About UTV

History

1958
  • Ulster Television is appointed by the Independent Television Authority as Programme ` Contractor for Northern Ireland
1959
  • Ulster Television goes ‘on air’ on 31 October: Sir Lawrence Olivier delivers the first official broadcast
1984
  • The company goes public and is listed on the London Stock Exchange on 17 September
1993
  • Ulster Television is re-branded on screen as UTV
2000
  • UTV acquires Direct Net Access in March for £4.25m and re-launches as UTV Internet
2001
  • UTV acquires Cork radio stations 96FM and C103 in April for €44.357m
2002
  • UTV acquires Limerick's Live95FM in June for €17.5m
  • UTV acquires Dublin’s Lite FM in December for €17m (renamed Q102 in 2004)
2005
  • UTV acquires Louth/Meath's LMFM for €10.8m in February
  • UTV acquires The Wireless Group (TWG) for £97m in June comprising talkSPORT, the UK's number one commercial speech radio station, 16 local radio stations and stakes in 5 of the UK's digital radio multiplexes
  • UTV acquires 50% of London-based First Radio Sales in September
  • UTV acquires Liverpool’s Juice FM in September
  • In March, Ofcom awards the FM radio licence for Greater Belfast to UTV and new station, U105 goes on air on 14 November
2008
  • UTV acquires Tibus in February, the leading all-Ireland web development company for £4m
  • UTV acquires FM104 in April, the leading commercial radio station in Dublin for €55m
2009
  • UTV acquires online jobs portal, Recruit NI, in January
  • UTV Media (GB) acquires the high quality Sport magazine in May
  • UTV launches online cars portal, UTV Drive, in September
2010
  • In June, UTV acquires 50% of PropertyPal, one of NI’s leading online property websites
2012
  • UTV acquires three GB radio licences for Telford, Shropshire and Kidderminster in February and merges them with The Wolf to create new station Signal 107
  • UTV launches its new website u.tv with significantly increased programme content
  • UTV signs new television network arrangements with ITV plc in March
  • UTV acquires Dublin-based social media agency, Simply Zesty, in March for £1.7m
  • talkSPORT launches new worldwide service in August broadcasting commentary to every Premier League game in multiple languages available globally
2013
  • UTV merges its digital agencies Tibus and Simply Zesty under Simply Zesty in January
  • UTV Internet changes its name to UTV Connect in January
  • UTV announces plans to launch a new TV channel in Republic of Ireland in November
2014
  • UTV’s regional Channel 3 broadcasting licence is renewed by Ofcom for 10 years starting 1 January 2015
  • UTV Ireland signs a 10 year content contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to start broadcasting on 1 January 2015
  • UTV restructures its divisions into Radio GB, Radio Ireland and Television. Simply Zesty and Tibus move into Television, UTV Connect customer bases sold to Rainbow Communications and Vodafone Ireland and UTV divests of its online portals
  • UTV is awarded a licence to launch talkSPORT 540AM in South Africa with its joint venture partners in April

Contact UTV

UTV Media plc
Ormeau Road
Belfast
BT7 1EB
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9032 8122
Fax: +44 (0) 28 9024 6695

Communications

Tel:+44 (0) 28 9026 2129
email: info@u.tv

Investors

Tel:+44 (0) 28 9026 2220
email: investors@u.tv

Careers

Tel:+44 (0) 28 9026 2177
Fax:+44 (0) 28 9024 3869