- International BBC television channels
BBCis 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 Worldwidesubsidiary.
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 Knowledgewhich 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
CBBC Channel BBC Japan, an entertainment channel available in Japanceased broadcasting in 2006, owing to the closure of its local distributor. BBCInternational 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.
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
With Alliance Atlantis
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
Animal Planet- Natural History documentaries (also available in the UK)
People+Arts- Lifestyle and reality programming broadcast in Latin America, Spainand 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 Australiaand New Zealand.
BBC Worldwide also operate the
UKTVnetwork in the United Kingdomand Ireland with Virgin Media Television
* [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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