BBC World News (the 24/7 TV channel) gets US distribution boost with Time Warner deal.

Posted: 28 Dec 2012   Print   Send a link
Multichannel News, 28 Dec 2012, Topod Spangler: "Under a distribution deal announced earlier this month, Time Warner Cable has added BBC World News for 10 million households across its footprint, expanding the reach of the 24-hour global news channel to 25 million U.S. homes. Time Warner Cable has added BBC World News to the digital basic package in most systems, including in New York City and Los Angeles. ... In the U.S., BBC World News also is available through distributors including Comcast, Cablevision Systems and Verizon FiOS. ... The BBC said it is investing in new programs and facilities, and plans to launch new studios for BBC World News in January 2013 at the company’s new building in central London."

BBC The Editors blog, 14 Dec 2012, Richard Porter, controller of English at BBC Global News: "Until now ... viewers in the world's biggest TV market, the US, have found it hard to access BBC reporting ... . The market is saturated with TV channels, but for the past couple of years we've been very focused on securing widespread carriage on the distribution systems which bring TV into most homes. ... The BBC is already well-known in America through its partnerships with public radio, through the success of our website BBC.com/news, and because of our nightly broadcast on public television fronted by Katty Kay. We believe our brand of high-quality, intelligent and non-partisan journalism has something to offer US audiences, and we're determined to make access to our services as simple as possible. The timing could not be better. We're just a few weeks away from the first broadcasts of BBC World News from our brand new headquarters in central London. Three new studios, a big investment in production and journalism, and working more closely with BBC journalists working in English and 27 other languages - it's more than just a new home, it's a new start." See also BBC World News press release, 14 Dec 2012.

New York Times, Media Decoder, 27 Dec 2012, Brian Stelter: "The deals with Comcast and Time Warner Cable are crucial because they are the two biggest cable providers in the country, and where they lead, others tend to follow. But it’s an uphill climb, nonetheless, since providers are generally reluctant to add new channels to their lineups. One of the BBC’s competitors, Al Jazeera English, has been on a similar campaign for cable carriage in the United States, with less to show for it. In the United States, BBC World News seems to be positioning itself as an alternative to Fox News, MSNBC and CNN." -- The headline to this NYT item mistakenly identified the channel as "BBC World Service." BBC World Service is on radio, BBC World News is the 24/7 English international news channel.

Media Bistro, 27 Dec 2012, Alex Weprin: "A year ago we asked you, our dear readers, to predict what would happen in the world of TV news in 2012. ... Which of the following international news channels will gain the most distribution in the U.S. in 2012? BBC World News 41.43%. Al Jazeera English 39.14%. CNN International 19.43%. You were right about this one, with its big deal with Time Warner Cable this month, BBC World News gained far more distribution than either AJE or CNNI."

BBC World News press release, 11 Dec 2012: "BBC World News today announced Changing Fortunes, a new six-part series that will challenge assumptions about patterns of wealth in the early 21st century. ... Changing Fortunes takes a contemporary look at the new generation of wealthy men and women that have emerged in the last two decades. The fall of the Soviet Union, the liberalization of India and the opening of China have brought vast new markets into the global economy. The resulting commodities boom has created an explosion of wealth from Brazil to Africa. And the internet and technology continue to generate new fortunes."