News UK is to launch a new TV channel in 2022.
talkTV will be streamed live and made widely available on all platforms including linear TV and OTT. According to the company, everyone in the UK will be able to access the channel, live or on-demand, either on their television or on any personal device.
The new channel will offer a mix of programming including hourly news bulletins, sports and entertainment shows as well as current affairs, debate, opinion and documentaries.
New format shows will be introduced using talent from the company’s brands – talkRADIO, talkSPORT, Virgin Radio, Times Radio, The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times.
News UK says ithas invested in new TV studios at its HQ in the News Building in London Bridge. Scott Taunton will lead the launch of talkTV following his recent appointment as CEO, News UK Broadcasting.
“talkTV will provide a rich mix of entertaining and informative shows that no other service provides,” he said.
“News UK’s brands already engage millions of people through print, digital and audio and we are using those brands to create video programming. We have some of media’s biggest names on our radio stations and in our newspapers, as well as some of the most articulate thought-leaders who reflect many different viewpoints. Some of the most talented people in news, sports and entertainment journalism will be taking part as contributors or creating original content for talkTV.”
The channel has already soft launched on connected TV platforms and is streamed live through the talkRADIO TV app. It is available on Samsung TV Plus, Apple TV, Rakuten, Samsung TV Plus, Roku, YouTube and on Amazon Fire TV. There is a free talkRADIO TV app and a livestream on talkRADIO.tv.