Emma Tennant

Emma Tennant is the Controller of UKTV.

Emma Tennant

As Controller of UKTV, Emma is responsible for the editorial and brand leadership for the broadcaster's portfolio of ten thematic channel brands and video on demand service UKTV Play.

Since joining the company, Emma has delivered sustained SOCI growth, taking the UKTV network from 7.28% SOCI in 2011 to nearly 10% SOCI in 2017. Under her stewardship, UKTV has also launched new channel Drama, evolved Watch into new pay entertainment channel W, and transferred lifestyle channel Home from pay to Freeview.
During her tenure, UKTV has significantly increased its investment in programming and expanded its original commissions into scripted comedy, which sit alongside hit entertainment, factual entertainment and comedy formats such as breakout hits Taskmaster, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Red Dwarf XI.

Before joining UKTV in late 2011, Emma worked at ITV Digital Channels where, as Controller, she helped deliver consistent and sustained growth across its digital portfolio. Collaborating with Director of Digital Channels on editorial strategy for ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV, Emma oversaw a 14% growth in the ITV Digital Channels, and the significant growth of ITV3 to become the leading digital channel in the UK and the largest growing digital channel in 2010.

Prior to her work as Controller of ITV Digital Channels, Emma worked as Controller of ITV3 and CITV where she commissioned a range of successful shows for CITV including Bookaboo, which won a Children's Bafta, Broadcast Award and Prix Jeunesse. For ITV3 she commissioned Matthew Kelly's Forensic Casebook, Martina Coles Ladykillers and Ladies of Letters.

Emma started her TV career at Living TV where she was responsible for setting the channel's strategy and establishing it as the must see channel for a young, female demographic with smart acquisitions including CSI, Next Top Model and Will & Grace.