BBC inks news deal with Comcast

World News web to be rolled out in U.S.

LONDON — The BBC has concluded a deal with Comcast to further roll out its World News web in the U.S.

The 24-hour news channel will be available via Comcast’s Xfinity TV cable service in Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Portland, plus Northern California, Michigan and Western New England by the end of the year.

The rollout will be extended to other Comcast markets next year.

BBC World News is already carried by Cablevision and Verizon in the U.S.

The Comcast pact more than doubles the news web’s U.S. distribution.

The corp. said it expects BBC World News to be in almost 15 million U.S. homes by the end of 2012.

In addition to news, the web runs docus, lifestyle programs and interviews.

A regular is daily newscast, BBC World News America, anchored by Katty Kay.

BBC’s director of Global News, Peter Horrocks, hailed the agreement as “one of the most important breakthroughs for the BBC’s international commercial news channel, as it extends its global footprint. ”

He added: “This deal represents huge progress for BBC World News in the most competitive television market place in the world.”

BBC World News airs in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

No financial details of the deal were revealed.