Darren Childs


Darren Childs to step down as UKTV CEO

UKTV boss Darren Childs is to step down from his role as CEO of the British multichannel broadcaster.  The exec will remain until 1 July while the board explores new leadership options. He is believed to be a top contender for the role of Premier League CEO – a role recently turned down by BBC Studios […]

UKTV ‘hugely disappointed’ as channels go dark on Virgin

Ten UKTV channels  have gone dark for four million Virgin Media customers in the UK as a dispute between the companies continues. The chief executive of UKTV has issued a statement expressing the producer’s disappointment at Virgin Media’s decision to remove the channels from its pay-TV platform. Dave, Alibi, Drama and Gold were among the […]

UKTV channels dropped from Virgin Media

Virgin Media is set to drop UKTV’s portfolio of 10 channels from its platform in the UK and Ireland in a dispute over carriage fees and terms. From midnight on Saturday July 21 channels including Dave, Gold, Alibi, Drama, and Eden are due to be replaced on the Virgin Media electronic programme guide (EPG), with […]

UKTV invests in drama with Collie Cousins as first commissioner

Multichannel broadcaster UKTV has appointed Philippa Collie Cousins as its first dedicated drama commissioner. Reporting to Pete Thornton, senior commissioning editor for scripted content, Philippa will join UKTV in May and will oversee all upcoming original drama series for the broadcaster. The news arrives as the broadcaster has announced a major push into drama. It […]

UKTV controller Emma Tennant passes away

The British television industry is today mourning the passing of the well liked UKTV controller Emma Tennant, who has died aged 49. Tennant (pictured) had fought a long battle with cancer, but sadly passed away on Tuesday. “Anyone who met Emma knew her to be one of the kindest, warmest and most nurturing people working […]

UKTV CEO claims originals strategy success

The CEO of British multichannel broadcaster UKTV, Darren Childs, has claimed investment in original programming is driving big gains in both on-demand and linear viewing. The BBC Worldwide- and Scripps Networks Interactive-owned company noted that eight out of its top ten performing shows in 2017 were originals. Childs singled out entertainment format Taskmaster, which plays […]

Antenna Group chairman Kyriakou dies

Minos Kyriakou, the founder and chairman of Greek broadcaster Antenna Group, has passed away aged 75. He died suddenly from a heart attack, according to a statement from the Kyriakou family. Antenna owns European networks such as ANT1, TV PRVA and B92. Kyriakou, a shipping magnate, founded private station Antenna TV in 1989, and formally […]

UKTV launches investment fund, commits to originals

Channels group UKTV has teamed with Channel 4 to launch a multi-million pound innovation fund that will see it invest in high-growth businesses in the UK. Issuing its latest financial results, BBC Worldwide and Scripps-backed UKTV said it sank £151.2 million (US$193.7 million) into original production last year and will increase the investment this year. […]

Another ex-MTG exec joins Antenna

Former Modern Times Group COO Marc Zagar has joined Greece-based broadcaster Antenna Group as CFO. Zagar joins from telecoms group Millicom, where he was group CFO and head of financial planning. Prior to that he was on Scandinavia-based MTG’s executive committee board, holding various high-level roles. Antenna is gearing up for expansion, having recently hired […]

UKTV’s Dave and Drama rise to the top

Channel provider UKTV reported double-digit growth in 2015 and said that Dave and Drama are now the two top rating non-public service channels in the UK. In its 2015 financial report, UKTV said that the share of commercial impacts (SOCI) of its TV stations hit an all-time high of 9.31% in 2015, putting it ahead of […]