BBC Entertainment launches in Indonesia for the first time

Indonesia is a very important part of BBC Worldwide’s growth strategy in Asia, and we are very pleased to be working with Biznet to launch our channels on their new platform.”Mark Whitehead, SVP and GM, BBC Worldwide Channels, Asia
Date: 07.12.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.58
Category: BBC Worldwide
Together with BBC World News and BBC Lifestyle, the three channels will launch on Indonesia’s newest pay TV platform.

BBC Worldwide Channels today announced the launch of three of the BBC’s branded channels, BBC Entertainment, BBC World News and BBC Lifestyle, on newly launched pay TV platform in Indonesia, max3.

max3 is the retail brand of Biznet Networks, a leading telecommunication and multimedia operator in Indonesia whose services currently include unlimited broadband internet service and pay TV services. 

With the debut of BBC Entertainment in Indonesia, the full suite of BBC’s channels will now be available in the country.

“Indonesia is a very important part of BBC Worldwide’s growth strategy in Asia, and we are very pleased to be working with Biznet to launch our channels on their new platform,” commented Mark Whitehead, SVP and GM of BBC Worldwide Channels. Asia. “We are confident that the high quality and award winning programmes on BBC Entertainment, together with BBC World News and BBC Lifestyle will be popular with max3’s viewers.”

“2012 has been a year of tremendous growth for BBC World News. The channel surpassed the 300 million household figure in May, and several international news events of the year allowed BBC World News to do what it does best. That Biznet sees the value in carrying us in what is a strategic Asian market does not come as a surprise. We look forward to working with them to build the BBC World News brand in Indonesia, especially as we are about to move into new state-of-the art studios in London,” said Colin Lawrence. Director Distribution, BBC Global New Ltd.

“We are very happy that three of the BBC channels will join us when we launch our platform,” said Adi Kusma, President Director of Biznet Networks. “We are confident that high quality content is a key factor in driving our subscription growth. We are confident that BBC World News, BBC Lifestyle and BBC Entertainment will make max3’s offerings even stronger and more sought after by our subscribers.”

About the channels

BBC Entertainment showcases the best comedy, drama and light entertainment from the BBC and other UK production houses. 

In December, BBC Entertainment captures the spirit of the holiday season as it presents a marathon of classics by Charles Dickens, one of the best known English novelists of the Victorian period.  Viewers will be able to catch Dickens’ classics Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and Bleak Old Shop of Stuff between Christmas eve and Christmas day on BBC Entertainment.

Great Expectations, considered one of Charles Dickens’ greatest works, is a timeless story where love and gratitude are faced with vindictiveness and guilt. This three-part 2011 adaptation by the BBC stars Ray Winstone, Gillian Anderson and Douglas Booth.  The two-part BBC adaptation of Oliver Twist is a gripping and emotionally powerful adaptation of Dickens’ second novel, retold by one of British television’s most exciting writers, Sarah Phleps; and The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, is a comedy adventure set in the world of Jedrington Secret-Past, upstanding family man and owner of The Old Shop of Stuff where he sells a plethora of miscellaneous odd things.

BBC Entertainment is also home to Doctor Who, the longest running science fiction TV in the world, and the most successful in terms of ratings, DVD book sales, iTunes traffic and downloads.  The channel is the exclusive destination of The Graham Norton Show, which showcases multi-award winning comedy talk-show host, Graham Norton’s trademark comedy monologues, interesting celebrity chats, eccentric stories and characters. The talk show is broadcast just two weeks after its UK telecast.

BBC World News is owned and operated by BBC Global News Ltd, a member of the BBC’s commercial group of companies. The channel broadcasts in English 24 hours a day to provide the core news output for the international news service. It is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and over 350 million households and 1.8 million hotel rooms. The channel's content is also available on 152 cruise ships, 40 airlines and 23 mobile phone networks.

BBC World News provides breaking news, broader news stories, and aims to deliver the best of the BBC’s international news, with analysis that explains not just what is happening, but why. The channel also broadcasts award-winning current affairs series, documentary and lifestyle programming.

BBC World News offers in-depth news coverage across the day, with output now ranging from breaking news to stories spanning areas from business to sport and science to entertainment. Its daily news programmes, GMT, with George Alagiah; Impact, with Mishal Husain; Focus on Africa with Komla Dumor and Sophie Ikenye; and World News Today with Zeinab Badawi, bring reports and analysis geared to regional audiences at peak times around the world.

BBC World News has a suite of business programmes designed to offer in-depth regional perspectives on the world of business. Alongside Business Edition and World Business Report, Asia Business Report, India Business Report and Africa Business Report cover the most important financial, economic and company stories. In addition to news, BBC World News broadcasts its weekly factual strands – the hard-hitting interview programme, HARDtalk; technology programme, Click; and travel programme fast:track. At weekends the channel features a range of lifestyle and documentary programming.

BBC Lifestyle offers inspiration for home, family and life with programmes on home and design, food, fashion and style, to entertain, engage and inspire viewers.

In December, the channel will premiere Rick Stein’s Spain first and exclusively. The series follows the world renowned chef as he cooks for a special Christmas party in London and shares the dishes that have inspired him most and that complement the Spanish love of celebrations.

Best selling cookbook author and presenter, Nigel Slater also shares delicious recipe ideas for the festive period on BBC Lifestyle this December. Viewers will discover how to turn Christmas Day leftovers into mouth-watering meals and get the best out of seasonal vegetables in Nigel Slater’s Christmas Suppers.

BBC Lifestyle is home to Gordon Ramsay’s latest series as well as Grand Designs, where architect, best-selling author and presenter Kevin McCloud follows some of Britain's most ambitious self-building projects, as intrepid individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams

BBC Entertainment will be available on Channel 309, BBC World News on Channel 210, and BBC Lifestyle on Channel 308 and on max3. The channels went live yesterday evening.


For more information on the channels, please visit


For further information, please contact:  

BBC Worldwide Channels

Jeanne Leong

Communications, BBC Worldwide Channels

Tel: +65 6849 5292 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting  end_of_the_skype_highlighting



BBC World News

Shivani Sundralingam

Communications, BBC World News
Tel: +65 6507 4234



Notes to Editors:

BBC Worldwide Channels is one of five core BBC Worldwide businesses.  Formed in 2005, the business’ diverse portfolio of channel brands provides a global showcase for the best mix of British TV across factual, entertainment, children’s and lifestyle programming. The company is the UK’s leading international broadcaster, operating a network of localised channels that reach over 300 million homes in more than 100 countries around the world.


About max3 and Biznet Networks

max3 is retail brand of Biznet Networks, a leading telecommunication and multimedia operator in Indonesia. At the moment, max3 Internet service (broadband internet) with a bonus of Cable TV service for home users and apartments. For more information max3 service, please visit


Biznet Networks is the leader of fixed-line and multimedia telecommunication provider in Indonesia, providing Network, Internet, Data Center, Cloud Computing and Pay TV service. Established in 2000, Biznet Networks has been providing and operating the latest Fiber Optic network and the biggest Data Center in Indonesia. For more information about Biznet Networks and its services, please visit