Former Discovery Channel UK boss David Abraham has been named as the new chief executive of UKTV. He will take-up the role at the BBC Worldwide–Virgin Media Television joint venture in April following the retirement of Dick Emery.
43-year old Abraham is joining from Discovery Networks USA where he has been the executive vice president and general manager for TLC and Discovery Home. Before his time with Discovery he was a founding partner and chief operating officer of advertising agency St Lukes, working with the Labour party, Ikea, Eurostar, Clarkes, HSBC, Boots and Sky Digital.
UKTV’s channels are widely distributed on satellite and cable. They include UKTV Gold, UKTV Drama and UKTV Style. When +1 hour channels are included the broadcaster runs 19 broadcast streams.