Channel 5 is to join Digital UK Ltd, alongside BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

Following the acquisition of Freesat in the summer of 2021, Digital UK is responsible for the day-to-day management of both the UK’s leading free-to-view platforms, Freeview and Freesat.

The four public service broadcasters have entered into a new Digital UK members’ agreement, marking the first time that the venture has been wholly owned by all four PSBs.

Earlier this year Digital UK merged with Freesat (UK) Ltd to bring the two free-to-view TV organisations together.

Channel 5 – which is owned by ViacomCBS Inc. – joins Digital UK with immediate effect.

Caroline Thomson, Chair of Digital UK said: “We’re delighted to welcome Channel 5 to Digital UK and thank all our members for their continuing support. The future of free-to-view television is critical to providing all UK viewers with high-quality British content and we look forward to working with all public service broadcasters to develop and deliver continually evolving and compelling free TV services across Freeview and Freesat.”

Sarah Rose, Chief Commercial & Operations Officer, ViacomCBS UK, said: “We’re delighted Channel 5 has joined the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 to help shape the future of free-to-view TV as part of Digital UK. Channel 5 plays a distinctive role in public service broadcasting in the UK and, as part of ViacomCBS can bring a unique perspective to the opportunities that lie ahead.


Jon Creamer

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