Scripps Interactive has completed the acquisition of Virgin Media’s stake in UKTV.
In completing the acquisition, Scripps Networks Interactive has acquired a 50 per cent common equity interest in the UKTV partnership and the outstanding preferred stock and debt owed by the partnership to Virgin Media. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm and wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), is the other 50-percent stakeholder in UKTV.
Formed in 1997, UKTV attracts about 39 million viewers a month across its portfolio of 10 lifestyle, entertainment and non-fiction (factual) programming channels. UKTV brands include Home, Good Food, Dave, Watch, GOLD, Alibi, Eden, Blighty, Yesterday and Really. UKTV also operates complementary websites for each channel brand.