This week UKTV celebrated record revenue, profit and viewership.
Viewing room at UKTV HQ
“UKTV is delivering well against its strategy, with record profit, revenue, and share of commercial linear and non-linear audiences. Over the last three years we have increased UKTV’s profit by over a third, by investing smartly in UKTV Originals and making sure our shows are accessible to viewers on all major digital platforms. UKTV’s increased investment in programming and related launches of £151.2 million in 2016 resulted in more original programming across the network, with double the number of UKTV Originals hours premiering in 2016 versus 2015. Commissioned content on Dave proved particularly popular with viewers.” – Darren Childs, CEO, UKTV
UKTV Originals made up eight out of the channel’s top ten titles – Live Boxing: David Haye v Mark de Mori, Red Dwarf XI, Live Boxing: David Haye v Arnold Gjergjaj, Taskmaster, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit, Celebrity Storage Hunters and Zapped.
The network is planning to increase its original entertainment hours this year with more brand new formats and shows in the pipeline, including Davina, a prime time series for channel W, presented by Davina McCall. Porters, a scripted comedy for Dave set in the world of hospital porters, Murder on the Blackpool Express is a scripted two-part comedy drama for Gold set on a guided tour coach trip to Blackpool, blending humour and classic murder mystery and Into The Fire a fly-on-the-wall series for Really featuring the West Midlands Fire Service.
“Even during a turbulent year in the ad market, the business continues to deliver double digit profit growth.” – Darren Childs, CEO, UKTV
In 2016, UKTV continued its trajectory of sustained financial growth and over the course of three years, revenues have grown by 24.1% for the company. The strong financial performance has been driven, UKTV say, by a consistent strategy of investment in their on-air brands, in digital distribution, and the exclusive new programming which is helping attract larger audiences to the network. channels. UKTV has seen continued progress in 2016 across all areas of the business, including growth in its linear and on demand propositions.
“Looking ahead, I believe there is great headroom to continue to grow share in our channels’ business, but we are also broadening our focus. We will capitalise on the growth of UKTV Originals and build original entertainment with shows such as Porters, Into The Fire, Murder on the Blackpool Express and a new prime time format for W hosted by Davina McCall.” – Darren Childs, CEO