CNBC will be available on the UK's aptly named Freesat.

Posted: 23 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"Business and financial news channel CNBC is to launch on the subscription-free satellite platform Freesat next Tuesday as part of a free-to-air strategy to widen its distribution. ... CNBC has been available on Sky, Virgin and TalkTalk since January and the addition of Freesat means the channel will now be distributed to 12 million UK households. The company said it has no plans at present to launch on Freeview. Mick Buckley, president and chief executive EMEA [Europe, Middle East, Africa] of CNBC, said the decision to become a free-to-air channel in the UK, is part of CNBC's strategy to 'aggressively grow' its distribution across EMEA in 2010." Maisie McCabe, mediaweek.co.uk, 19 February 2010. The CNBC schedule for Europe shows mostly business programming, but "Poker" (similar to trading, I guess) is available Saturday and Sunday 0100-0400. And "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" (that's what it says) Saturday 2100-2230.