UTV and ITV strike deal for sale of UTV Northern Ireland and UTV Ireland. Leaving only STV North and STV Central as independent ITV companies on the network.
UTV, the ITV broadcaster in Northern Ireland, has confirmed it is to sell-off its Merseyside radio station Juice FM to Global Radio. The news follows recent speculation the company was planning to sell-off its regional television services to the owners of the ITV companies in England and Wales.
Lord Michael Grade, former ITV Chief Executive, and nephew of one of Independent Television’s founders – Lord Lew Grade of ATV – has praised broadcaster and production company STV for remaining independent as ITV marks sixty years on air.
UTV, the ITV broadcaster and production company for Northern Ireland has confirmed that the company is “in discussions” over the future of the television service. Over the weekend local newspaper The Belfast Telegraph reported UTV were about to sell off the regional service to ITVplc – the company which operates the ITV regions in England and Wales.
UTV Ireland has announced that it has been designated as ‘having the character of a public service’ under Section 130 of the Broadcasting Act 2009 by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Mr Alex White, TD.
Viewers in Northern Ireland will now be able to catch up with their favorite UTV programmes on their phone or tablet following the launch of a new state of the art UTV Player.
UTV Ireland today announced the appointment of Neal Cummins as Communications Manager for the yet-to-launch channel.
UTV Ireland will host a briefing session for independent production companies next month to discuss the commissioning process for the new channel which goes on air on January 1st, 2015.
UTV Ireland has signed a three year agreement with ALL3 Media International for the exclusive broadcast rights in Ireland for new series of Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War, Undeniable and Love Your Garden as well as all future series of The Cube from 2015.
Mary Curtis is the new Head of Channel at UTV Ireland with responsibility for overseeing all programming content and leading the Irish team in the development of the new channel across all platforms.