Focus on ‘best of British’ pays off for UKTV

 

Gideon Spanier
Monday 08 September 2014 08:50
Comments
Monty Python's reunion stage show can be seen on UKTV's Gold channel
Monty Python's reunion stage show can be seen on UKTV's Gold channel

UKTV, the commercial broadcaster known for running repeats of BBC hits such as Top Gear and Have I Got News For You on its flagship channel Dave, saw annual revenues rise 6 per cent to a record £278m after it commissioned more original programming.

But profits before exceptional items fell 6 per cent to £67.4m as it spent heavily on new shows such as Dave Gorman: Modern Life is Goodish and Dynamo: Magician and the launch of another channel, called Drama, as part of its focus on “the best of British”.

The broadcaster’s share of the TV advertising market hit a record 9.1 per cent in the first half of 2014.

On-demand viewing has also surged and UKTV has recently bought the exclusive rights to air Monty Python’s London reunion stage show on its Gold channel.

UKTV, which is jointly owned by BBC Worldwide and US broadcaster Scripps, declined to release its full accounts. But BBC Worldwide admitted in its own accounts in July it took a £16.5m “one-off accounting charge” related to “previously loss-making components of the UKTV Group”.

UKTV has 10 channels including Watch and Good Food.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in