BBC Worldwide exec moves to pay TV network

LONDON — U.K. pay TV channel operator UKTV has tapped Darren Childs, the BBC Worldwide Channels managing director, as its chief exec.

Childs, who will start next month, replaces David Abraham, who ankled in April to become chief exec at pubcaster Channel 4.

UKTV runs 10 channels, including Watch, G.O.L.D, Alibi, Yesterday, Eden, Blighty, Really, Home and Good Food.

Childs, who has been a director of UKTV since 2006, said: “This is an exciting time to lead UKTV. Creating innovative new commercial models made available to broadcasters through the recent evolution in digital delivery and changes in audience demand will add further edge and continue to secure UKTV’s place as the owner and creator of must-have brands for audiences, platforms advertisers and shareholders alike.”

BBC Worldwide jointly owns UKTV with Virgin Media, which recently put its 50% stake on the market for a reported £350 million ($558 million).

BBC Worldwide has first refusal and the right to OK any new owner.

UKTV has also appointed Jan Gooze-Zijl, the Virgin Media finance director, planning, as its chief financial officer.

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