UKTV channels restored to Virgin Media after row over fees

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UKTV channels will be restored to Virgin Media customers following a row over fees.

Dave and Gold were among channels that were unavailable to Virgin Media viewers after UKTV ended its partnership with the TV provider over demands for price cuts.

Virgin customers also lost channels including W, Alibi, Drama, Really, Yesterday, Eden, Home and Good Food during the dispute.

Under a new deal, Virgin claims it will give its customers five times more on-demand programming than before and will keep channels added to bundles when UKTV’s channels were removed in July.

Virgin TV Mix customers will now also receive Dave HD and Gold HD for the first time.

David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at Virgin Media, said: “Reaching this agreement reaffirms our longstanding partnership with UKTV and is fantastic news for our customers.

“We are sorry for what we know has been a frustrating time for our customers, but are pleased that our TV bundles are now even bigger. Our unwavering commitment to investing in incredible programming remains.”

Simon Michaelides, chief commercial officer at UKTV, added: “Viewers are at the heart of UKTV and we want to thank them for all of their support.

“We know this has created real disruption for some of our viewers and we’re so sorry for this, but we are thrilled to be back, broadcasting our channels and shows to customers of Virgin Media once more.”

As well as thanking viewers for their support, UKTV said in a message posted on Twitter: “Thank you also to Virgin Media with whom we’ve agreed to kiss and make-up”.



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