BARB Welcomes UKTV
British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has joined the board of BARB, the UK organization tasked with compiling audience measurement and television ratings.
UKTV’s executive director of strategy, insight and regulatory affairs Simon Brown has been appointed to BARB’s board of directors.
A commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, UKTV operates 10 channel brands across a range of genres that includes Alibi, Dave, Drama, Eden, Gold, Good Food, Home, Really, W and Yesterday.
BARB reports viewing numbers in the UK up to four weeks after linear broadcast for more than 330 channels. The organization also reports viewing for non-linear programs and dynamically inserted advertising.
Founded in 1981 under the governance of the BBC, ITV and the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, the ownership structure was expanded in 1999 to include Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky, and advertisers have been represented at board level through ISBA since 2008.
Antiques Roadshow hits milestone year
UK pubcaster BBC1 is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its seminal unscripted series Antiques Roadshow.
The docuseries first aired as a pilot on May 17, 1977 with Bruce Parker as presenter and Arthur Negus as antiques expert and will mark its historic year by recording the 40th season 40 years later on May 17, 2017 at the Minehead Railway Station in England.
Presented by Fiona Bruce (pictured), season 40 will see antique appraisers traveling to such iconic venues as Northern Ireland’s Parliament Buildings and Stormont Estate; Floors Castle in Scotland; Cardiff Castle in Wales; the former royal palace, Osborne on the Isle of Wight and the gardens at Nymans in West Sussex.
Additionally, the anniversary season will feature a one-off special recorded at BBC Studios featuring stories and objects from the entertainment world, filmed on the set of EastEnders, with specially invited guests.
Animal Planet gets ruff-and-tumble with Puppy Bowl
Discovery Communications-owned net Animal Planet will return with its three-hour annual Puppy Bowl special next month.
The network partnered with 34 rescue shelters from across 22 U.S. states to decorate Team Ruff and Team Fluff with 78 adoptable puppies as they compete for the inaugural Petco Lombarky Trophy in Puppy Bowl XIII before finding their adoptive homes.
For the first time, the one-off event will broadcast simultaneously on both coasts when it premieres on Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. ET/PT with the Puppy Bowl Pre-Game Show before kicking off with Puppy Bowl XIII at 3 p.m. ET/PT.
Additionally, a special one-hour premiere of Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson will debut directly following the Puppy Bowl at 5 p.m. ET/PT.