UKTV goes for Gold Christmas makeover

UKTV is giving its Gold and Good Food channels a Christmas makeover. The Scripps and BBC Worldwide-owned channel operator will rebrand the channels Christmas Gold and Christmas Food throughout December to coincide with the seasonal festivities. Both channels will have new on-air rebranding and their name changes will also be reflected in the EPGs of […]

TVPlayer to launch UK subs offering

UK over-the-top television platform TVPlayer will launch a subscription service this summer offering live streams of premium TV channels. TVPlayer Plus will offer upwards of 25 premium channels and roughly 100 hours of catch-up content a week for £4.99 (US$7.79) per month – with no fixed contract. Premium networks that will feature as part of TVPlayer […]

Gold makes time for Million Joke Man

UKTV-owned comedy channel Gold has commissioned a 3x60mins retrospective on the late British comedian Bob Monkhouse. Bob Monkhouse: The Million Joke Man will see presenter Paul O’Grady (pictured) look at Monkhouse’s career in entertainment, which spanned more than five decades before he passed away in 2003. He is famous for his authored notebooks, which will […]

Gold originals on UKTV’s £125m list

Five original scripted series for thematic UK network Gold will make up part of multichannel operator UKTV’s £125 million (US$196 million) programming budget in 2015. This is part of what UKTV is billing as “an unprecedented original scripted commissioning push” for Gold, which is known primarily as a ‘best of British’ channel. Director of commissioning […]

Scripps ‘offers BBCWW £500m for UKTV’

Scripps Networks International has reportedly offered the BBC as much as £500 million (US$849.2 million) to buy the latter’s commercial arm out of their joint venture channels operator, UKTV. A deal would give it full control of 10 channels such as Dave, Watch, Yesterday and Gold. UK newspaper The Guardian reports Scripps has made “multiple […]

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 ups Watsham after Rogerson exit

British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has promoted Richard Watsham to become director of commissioning following former incumbent Jane Rogerson’s exit. Watsham takes responsibility for UKTV’s slate of original programmes, effective immediately, after being promoted from senior commissioning editor. He has worked at UKTV since 2011 and is credited with series such as Watch’s Dynamo: Magician Impossible, […]

UKTV commissions doc series on comedy classic Porridge

UKTV has commissioned a three-part doc about classic British comedy series Porridge. Porridge: The Inside Story (WT) will tell the story behind the series. It will go out on UKTV’s classic content channel Gold and produced by Phil McIntyre Television, which makes the Dynamo: Magician Impossible series for UKTV’s Watch channel. The show will have […]

BSkyB adds 14 channels to mobile service

BSkyB has added 14 entertainment channels to its Sky Go mobile TV service. New channels on the service include MTV, with Geordie Shore available on demand; Comedy Central, offering shows including South Park; UKTV channels Gold, Watch, Dave, Good Food, Eden and Alibi; Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet; and History, including […]

Sky’s NOW TV adds premium channel brands

UK satellite TV provider BSkyB has bolstered its pay-monthly OTT service NOW TV by adding ten TV channels – including Sky1, Discovery and MTV – as part of a new entertainment package. The NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass will give users access to Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts 1, Discovery, MTV, Comedy […]