Ed Vaizey wants more done on diversity, Freeview Play welcomes UKTV and Study reveals most recommended UK channels : DTG Daily News April 7th

Ed Vaizey wants more done on diversity

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey spoke on a Channel 4 News roundtable debate about the state of diversity in the creative industries calling it "completely unacceptable" and that there was still a lot to do.

“I think we have moved a lot on diversity,” he said. “We’ve engaged a lot with the broadcasters—Channel 4, Sky and the BBC. It’s a fair challenge but I do think we are moving the dial on diversity.”

“I think we have made progress but…we have to make a lot more progress. The current position is unacceptable because the arts should reflect the communities that live in Britain today.” he continued.

Diversity was a key part in a DCMS white paper published earlier this year after film producer Uzma Hasan accusing Vaizey as being more "chat" than action"

Freeview Play welcomes UKTV

The latest venture from UKTV will see it's on demand service UKTV Play feature on Freeview Play.

The UKTV Play app will feature on Freeview Play devices when they launch later this year, and will offer catch-up access to programmes including Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama.

Freeview Managing Director, Guy North added: “Since launching Freeview Play last year the service has continued to grow with more broadcasters and manufacturers coming on board. It’s fantastic to be adding UKTV Play to our offering and means we’re bringing viewers even more of the very best television whenever they want it without paying for a subscription.”

Study reveals most recommended UK channels

The latest study by Ampere Analysis reveals the most recommended Uk free and pay-TV channels compared to their counterparts outside of the UK.

Measuring using a Net Promoter Score (NPS) by quantifying loyalty and brand affinity, measuring a viewers propensity to recommend a service to others.

The Facts...

- The BBC performs well, with a strong correlation between the percentage of people that watch its channels and their likelihood to recommend them. In the US, it’s the opposite – national broadcasters are the most watched, but least recommended

- The BBC is the best performing national PSB, with a higher percentage of viewers and higher NPS ratings than all European counterparts. The closest rivals are ARD and ZDF in Germany, and RAI in Italy, while France Televisions and RTVE are far behind.

- British NCBs outperformed their European counterparts with ITV, Channel 4 and Sky in second, third and fourth place respectively across the major European markets.

DTG Staff  |  06.04.2016

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