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dbl9,208 posts since 11 Jun 2004
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Just to ask Is the UKTV name staying since BBC now controls it all? Also what's the deal with the UKTV stings on the Food network?

UKTV name is staying (it's a subsidiary inside BBC Studios) UKTV stings on Food Network? Could you elaborate a bit more?

Just to ask Is the UKTV name staying since BBC now controls it all? Also what's the deal with the UKTV stings on the Food network?


UKTV is staying as a subsidiary of BBC Studios.

Part of the sale of the former UKTV channels to Discovery was that UKTV's sales provider Channel 4 would continue to sell airtime on Really, Home and Good Food, with the merger of GF with Food Network, I'd assume UKTV trails and ads are now under that part of the agreement.

Correct! UKTV Creative still make promos for ex-UKTV channels (Really, Home) for the moment, with Discovery promos being sent over.
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kernow1,327 posts since 18 Jan 2006
Its the UKTV original sting before the programmes, It just strange seeing brand new series out of the box still having this kept in on Foodnetwork.

It may have been produced before the closure of Good Food was confirmed, and no one has edited it out.
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noggin14,546 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Just to ask Is the UKTV name staying since BBC now controls it all? Also what's the deal with the UKTV stings on the Food network?


It's important to be clear when using 'BBC' to discuss this stuff.

UKTV is now a part of BBC Studios (which is the combined company formed by BBC Worldwide and the non-Sport, non-News, non-Kids, non-National/Regional arms of BBC Productions). This itself is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC - like BBC Studioworks. In some ways - think of BBC Studios as an independent production company that happens to be owned by the BBC (like Endemol/Shine or Tinopolis)

There is a significant separation between BBC Public Service/BBC Content and BBC Studios (and thus UKTV). I don't think BBC Studios would be allowed to rebrand UKTV services as 'BBC' without doing a deal with their owner, BBC Public Service, and I doubt BBC Public Service would want (or Ofcom allow?) BBC branded services to carry commercial advertising within the UK.
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Robert Williams714 posts since 25 Jan 2003
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Just to ask Is the UKTV name staying since BBC now controls it all? Also what's the deal with the UKTV stings on the Food network?


It's important to be clear when using 'BBC' to discuss this stuff.

UKTV is now a part of BBC Studios (which is the combined company formed by BBC Worldwide and the non-Sport, non-News, non-Kids, non-National/Regional arms of BBC Productions). This itself is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC - like BBC Studioworks. In some ways - think of BBC Studios as an independent production company that happens to be owned by the BBC (like Endemol/Shine or Tinopolis)

There is a significant separation between BBC Public Service/BBC Content and BBC Studios (and thus UKTV). I don't think BBC Studios would be allowed to rebrand UKTV services as 'BBC' without doing a deal with their owner, BBC Public Service, and I doubt BBC Public Service would want (or Ofcom allow?) BBC branded services to carry commercial advertising within the UK.


Which is why the UKTV brand came about in the first place - the original plan in 1997 had been to name the three new channels BBC Horizon, BBC Style and BBC Arena, and even when they launched, the presentation style was identical to that of the BBC channels.