Yesterday


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 doubles content on Virgin Media

British channel provider UKTV is due to double the number of programmes available to Virgin Media customers. The deal will make more than 10,000 hours of catch-up and box-set content available and will include the launch of the updated UKTV Play app on Virgin Media’s TiVo platform. UKTV said the ‘landmark deal’ will provide Virgin […]

UKTV makes another free-to-air move

UKTV is moving its Home channel from pay to free TV. Home will replace Dave Ja Vu, the Dave +1 channel, on the UK digital terrestrial platform, with that service moving to a new, as yet unspecified, free TV slot. The Scripps Networks Interactive- and BBC Worldwide-owned channels group said the homes and garden service will […]

UKTV takes channels to Freesat

UK multichannel programmer UKTV is to launch three of its channels on free-to-view satellite platform Freesat, marking a significant shift in the company’s platform strategy. Factual channel Yesterday, entertainment service Drama and female-focused reality channel Really will be available on the satellite service from later this month, bringing shows including Call the Midwife, Louis Theroux: […]

Discovery takes on Impossible Engineering

Discovery Networks has acquired UKTV factual series Impossible Engineering for various international channel feeds. UK-based distributor Twofour Rights has sold the 6x60mins to Discovery nets in EMEA, including France, Benelux, Iberia and Italy; Science Channel in the US; and Discovery Networks Asia Pacific for numerous territories. Impossible Engineering explores the history behind modern-day mega-structures. UKTV’s […]

Yesterday looks back to CNN’s Sixties

UKTV has acquired The Sixties, the documentary series looking at the events of the landmark decade and exec-produced by Tom Hanks. The series was produced by CNN as the news and current affairs channel moves more heavily into factual programming. FremantleMedia has international rights and struck the UKTV deal. Digital channel operator UKTV will launch […]

Networks combine to construct Berlin Wall

Networks in the US, UK and Australia are coproducing a documentary about the construction of the Berlin Wall that Sky Vision’s production arm is working up. Sky Vision Productions is creating on-off special Berlin Wall: The Night the Iron Curtain Closed for Discovery-owned American Heroes Channel in the US, Yesterday in the UK, Welsh pubcaster […]

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 […]

News brief: UKTV prebuys Raiders of the Lost Art

UK digital channel operator UKTV has acquired upcoming art theft series Raiders of the Lost Art. The six-part show is produced by UK indie 3DD and tells the story of how treasured objects have been stolen. UKTV will put it out on its factual channel Yesterday. Adrian Wills, the channel’s general manager said: “It is […]

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, […]

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