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UKTV extends Yesterday Freeview hours

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UKTV has announced that the Yesterday channel will extend its broadcast hours on Freeview next month to mirror its availability on satellite and cable.

From June 1, the factual channel will increase its transmission hours on the digital terrestrial television platform following a deal with Arqiva.

In 2008, Yesterday's daily airtime on Freeview was reduced to just 12 hours. However, viewers on the platform subsequently called for the channel to be extended to match its full schedule on Virgin Media and Sky.

"In 2008 Yesterday's hours on Freeview were reduced to 12 hours. Our Freeview viewers have regularly told us that they want a full service back," said UKTV executive director Keith Porritt.

"So we're delighted to be able to restore Yesterday as a full channel to the platform and extend access to our new programmes which reflect on such an important period of our recent history."

The transmission change will mean that Freeview viewers can catch up on the channel's Spirit Of The 1940s season, including Ration Book Britain, Dunkirk: The Forgotten Heroes and The Royals at War.

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