UTV MEDIA PLC: UTV Welcomes Licence Renewal Announcement
21 November 2012
UTV WELCOMES LICENCE RENEWAL ANNOUNCEMENT
UTV Media plc today welcomed the decision by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to renew its Channel 3 licence for UTV in Northern Ireland which will run from 1 January 2015 until the end of 2024.
John McCann, Group Chief Executive, UTV Media plc said:
"We are delighted that the Secretary of State has decided that our licence should be renewed for another ten years.
"Today's announcement provides much needed clarity for the Television division. It is wonderful news for our staff and our business as it recognises the major role UTV plays in Northern Ireland life both as a broadcaster reflecting what's happening onscreen and as a business providing employment for staff, contractors and the creative industries.
"As a successful regional broadcaster, we are totally committed to providing our audience with high quality public service programming in the future as we have for more than 50 years.
"The commitment of our staff has never been stronger and the quality of our regional output continues to enjoy the highest ratings in the whole of the ITV Network."
Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV Television Ltd said:
"Today's announcement recognises that Channel 3 remains as important to viewers today as it was when it was first licenced in 1954. It enables UTV to plan for the future and to continue to invest in the local economy in Northern Ireland.
"Earlier this year we signed a new agreement with ITV plc to ensure the ITV network arrangements were simplified and fit for the digital world in which we all now operate. Today's announcement ensures UTV can plan ahead to invest in further technology to enable our content teams to deliver our programming on an increasing number of platforms.
"We look forward to engaging with Ofcom on the terms of our licence renewal and to providing our audience with the same high standards of news, current affairs and programming that reflects the people and issues of our region in the future."
Orla McKibbin, Head of Communications, UTV Media plc +44 (0) 28 9026 2188
UTV Media plc is one of the most successful media companies in the UK and Ireland incorporating Radio, Television, New Media and Publishing. UTV Television is the ITV franchise holder for Northern Ireland and has the highest TV penetration locally. UTV Radio GB operates the no. 1 commercial national speech station - talkSPORT, 13 Independent Local Radio Stations (ILRs) and a number of digital radio multiplexes throughout GB. talkSPORT is Global Audio Partner of the Barclays Premier League through to 2016 and also incorporates Sport magazine. UTV Radio Ireland is the largest operator of ILRs in Ireland. UTV New Media comprises a leading Internet Service Provider, web development company and full service digital agency.
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