Report: Virgin Media in talks to buy UTV Ireland

Liberty Global-owned pay TV operator Virgin Media is reportedly in advanced talks to buy Irish commercial broadcaster UTV Ireland. According to a report in The Telegraph on Sunday, the UK and Ireland pay TV operator is poised to buy the channel from UK broadcaster ITV, which took control of UTV Ireland after it agreed to […]

ITV in talks to buy UTV

UK broadcaster ITV is set to acquire UTV, the Northern Ireland broadcaster that owns the Channel 3-ITV franchise in the territory. UTV Media, the parent of UTV, confirmed reports over the weekend that suggested a deal to sell its television assets would be announced on the London Stock Market within days. “The board of UTV […]

UTV cuts revenue forecast for UTV Ireland channel

UTV Media, owner of Northern Irish broadcaster UTV, has cut the 2015 revenue forecast for its new channel UTV Ireland by £2.5 million (US$3.9 million). In an interim management statement for the first quarter, UTV said that the Republic of Ireland channel, which launched on January 1, has “had a slower start to the year”, […]

BBC Worldwide poaches ex-UTV exec

BBC Worldwide’s Indian arm has appointed Akhauri Sinha as its COO of content and production. Based in Mumbai, he will report to Myleeta Aga, senior VP and general manager, India, and content head for Asia. In the role, he will oversee BBCWW India’s production business, including its BBCWW formats development and originally-produced formats in both […]

Ireland’s UTV seals ITV deal, plans new channel

Northern Irish commercial broadcaster UTV has agreed a programming deal with its UK counterpart ITV and will launch a new channel in the Republic of Ireland. UTV is the Northern Irish member of the ITV network and has sealed a deal for ITV programming for the new channel in the south of the country. The […]

Killer Karaoke hits right note for Euro broadcasters

Zodiak Media’s extreme singing competition format Killer Karaoke has sold to broadcasters in the Netherlands and Czech Republic soon after launching in Russia. The format, billed as “the evil adaptation of Zodiak’s Sing if You Can”, will launch in the Netherlands on RTL5 tomorrow produced by Zodiak Nederland, while the Czech version comes from Real […]