on the strong television advertising market. They also say a 20% increase in investment in original content helped boost viewing figures.

Upcoming original UKTV shows include a brand new series of cult hit Red Dwarf, an original chat show John Bishop: In Conversation With..., and the continuation of Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled.

Lifestyle channel Home moves to free-to-air

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Lifestyle channel Home will make the move from pay TV to free-to-air on 1 March.

Emma Ayech, general manager of Home, said that the channel’s move to free-to-air households “gives a greater reach to our channel, offering more viewers the opportunity to watch our great roster of much-loved shows fronted by big name talent. We’re looking forward to welcoming new audiences to our Home.”

Home replaced pay TV channel UKTV Style in 2009. It will move to channel 25, currently occupied by Dave Ja Vu, which will move to a new slot which will be announced in the coming days.

UKTV takes on Australia's deadliest pests

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Deadliest Pests Down Under follows the trial and tribulations of nine British pest controllers as they are moved thousands of miles to Australia, where the critters are bigger, scarier and have many more teeth.

"Imagine Rodney Trotter meeting Crocodile Dundee, and it should give you an idea of the comedy potential this trailblazing new series has” says Popkorn TV’s Rory Wheeler.

The Interviews returns to Gold

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The show follows the career of some of our best loved celebrities from the world of comedy and showbiz.

Narrated by Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Friday Night Dinner), this series will look at the lives of comic actor Peter Sellers, the incorrigible Frankie Howerd, Barry Humphries and his larger-than-life alter ego Dame Edna Everage, king of Saturday night Sir Bruce Forsyth, comedy great Kenny Everett, and much loved national treasure Julie Walters.

BT TV app gets a makeover

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BT’s Antonia Barton promised that “the new BT TV app is much better all round – it is much easier to use and gives you great TV shows to enjoy when you are out and about. Plus there’s so much more content.”

All BT TV customers can download the BT TV app which includes a dedicated kids' section of streamed on demand and catch up shows including SpongeBob SquarePants on Nickelodeon and Doc McStuffins from Disney Junior.

Entertainment channel Watch to relaunch as W

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The channel will feature a mixture of original commissions, US exclusives including Code Black and MasterChef USA, and “the very best of BBC content” including same-day repeats of EastEnders and its weekend omnibus.

“UKTV is known for peerlessly strong channel brands, which guide audiences to shows that are perfect for them,” said UKTV controller Emma Tennant. “W will be no different, a premium channel for smart women and men seeking high-quality escapism.”

Boxer David Haye's comeback fight to air live on Dave

David Haye will face Australian boxer Mark De Mori in his comeback fight at London's O2

The former world champion will take on Australian heavyweight Mark De Mori in his first fight in over three years.

Haye, also known as The Hayemaker, said he was "delighted" that his comeback fight would be available to watch on the free-to-air channel: “I was determined to make this comeback fight free to everybody and fans should sit back and get ready for another fun-fuelled ride as I look to regain the heavyweight championship of the world.” 

UKTV celebrates record-breaking year

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Last year saw UKTV deliver a 9.27% share of social impacts (SOCI), putting it marginally ahead of Sky’s branded channels (9.25%) and Channel 5’s portfolio (9.26%).

The results follow a big drive by the broadcaster to commission more original content. Storage Hunters UK Celebrity Special and Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish received UKTV’s highest ratings last year. Meanwhile comedy gameshow Taskmaster and sitcom Marley’s Ghosts also contributed to a boost in audience share.