LONDON — Satcaster BSkyB has poached the rights to televise the Oscars from the BBC.
The Oscars will return to Sky’s pay TV channels in February, following three years on the BBC, with live coverage of the Hollywood event on the Sky Movies channel.
Sky also will screen extended highlights and other tie-in programming on its general entertainment channel, Sky One.
Sky’s Oscars-related output will include a monthlong season of award-winning features on Sky Movies, coverage of the build-up to the event on Sky News, Hollywood-themed programming on Sky Travel and documentary tie-ins on the Biography Channel.
“Sky is the natural place to see the biggest and most prestigious film event of the year, and we will cover the event in a way no other broadcaster could,” insisted Sky Networks deputy managing director Sophie Turner Laing.
Sky is in the midst of a subscription drive following a downturn in the number of new customers.