5 March 2012
UTV Media plc
("UTV" or the "Company")
UTV Signs New Network Arrangements With ITV plc
UTV Media plc is pleased to announce that its Television division, UTV Limited
has signed new network arrangements for the provision of Channel 3 programmes
and services with ITV plc, subject to regulatory approval.
The Network Affiliate Agreement (NAA) proposed by UTV and ITV plc to replace
the current Networking Arrangements (NWA) wouldretain the essence of the NWA -
a common coordinated pan-UK service capable of competing effectively with other
national services - but has an updated structure which is consistent with the
broadcasting, new media, technological and regulatory realities of Channel 3
The new affiliate relationship between ITV plc and UTV would reflect the
reality of ITV's role and responsibility as the principal driving force behind
the Channel 3 schedule in terms of funding, acquisition and scheduling of
content. UTV, as an affiliate of ITV plc, would purchase programme rights to
the network schedule for an agreed fixed fee at the commencement date of the
NAA. ITV plc will assume full responsibility for the actual costs of the
Further agreements in relation to the distribution of UTV channels on various
platforms, new media programme rights, and a new national sales agreement with
ITV plc have also been agreed, subject to the NAA receiving regulatory
* A New Media Rights Agreement - grants UTV access to all ITV 1 programming
for use on the UTV Player in Northern Ireland.
* An Operational Agreement - will ensure the distribution of UTV HD on Sky
and freesat in Northern Ireland as well as the current service on Virgin
and when digital switchover takes place in October 2012 on Freeview.
* A new Sales Agreement means ITV plc will continue to handle UTV's national
If the new NAA is approved by Ofcom, these new agreements would run until the
end of the current UTV licence in 2014 and any future licences awarded to UTV
John McCann, Chief Executive of UTV, commented:
"We are delighted to agree new terms with ITV plc for the future provision of
programming, transmission and sales services to UTV as the Channel 3 licence
holder in Northern Ireland.
"The proposed new agreements retain the strength offered by the original
Channel 3 regional partnerships in the ITV Network but provide the flexibility
required for public service broadcasters to operate more effectively in today's
market on all platforms.
"UTV is totally committed to providing Northern Ireland with quality public
service programming in the future as we have for more than 50 years."
Adam Crozier, Chief Executive of ITV plc, said:
"We look forward to continuing our positive relationship with UTV under a new
affiliate agreement. This agreement, which is still subject to regulatory
approval, represents a major milestone for us as it consolidates and simplifies
the ITV Network."
Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV Television said:
"UTV is by far the most watched channel in Northern Ireland, delivering the
best of ITV network programming with high quality news, current affairs and
diverse regional programmes which reflect a modern Northern Ireland which is
core to the channel's success.
"We are especially pleased to plan the launch of UTV HD on both Sky and DTT by
the end of this year, to complement the existing UTV HD service available to
Virgin customers in Northern Ireland."
For further information contact:
UTV Media plc
Managing Director, Television
+44 (0) 28 9026 2053
Head of Communications
+44 (0) 28 9026 2188
Tom Buchanan / Rowan Brown
+44 (0) 20 7379 5151