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 plotting to increase indie original hours by a third

British channels group UKTV is planning to increase the number of hours it commissions from UK indies by a third in 2018. The company, which counts BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive as parents, is making the “significant increase” following strong results from original shows last year. These included thematic net Gold taking its highest […]

UKTV restructures acquisitions & channels teams

British channels group UKTV has created five channel director posts in a restructure that looks to have knock-on effects for some key executives. Emma Ayech, Luke Hales, Gerald Casey, Adam Collings and Vicky Walker all get promotions in the rejig, effective immediately, and UKTV say the changes are reflective of a major increase in investment […]

Virgin Media Ireland adds UKTV to on-demand platform

Virgin Media Ireland has added UKTV Play to its line-up of on-demand services, boosting its catch-up TV catalogue by more than 1,000 hours. UKTV channels Dave, W, Gold and Alibi are now available on Virgin Media On Demand in Ireland, giving users access to shows like UKTV Originals Taskmaster (pictured) and John Bishop: In Conversation […]

Dave adds Spanish street game show format

UK entertainment network Dave has ordered a local version of a Spanish game show set on the street. Comedian Jason Byrne will present Don’t Say it, Bring it, with Belfast-based Stellify Media attached to produce 20 half-hour episodes for the UKTV-owned network. The series is based on a Phileas Productions format in which a presenter […]

Dave is All Torque with Ross Noble

UK free TV channel Dave has commissioned a 3x60mins entertainment series featuring comedian Ross Noble. Ross Noble: All Torque will see the comic taking part in the Scottish Six Day Trial, which is considered one of the oldest and most difficult motorbike races in the world. Grain Media (Virunga) is producer, with Jon Drever directing. […]

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. […]

UKTV plots uptick in originals investment

UK-based channels group UKTV plans to increase investment in its original programming this year. Richard Watsham (pictured), UKTV’s director of commissioning, said in a statement issued to TBI: “Twenty-sixteen was a landmark year for UKTV’s original output. We worked with more production companies and produced shows across more genres than ever before, which resulted in […]

UKTV takes Ultimate Strongman rights

UK channel operator UKTV will show the Ultimate Strongman: Next Generation event on its Dave channel as two two-hour shows later this year. The Championship, in which contestants battle across various feats of strength to find the strongest, will run as a live event this December. Dave will run the Championship, alongside the under-25 version […]

Dave brings Lizard Lick team to UK

UKTV channel Dave is bringing the stars of US reality show Lizard Lick Towing to the UK in a new ten-part series. Lizard Lick Touring will see ordained minister Ron Shirley heading to the UK to find classic and luxury automobiles to ship back to the States. British entertainment network Dave has already successfully adapted […]

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