network_name = UKTV
available = Cable / Digital
owner = 50%
Virgin Media Television
launch_date = Nov 1997
website = [http://www.uktv.co.uk/ www.uktv.co.uk]
UKTV is a joint venture between
BBC Worldwideand Virgin Media Television. UKTV is one of the United Kingdom's largest television companies.
UKTV's channels are available via satellite and cable in the UK and the
Republic of Ireland. In the UK, UKTV Historyand Dave are available on Freeview, and selected parts of G.O.L.D., UKTV Styleand UKTV Foodare available through Top Up TV.
Most programmes on UKTV's channels are repeat broadcasts of BBC productions (although the entertainment channels also feature programmes made by other companies), and the channels themselves are played out by
Red Bee Mediafrom their Broadcast Centre in West London.
On 10 July 2008 it was announced that all UKTV channels would be rebranded over the next 12 months and, on 7 October, "UKTV Gold" became "G.O.L.D." and "UKTV Drama" became "Alibi". A new channel, Watch, launched on the same day. On 9 October it was announced that in early 09, "UKTV People" becomes "Blighty" and "UKTV Documentary" becomes "Eden". [cite news
title=UKTV to rebrand all channels| publisher=UKTV
July 10, 2008
accessdate=2008-10-06] [cite news
title=UKTV unveils new channel brands
June 12, 2008
"For more information on UKTV channels and defunct channels, see
Virgin Media Television#UKTV"
To Be Rebranded
UKTV Documentaryas Eden
UKTV Foodas Food
UKTV Gardensas Gardens
UKTV Historyas History
UKTV Peopleas Blighty
UKTV Styleas Style
*UK Arena - closed in 2000 due to insufficient ratings, relaunched as UK Drama (later UKTV Drama and then Alibi)
Play UK(formerly UK Play) - closed in 2002 due to low ratings because of the closure of ITV Digital
*UK Gold 2 (formerly UK Gold Classics) - closed in 2003 to create UKG2 (later UKTV G2 and then Dave)
UK Horizons- closed in 2004 to create UKTV People and UKTV Documentary
*UKTV People +1 - closed in 2006 to create UKTV Drama +1 (later Alibi +1)
UKTV Bright Ideas- closed in 2007 on all platforms for the relaunch of UKTV G2/Dave going onto Freeview
*UKTV Style 2 - closed in 2008 to make way for Watch
* [http://www.uktv.co.uk UKTV.co.uk]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk BBC]
* [http://www.virginmediatv.com Virgin Media Television]
* [http://www.topup.tv Top Up TV]
* [http://thetvroom.com/uktv The TV Room] looks at presentation/branding on the UKTV channels
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