BBC makes big move Down Under

Network signs deal with Australia's Foxtel

SYDNEY — Blighty pubcaster the BBC has signed a long-term content deal with Australian paybox Foxtel.

Deal will see a huge amount of new Beeb material available to Oz auds. BBC content is already popular on Aussie pubcaster the ABC, its primary free-to-air home.

The landmark agreement will also see the Beeb  roll out two channels in Oz, with tyke net CBeebies and BBC Knowledge joining the BBC HD channel that launched recently.

BBC Worldwide will also take over Foxtel channel UKTV, currently the main outlet for Beeb product on the feevee, by buying out its partners Foxtel (60%) and FremantleMedia (20%). The Beeb holds the remaining 20%.

“British programming is extremely popular with Australian audiences, and this agreement will provide our subscribers with access to the best of BBC Worldwide’s outstanding portfolio of global channels and extensive catalog of exceptional quality programming,” said Foxtel topper Kim Williams.

BBC Worldwide Channels topper Darren Childs said: “Having five channels will allow us to showcase the breadth and depth of BBC programs, in many cases for the first time, to Australian audiences.”

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