UKTV Gets Carriage for Another DTT Channel

The joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive will use the extra slot to air Dave Ja Vu, a catch up service for comedy channel Dave.

LONDON – UKTV, the multi-channel network operator owned by BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, has inked a deal to take a fourth Digital Terrestrial Television channel slot.

The broadcaster and program maker said Dave Ja Vu, a catch up service for entertainment channel Dave, will hold Freeview channel 25 for a limited time from January 2013 while UKTV "firms up permanent plans for the channel 25 slot."

Dave Ja Vu’s parent channel Dave, known for its comedy content, has aired its own original commission Red Dwarf X, this year.

A fresh run of shows of the cult comedy starring Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John Jules and Robert Llewellyn, became the network’s highest rating program of the year, drawing in 2.1 million viewers for the science fiction sitcom.

UKTV said Dave Ja Vu will go live on its new birth "early next year."