Multi-channel broadcaster UKTV, owners of Dave, W and GOLD, saw revenues grow 8% last year as its investment in original content continued to draw in audiences.
In the 12 months ending 31st December, 2016, revenue grew from £319.2m in 2015 to £344.8m.
In recent years the broadcaster’s mix of drama, comedy, entertainment and lifestyle channels have commissioned a raft of original content including Matt Forde’s political chat show Unspun, Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit, and the new Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais sitcom, Henry IX.
Further original commissions, including a new Davina McCall chat show and Porters, a new sitcom written by Dan Sefton (Delicious, The Good Karma Hospital), will air in the coming months.
UKTV has also increased distribution of its HD channels to BT TV and has expanded availability of its UKTV Play video on demand player which will soon be available on Sky and NOW TV.
Darren Childs, CEO, said, “UKTV is delivering well against its strategy, with record profit, revenue, and share of commercial linear and non-linear audiences.
“Over the last three years we have increased UKTV’s profit by over a third, by investing smartly in UKTV Originals and making sure our shows are accessible to viewers on all major digital platforms.
“Looking ahead, I believe there is great headroom to continue to grow share in our channels’ business, but we are also broadening our focus.”