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A ‘great 2023’ for Narrative Entertainment


A ‘great 2023’ for Narrative Entertainment

The UK’s biggest independent free-to-air channel group has had a bumper 2023 with record audience, share and advertising impacts growth…

Narrative Entertainment’s portfolio of channels gained its strongest yearly share growth, up +21% year-on-year, whilst 4 in 5 of the UK population enjoyed the channels in 2023. Its four Movies and Entertainment Channels have seen 28% year-on-year advertising impacts growth whilst its Kids division is up 11%. This is against the backdrop of a market decline of -1% and -13% respectively.

The broadcaster further improved its presence in UK households with over 26 launches of its apps, the POP Player and GREAT! Player, and FAST channels across an array of platforms. Delivering growth of over +400% in digital ad impressions year-on-year.

Paul Dunthorne, Managing Director commented: “I’m extremely proud of the team and what they have achieved. We have delivered record EBITDA despite the market headwinds, taking the company to a double-digit margin and putting in place the foundations for growth for the next 5 years. We have overperformed in every programming KPI. Our programming and creative teams understand positioning and connection, delivering content our audiences love to watch.”

The movies and TV channels – GREAT! Movies, GREAT! Romance, GREAT! Action and GREAT! TV – have grown their commercial impacts by 28 percent year-on-year, in contrast to market decline of -1% per cent, delivering a 29 per cent increase in the share of commercial impacts (SOCI).

GREAT! Movies retained its title as the UK’s biggest independent movie network, reaching 5.5 million Adults 16+ per month while similarly, GREAT! TV, home to some of the best loved classic TV shows, has grown SOCI +45% year-on-year. GREAT! Romance launched as the fastest growing channel in the UK, watched for over 2 hours on average – the longest out of all UK channels while GREAT! Christmas, the seasonal channel, remains the nation’s #1 Christmas channel and was up an impressive +52% YoY.

Steve Hornsey, Narrative Entertainment’s VP, Movies & Entertainment:

“We’re so excited about 2024 and the continued expansion of the GREAT! channels. After last year’s trend-busting market growth, we are continuing to invest into launching onto multiple platforms so that our committed audiences can access more of their favourite films and TV shows whenever and wherever they want, for free.”

Narrative Entertainment has the largest commercial kids’ group in the UK, with 46% share of kids’ commercial impacts, and the only group to grow impacts year-on-year. The POP Channels – POP, Tiny Pop and POP Max – remain the #1 non-PSB destination for Kids 4-15, reaching 4 million kids aged 4 to 15 on linear in the past year alone. Flagship POP has been the No. 1 Commercial Kids channel since 2017.

POP further expanded its presence on FAST platforms and is now the number one kids’ FAST channel on Samsung TV Plus. Following the success of POP on FAST, Narrative extended the network’s digital offering with the launch of its pre-school channel brand, Tiny Pop.

Francesca Newington, Director, POP Channels:

“2024 will be a very exciting time for Narrative Entertainment’s kids’ network as we continue to explore ways to expand our channels and deliver our fantastic content to loyal viewers, however and wherever they choose to watch.”

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