UKTV, an independent joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Network Interactive, has increased its viewing share by 30 per cent since 2010.
Dave, the network’s flagship free-to-air entertainment channel, saw its viewing figures grow by 1 per cent year-on-year, while the Drama channel increased its viewing share by 24 per cent to 0.97 per cent. Drama is now the UK’s number two non-public service broadcaster channel, behind Dave.
Jan Gooze-Zijl, the chief financial and operations officer of UKTV, said: “UKTV’s success is because we have taken risks and experimented with our content mix, ensuring viewers needs are at the heart of everything we do.
“For the first time in our history we are on a par with both Sky and Channel 5’s full portfolios which is testament to the hard work of all 270 staff members based here in Hammersmith.
UKTV’s portfolio comprises 10 channels and video on demand service UKTV Play, which saw a 26 per cent year-on-year increase in views for 2015.
The broadcaster reported record revenues of £283 million in its most recent annual financial results, up 1.8 per cent year on year. Its earnings before interest depreciation and amortisation were £74.1 million – up 9.9 per cent year on year – which was also a record.
Channel 4 manages UKTV’s ad sales.