TalkTV losses rise in second year of operation

Losses at the company behind TalkTV ballooned last year as the business launched more programming in its second year of operations.

In newly published accounts the News UK-owned channel said that pre-tax loss had hit £53.7 million in the year to July 2 2023. It was an increase from £34.1 million the year before.

“Losses for the year increased due to the increased programming following the launch of the channel only running for two months in the prior years,” TalkTV owner News UK Broadcasting Limited said.

The announcement came a month after the channel said that it was planning to abandon linear broadcasting and focus on online streaming instead. That itself came weeks after Piers Morgan left his flagship show on the channel.

Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan left his flagship show on the channel (PA)

Separately, sister company Times Media, which publishes the Times and Sunday Times, reported a 16.8% fall in pre-tax profit to £60.9 million.

Turnover increased from £373.4 million to £385.8 million in the same period as the company added 58,000 new digital subscribers to the 500,000 it already had.

And the Sun owner News Group Newspapers, which is also part of News UK, reported a drop in turnover which it blamed in part on the financial year being one week shorter and in part on “structural declines in the print market”.

The Sun owner News Group Newspapers reported a drop in turnover (PA)

This hit both print and digital advertising, the company said, as the Sun UK’s online audience fell by four million to 23.8 million.

News Group Newspapers’ pre-tax loss nearly halved, hitting £65.9 million in the year.

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