International BBC television channels


International BBC television channels

The BBC is forbidden under its charter to directly undertake any commercial operations on-air within the United Kingdom, however no such restriction applies to operations in other countries. Therefore the BBC exploits its massive television archive by operating a number of commercial television channels outside the UK through its BBC Worldwide subsidiary.

Some channels are wholly owned by BBC Worldwide, others are operated as joint ventures with other broadcasters.

Wholly owned channels

*BBC Arabic Television - Arabic television available in North Africa and Middle East
*BBC America - entertainment channel available in US
*BBC Canada - entertainment channel available in Canada
*BBC Prime - entertainment channel available in Europe, Africa and Middle East
*BBC Knowledge - educational & information channel (not related to the UK-only BBC Knowledge which has been replaced)
*BBC Entertainment - entertainment channel available in Asia and Poland
*BBC Food - Southern Africa/Scandinavia
*BBC Kids - children's education & entertainment channel available in Canada
*BBC Lifestyle
*CBeebies
*CBBC Channel
BBC Japan, an entertainment channel available in Japan ceased broadcasting in 2006, owing to the closure of its local distributor.

BBC International News Channel

BBC World News - an International news channel from BBC available in Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and America. Not available in the UK.

Markets

In October 2006, BBC Entertainment replaced BBC Prime in Asian markets, and will replace it in other territories during 2007. Other channels planned will include BBC Knowledge and BBC Lifestyle

Joint ventures

With Alliance Atlantis

In Canada, channels are required by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to have a certain quota of original Canadian content. The following BBC channels are operated in conjunction with Alliance Atlantis.

*BBC Canada - entertainment channel available in Canada
*BBC Kids - children's channel available in Canada

With Discovery Channel

The following BBC channels are operated in conjunction with Discovery Channel.

*Animal Planet - Natural History documentaries (also available in the UK)
*People+Arts - Lifestyle and reality programming broadcast in Latin America, Spain and Portugal

With Foxtel and RTL

BBC Worldwide operates the following channels, formerly in a 20% joint venture with Foxtel (60%) and RTL (20%), but as of July 1st, 2008, in a 100% ownership capacity [ [http://www.foxtel.com.au/236_6981.htm Foxtel and BBC Worldwide Announce Strategic Partnership] ] [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/bbcworldwide/worldwidestories/pressreleases/2008/06_june/uk.tv_acquisition.shtml BBC Worldwide Announces UK.TV Acquisition and New Channels in Australia] ] :

*UK.TV - General Entertainment channel in Australia and New Zealand.

Other

BBC Worldwide also operate the UKTV network in the United Kingdom and Ireland with Virgin Media Television

References

External links

* [http://www.bbcworldwide.com/aboutus/corpinfo/annualreps/review2005/bus_channels_01.htm TV Channels from BBC Worldwide's 2005 annual report]


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