The company responsible for managing both Freeview and Freesat TV platforms has relaunched under the new name of ‘Everyone TV’.
Formerly known as Digital UK, the company oversees technical and regulatory aspects of the UK’s free-to-air digital terrestrial and digital satellite platforms. It’s owned by all of the UK’s main national public broadcasters.
Digital UK was originally set up to manage and deliver the digital switchover from analogue TV signals to digital terrestrial television (DTT), more commonly known as Freeview. After switchover, it combined with DMOL (Digital Multiplex Operators Limited).
In late 2021, Digital UK merged with Freesat and Channel 5 joined as a member. With the addition of Channel 5 alongside the UK’s other national public service broadcasters and the UK’s two free-to-view TV services now under the leadership of one organisation, Digital UK changed its name to better reflect its mission – to champion free TV for all.
The organisation is expected to lead on free-to-air TV’s migration from digital terrestrial and satellite TV to online platforms.
Caroline Thomson, Chair of Digital UK/Everyone TV noted:
“Digital UK has come a long way since it delivered digital switchover over a decade ago. The new name very much reflects the organisation’s changed role in managing all the UK’s free TV services to the benefit of viewers and wider society. With a strong track record of delivering results, a culture built on partnerships and collaboration, and support from public service broadcasters, I’m confident it can continue to serve UK audiences and the wider broadcasting ecosystem.”
As far as viewers are concerned, Freeview and Freesat will continue as separate brands. But behind the scenes, free-to-air broadcasters led by Everyone TV will co-ordinate the future of free-to-air broadcasting in the UK.
This is particularly relevant as both Freeview and Freesat face a long term migration to online broadcasting…
Mobile network operators are eyeing up frequencies used by Freeview beyond 2030. A decision on the future use of current terrestrial TV frequencies is expected later this year at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC).
Meanwhile, the three satellites serving both Sky and Freesat reach the end of their life at the end of the decade. Sky’s agreement with satellite operator SES currently ends in 2028.