Discovery Networks UK

Discovery Networks UK
Cable television, Digital television
Founded 1989
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Number of locations
Amsterdam, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm and Warsaw
Parent Discovery Communications

Discovery Networks UK was a branch of Discovery Networks responsible for overseeing Discovery Networks Europe's channels in the United Kingdom and in the Republic of Ireland. As of autumn 2011, Discovery Networks UK is now operated by Discovery Networks Western Europe.[1]

Discovery Networks UK started out with the launch of the Discovery Channel in Europe in 1989 and was for a long time a part of Discovery Networks Europe (DNE). In early 2007, DNE was split into two separate branches, Discovery Networks UK and Discovery Network EMEA, both headquartered in London.[2] As of 2011 Discovery Networks Europe has merged its operations in the UK, Nordic region and other parts of Western Europe to form Discovery Networks Western Europe.[1]

In the UK the Discovery Channel has been the number one factual channel throughout its 20-year history. It has a 47 percent share of the PAYTV factual market (Source BARB/TechEdge).

Current operations

In 2007, Discovery Networks Europe decided to localize its networks across Europe. This resulted in the establishment of Discovery Discovery Networks Deutschland, Discovery Networks Benelux, Discovery Networks Nordic, Discovery Networks UK and Discovery Networks Italia and Discovery Networks EMEA (which served all other territories).[2][3] As of 2011, operations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, France and Flanders are operated by Discovery Networks Western Europe.[1][1] All other operations in Europe are operated by Discovery Networks CEEMEA in Warsaw.[4]







This chart shows how the channels have developed over the years.












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  3. "Paxton steps down as Discovery splits". Broadcast. January 23, 2007.
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  8. "Three new channels for Sky viewers". The Airwaves. August 22, 2005. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011.
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  11. "Discovery to launch dedicated history channel". Media Week. 7 October 2010.
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