Redubs New Zealand's Documentary net BBC Knowledge

LONDON — BBC Worldwide will relaunch New Zealand’s Documentary Channel as BBC Knowledge in March as it continues to roll out its international webs.

BBC Worldwide has bought out local media operator Richard Driver, who launched the channel in 2006, for an undisclosed sum.

“It’s been a difficult decision to decide to sell the channel that I’ve established and cultivated to its present level of success, but I know that BBC Worldwide will only build on its achievements and audiences,” he said.

The male-skewed BBC Knowledge will air shows such as the U.K. version of “The Apprentice” and “Planet Earth” as well as locally produced content. It will join other BBC Worldwide webs, BBC World News and UKTV, on News Corp.’s Sky pay TV platform.

“Creating a tailored factual offering specifically for New Zealand tastes and preferences is at the very core of our content strategy. BBC Knowledge will have local flavor and local relevance,” said Tony Iffland, BBC Worldwide Australia’s general manager.

There are no plans to launch other BBC Worldwide webs in New Zealand in the near future.

BBC Knowledge is already available in a dozen territories.

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