Leave or remain: UK-licensed broadcasters weigh up Brexit options

January 30, 2019  | Subscribers Only

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  • Of the 1,039 cable and satellite TV channels licensed by UK regulator Ofcom, 700 target other countries
  • If the UK leaves the EU at the end of March, channels targeting other EU countries will require new licenses
  • IHS Markit estimates that 401 channels operated by major groups like Discovery and NENT would be affected
  • Over 100 channels with a UK and Republic of Ireland footprint would require relicensing
  • Licences for some channels have already moved to other countries including the Germany, the Netherlands and Czech Republic
  • However, there has so far been no sign of a dash to exit the UK

List of tables and charts:

  • Cable and satellite channels licensed by Ofcom (January 2019)
  • UK-licensed channels of leading international channel groups
  • UK-licensed channels of international channel groups by target market
  • Key channel brands, leading international channel groups
  • Major European channel brands by distribution (millions, end 2018)

Number of pages: 9

Number of tables and charts: 5

Tim Westcott

Director, Research and Analysis, Programming

Tim Westcott is a director of research and analysis for Programming at Omdia.

Aled Evans

Senior Research Analyst, Channels & Programming

Aled Evans is a senior research analyst who covers television, sVOD channels, and programming across international markets.

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