18 February 2016
Multi-award winning broadcaster UKTV today announced it has taken a new free-to-air slot and revealed plans to move lifestyle channel Home.
Home, currently exclusively in pay TV, is the UK's only television channel dedicated to inspirational home and gardens programming.
Home takes up its new residence at channel 25 on 1 March, bringing audiences hit shows such as My Dream Derelict Home, Escape to the Country, A Place in the Sun: Home Or Away, My Flat-Pack Home featuring Amanda Lamb, Nick Knowles' Original Features, Make My Home Bigger, Fantasy Homes by the Sea and Kitchen SOS featuring Nadia Sawalha.
Emma Ayech, general manager, Home, said,
Moving Home in to free-to-air households gives a greater reach to our channel, offering more viewers the opportunity to watch our great roster of much-loved shows fronted by big name talent. We're looking forward to welcoming new audiences to our Home.
Home has been in pay TV since 2009, when it replaced UKTV Style. Home's move brings UKTV's roster of channels in free to six, with the channel joining Dave, Dave Ja Vu, Drama, Really and Yesterday.
Dave Ja Vu, currently airing on channel 25, will move to a new channel slot which will be announced in the coming days. From 1 March most viewers will find that their TV has automatically retuned to reflect the new channel positions for Home and Dave Ja Vu. However, viewers with older sets may need to conduct a manual retune.
UKTV recently celebrated its most successful year after record-breaking viewing helped the network deliver 9.32% share of commercial impacts, putting it ahead of Channel 5's full portfolio and all of Sky's wholly owned channels, including movies and sport, for the first time.
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Home is the UK's only TV channel dedicated to inspirational home and gardens programming.
It's packed with some of the best lifestyle programmes from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 such as DIY SOS, Escape To The Country, Homes Under The Hammer,A Place In The Sun: Home or Away, Restoration Man, and The Hotel Inspector. It also features fantastic content from America, Ireland and Australia as well as our own commissions made for channel such as My Dream Derelict Home, Make My Home Bigger, Fantasy Homes By The Sea, and My Flat-pack Home. With programmes featuring a wealth of talent and expertise including Nick Knowles, George Clarke, Kirstie Allsopp, Amanda Lamb, Alan Titchmarsh, Simon O'Brien, Jonnie Irwin, Gordon Whistance, Jenni Falconer and Sarah Beeny, there is always a programme on which will inspire you, entertain you and give you some great ideas to decorate or makeover your home.
UKTV's eleven imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, Watch, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food - include the most popular non-PSB channel in the UK and account for 9% of the British commercial TV market. The company's most recent financial results showed record-breaking year-end revenue of £283m and EBITDA of £74.1m. It invested £123m in programming and related launches last year, and is becoming an increasingly significant investor in UK creativity.
UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC, alongside programmes originally shown on ITV and Channel 4. The network embraces technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories.
Now celebrating its 22nd year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) - is proud to be the only British television broadcaster to be recognised by Best Companies.