BBC World News to debut on Time Warner Cable and will now reach 25 million homes in the US.
BBC AMERICA and BBC World News today announced wider expansion in Time Warner Cable systems for the BBC’s 24-hour global TV news channel BBC World News in the US and increased distribution for BBC AMERICA, the home of acclaimed series Doctor Who, Copper, Luther, Top Gear and the Golden Globe®-nominated series The Hour.
“It’s been a record-breaking year for BBC AMERICA, as our iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who has reached new heights and we’ve created new original programming including Copper, our highest-rated series premiere ever,” says Sandy Ashendorf, EVP Network Distribution, BBC Worldwide America. “We’re excited to expand BBC AMERICA’s partnership with Time Warner Cable and launch BBC World News, which has seen record distribution growth in the past year.”
BBC World News will be added to the digital basic package in most Time Warner Cable systems before the end of December 2012. BBC World News will see increased distribution in several cities; by year-end, BBC World News will be carried in top US markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Seattle. As a result of its expanded relationship with Time Warner Cable and other multichannel operator deals over the past two years, BBC World News will have grown its reach by over 10 million new homes in 2012 and in total, BBC World News will reach 25 million full time homes in the US following the Time Warner Cable launches.
Jim Egan, Chief Operating Officer, GN Ltd said: “I’m delighted to see BBC World News coming to Time Warner Cable - this is another important foothold for our global news channel in the highly competitive US market. We are really pleased by the growing demand in the US for a global news network which is both non-partisan and non-sensational in approach. BBC World News is about serious news; with on the ground reporting and analysis from different parts of the world and a mandate to inform and provide a balanced view. We know that audiences around the world value the channel’s distinctive world view and we are pleased that more US viewers now have access to it.”
Time Warner Cable also will increase BBC AMERICA’s reach and provide further access to the high quality content for which the BBC is known. In January, BBC AMERICA will debut new drama Ripper Street, set in London in the aftermath of Jack the Ripper, and new original series Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan. New episodes of Doctor Who, Copper, Luther, Top Gear, The Graham Norton Show, Being Human, The Thick of It plus new original drama Orphan Black and mini-series Spies of Warsaw have also been announced for 2013.
The past two years have been an important breakthrough period for BBC World News as it continues to expand its distribution. The BBC is investing heavily in new programs and facilities as it seeks to build on recent successes growing audiences and reputation around the world. This will include the launch of new state of the art studios for the channel in January 2013, at the BBC’s new building in central London.
BBC World News has the largest audience of any BBC channel in the world, reaching over 350 million households and broadcasting in over 200 countries and territories worldwide, with access to more than 70 international newsgathering bureaus. Its programming includes the Emmy©-winning daily newscast, BBC World News America, anchored by Katty Kay from the BBC’s studio in Washington DC. Broadcasting 24-hours a day, the channel offers US audiences high-quality global news from the BBC’s network of global correspondents, as well as documentaries and current affairs programming, in an HD format.
Within the US, BBC Global News is one of the leading international multimedia providers of news and current affairs programming across broadcast and digital platforms. Alongside the 24 hour TV news channel BBC World News, more than 500 local public radio stations in the US broadcast BBC World Service content - mainly news and current affairs programming, including the flagship global newscast Newshour. Over the last year increased investment in the digital operation in the BBC’s Washington bureau has seen online journalists work at the heart of the BBC’s north America operation, producing online video and text features which are being used across multiple platforms reaching audiences both in the US and globally. BBC.com/news is the leading non-US news provider within the General News category for North America (source: comscore October 2012).
Devin Johnson, Vice President Publicity - BBC AMERICA, Devin.Johnson@bbc.com, 212 339 1709,
Penny Crook, International Communications - BBC Global News - Americas, Penny.Crook@bbc.co.uk, 212 705 9335
Notes to editors
BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including an Emmy®, five Golden Globes® and ten Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable’s most affluent and educated audiences and is available on cable and satellite TV in more than 80.3 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online, www.bbcamerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist. Find out more by visiting www.press.bbcamerica.com or follow us on www.twitter.com/bbcamerica.
BBC World News and bbc.com/news, the BBC's commercially funded international 24-hour news and information platforms, are owned and operated by BBC Global News Ltd, a member of the BBC’s commercial group of companies. BBC World News 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. For further information on how to receive BBC World News, download schedules or find out more about the channel, visit bbc.com/tvschedule. bbc.com is one of the most respected brands on the internet and the global news content on the site offers up-to-the minute international news and in-depth analysis for PCs, tablets and mobile devices to more than 58 million unique users each month.
Advertising opportunities on BBC World News are available through BBC Advertising, which sells advertising and sponsorship solutions on behalf of BBC Worldwide's commercial portfolio across broadcast, online and mobile platforms globally.
BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, delivering a wide range of language and regional services on radio, TV, online and via wireless handheld devices. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 180 million globally, including shortwave, AM, FM, digital satellite and cable channels. Its news sites include audio and video content and offer opportunities to join the global debate. BBC World Service offers its multilingual radio content to partner FM stations around the world and has numerous partnerships supplying content to news websites, mobile phones and other wireless handheld devices as well as TV channels. For more information, visit bbcworldservice.com. In the US BBC World Service is distributed by American Public Media.
We’re excited to expand BBC AMERICA’s partnership with Time Warner Cable and launch BBC World News, which has seen record distribution growth in the past year."