ITV has completed its £100m purchase of UTV’s television assets, with UTV and UTV Ireland’s 250 staff becoming part of ITV’s global business.
The deal was first officially announced in October, with regulatory processes to be completed before the sale could be finalised. On Monday, it was confirmed that both UTV and UTV Ireland were now under ITV ownership.
“I am delighted to welcome everyone there to the ITV family,” says Chief Executive Adam Crozier. “We recognise the strength of UTV in Northern Ireland. UTV Live is one of the most successful – and highest rating – news programmes in the whole of ITV. We are committed to maintaining and strengthening the news service and UTV’s wider programming output.”
UTV in Northern Ireland was launched in 1959, broadcasting many of the region’s most watched programmes. It was the first commercial television channel on the island of Ireland when it went on air and now employs over 140 staff.