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UKTV announces new-look management team

UKTV has shaken up its executive leadership team, following the separation of BBC Studios’ and Discovery’s joint interest in the company, which sees BBC Studios take full ownership of UKTV. Marcus Arthur, president of BBC Studios UK & Ireland is UKTV’s new CEO, replacing Darren Childs who announced his departure earlier this year. Suzanne Burrows, […]

Doctor Who and Antiques Roadshow channels land on Pluto TV

Following the signing of a distribution deal with the BBC earlier this year, Viacom’s Pluto TV has announced the launch of two new popup channels. The first is dedicated to classic episodes of the cult sci-fi series Doctor Who, while the second channel is solely dedicated to Antiques Roadshow. Both channels are for the US […]

BBC Studios strikes deal for content on Cosmote TV

BBC Studios has struck a deal with Deutsche Telekom-backed Greek telco OTE’s pay TV platform Cosmote TV today that will see it license over 250 hours of premium factual titles from BBC Studios for the Greek service’s on demand offering. The deal is designed to complement the schedule for the BBC Earth linear channel which […]

BBC Studios looks to Netherlands in no-deal Brexit plan

BBC Studios is looking to migrate a chunk of its broadcast licenses to the Netherlands ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit scenario. The commercial arm of the corporation is making the move in order to continue transmitting across the European Union if the UK leaves without a deal in place. The licenses in question are […]

BBC Studios takes boxsets to Sky and Now TV

Sky and BBC Studios have struck a deal to bring a list of BBC comedy and drama box sets to Sky and Now TV. From April, Sky subscribers will be able to binge on “hundreds of hours” of BBC content including classic series such as The Vicar of Dibley, Only Fools and Horses, The Royle […]

BBC Studios launches BBC Earth strand with China’s BesTV

BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial arm, is launching a new BBC Earth branded space with Chinese IPTV provider BesTV in China, bringing BBC Earth content to more than 46 million of the latter’s subscribers across the country. BesTV is China’s IPTV service covers 31 cities in China. The outfit is a subsidiary of the Shanghai […]

BBC First to launch in Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia

BBC Studios’ premium drama channel, BBC First, is due to launch in Croatia, Slovenia, and Macedonia for the first time from April 1, 2019. BBC First will be available via A1 Telekom Austria Group’s subsidiaries A1 Croatia, A1 Slovenia and one.VIP in Macedonia. Viewers can tune-in through A1’s pay TV and Xplore TV over-the-top services […]

BritBox doubles subscriber numbers

BritBox, the North American subscription video-on-demand service from BBC Studios and ITV, has doubled its user numbers year-on-year to reach half a million subscribers. BritBox launched in the US in March 2017 and in Canada in February 2018 and claims to host the largest collection of British streaming content in both countries. The service has […]

BBC’s distribution is going through ‘radical change’

BBC Studios CEO Tim Davie said that the company’s distribution business is going through a “radical change” during a MIPCOM keynote, where he explained the decision behind bringing the BBC’s production and distribution arm together earlier this year. Davie noted during the conference that the aim of the merger is to bring British, high-end, editorialised […]

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