Emma Tennant

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 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 […]

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 […]

North, Wills upped, Hornsey out in UKTV restructure

Multichannel operator UKTV has restructured its top-level team in a move that sees the departures of Clare Laycock and Steve Hornsey. Really, Home and Good Food general manager Laycock is moving to Discovery Networks UK and Ireland, where she will be channel head for its flagship entertainment network TLC, while Hornsey’s role as GM of […]

UKTV launches drama-focused network

British multichannel operator UKTV is launching a new drama-themed free-to-air channel. Drama will launch in July 8 and will mainly broadcast British dramas such as Pride and Prejudice, The Cinder Path and Sharpe, along with Lark Rise to Candleford and classic comedy Auf Wiedersehen Pet. UKTV controller Emma Tennant (pictured) said: “Drama is targeted at […]

UKTV hires commissioning pair, expands division

UK multichannel broadcaster UKTV has added a pair of commissioning editors following what it describes as its “most successful 12 months ever”. Former Endemol executive Iain Colye and BBC senior executive producer Hilary Rosen have joined the broadcaster, which has been increasing its commissioning spend over the past few years under director of commissioning Jane […]