News Corp. TV arm buys Finland's Suomi TV
LONDON — News Corp.’s Fox Intl. Channels has acquired Finnish free-to-air family entertainment channel Suomi TV, as part of its drive to expand in the Nordic region.FIC will add the channel to its bouquet of 18 entertainment and factual channels, anchored by the Fox and National Geographic brands that are already available in the region. “Suomi TV represents a new step in our strategy of expanding with dedicated local resources and talent,” Jesus Perezagua, FIC Europe prexy, said. Ase Ytreland, managing director of FIC for the Nordic and Baltic regions, said that Fox and NatGeo shows, including “Mega Factories,” “Shark Men,” “Banged Up Abroad” and “Jurassic CSI,” would be incorporated into Suomi’s skeds alongside its original programming. Launched in December 2009, Suomi can be received through terrestrial or cable networks by 99.9 % of Finnish households. FIC has bases in Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway; and Tallinn, Estonia.