Ariadne Capital invests in UK broadcaster Made TV

Made Television has received 3.5 million pounds in funding from Ariadne Capital. Made TV is a UK broadcaster.


Ariadne Capital, Europe’s pioneer in backing digital entrepreneurs whose team and CEO, Julie Meyer has backed explosive growth firms like Skype and Monitise, and advised major corporates, including IBM, Santander and PaddyPower, has completed a £3.5 million funding round for Made Television, which holds the most City TV licences in the UK. The company has licences for Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Tyne & Wear.

Led by City TV pioneer Jamie Conway, and chaired by former BSkyB executive and Top Up TV co-founder Ian West, Made Television has found a solution to the challenge facing most City TV broadcasters. By having broader reach and shared fixed costs, Made Television allows for a fundamentally profitable business model even with a niche audience while delivering high-quality content and ultimately providing the leading platform for local communities, businesses and institutions to engage.

Stuart Poyser, Director of Corporate Finance & M&A Advisory Ariadne Capital, said: “Made TV’s scalable business structure, its revenue model based on new-to-tv money together with the government’s support for local free TV and the relaxation of restrictions around advertising, presented a unique investment opportunity for us and our investment partners”.

The high-growth potential for City TV broadcasting is further being supported by several fundamental trends. With almost eighty five percent of TV being watched live1 just having a licence and prominent electronic programming guide positioning (Channel 8 on Freeview, 117 on Sky and 159 on Virgin) guarantee a base level of audience. In addition, local radio’s current strong momentum presents a strong argument for the prospects of a shift towards local TV advertising, assuming there is a cost efficient business model in place.

As part of the ambitious plans to launch bespoke services across the UK, Made Television has joined forces with Megahertz, the broadcast systems integration specialists and the agreement sees Megahertz designing and implementing complete production, news and production units for five new stations, together with a centralised playout facility.

Made Television will be working closely with other broadcasters and content creators, including the BBC which will be a purchaser of the news in those cities to supplement their own regional programming.

Ariadne Capital is an investment firm founded in 2000 by Julie Meyer which has a portfolio of digital technology investments in retail financial services and media. It is backed by leading entrepreneurs and pioneered the ‘Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs’ model of financing entrepreneurship syndicating more than £350 million of investments over the past 14 years.
Made Television is the UK’s largest holder of City TV broadcasting licenses. Its channels in Bristol and Cardiff are on air, with Leeds, Middlesbrough and Tyne & Wear launching shortly. Made Television is bringing fun, informative, programming to communities with a strong local identity, and will provide a full suite of complementary digital and mobile properties. Founded in 2012, Made Television was awarded the 5 TV licenses by OfCom, with its first channels launching in October 2014.