BBC World News Launches on Xfinity TV in Washington D.C. market

Date: 19.01.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.59
Category: BBC World News
The BBC today announced that BBC World News, the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel, is now available to Xfinity TV customers in the Washington, D.C. market.

The network has been added to Comcast’s Digital Preferred Xfinity TV package and can be found on channel 171.

This announcement follows the launch of the network last month on Xfinity TV in Comcast systems in Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Portland, as well as across Northern California, Michigan and Western New England. 

BBC World News broadcasts in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide and has access to more than 70 international news-gathering bureaux globally.  Broadcast 24-hours a day, the channel brings U.S. audiences news, documentaries, lifestyle programs and interviews, plus the award-winning daily newscast, BBC World News America, anchored by Katty Kay, from the BBC's studio in Washington, D.C.

Richard Porter, Controller English, BBC Global News, said, "Today’s announcement is another major step forward for us in the most competitive television marketplace in the world. It provides further evidence that U.S. audiences are increasingly hungry for the BBC’s independent and impartial international news.

"BBC World News offers audiences a smart and un-spun perspective on world events. We will bring Comcast viewers in the Washington, D.C. area the best of BBC journalism, providing trusted information and in-depth global analysis.” 

Last year, BBC World News’ dedicated U.S. newscast BBC World News America was awarded a News and Documentary Emmy ® Award in the “Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast” category for “Inside the North Korean Bubble.”  Other notable award wins include two Peabody Awards, a Business & Financial Emmy, an Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award, and two RTCA David Bloom Awards.

Notes to Editors

BBC Global News includes BBC World Service, BBC World News television, (the BBC’s international-facing online news site) and BBC Monitoring.

The BBC attracts a weekly global audience of 225 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and

BBC World News, the BBC's commercially funded international 24-hour news and information channel, is owned and operated by BBC World 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 300 million households and 1.8 million hotel rooms. The channel's content is also available on 140 cruise ships, 40 airlines, 23 mobile phone networks and a number of major online platforms including  For further information on how to receive BBC World News, download schedules or find out more about the channel, visit