The BBC is finally changing its set of BBC channels on MultiChoice’s DStv pay-TV platform to update it to the rest of the world.
At the beginning of the month BBC Worldwide told Channel24 in response to a media enquiry there isn’t a date yet for when the BBC channels will be changing, but is now saying the channels will change at the end of this month.
BBC Entertainment and BBC Knowledge on MultiChoice’s DStv in Africa is ending.
BBC Knowledge is being changed to BBC Earth on channel 184. BBC Earth, still a documentary channel, will be upgraded to a high definition (HD) channel and will become available on 1 September.
BBC First, will launch on DStv on 18 October on channel 119 for DStv Premium subscribers. BBC First will show original British drama series – a new version of BBC Entertainment.
BBC Lifestyle and Cbeebies, the kids’ channel, will remain unchanged.
BBC Brit which will launch on 1 September on channel 120 on DStv, is a new channel targeting men, a factual entertainment channel which will carry shows like Top Gear.
“BBC Brit, BBC Earth and BBC First bring together some of the world’s biggest names and best programme-makers in three brilliantly curated, high-quality channel brands,” says Paul Dempsey, the president for global markets at BBC Worldwide.
“These channels capture what’s special about British TV and our South African launch marks an important step in the company’s global strategy as we continue to inspire audiences with distinctive, premium programming.”
“Our African viewers clearly have a deep affection for BBC programming,and as a leading content distributor, we will continue to deliver high-quality, premium content to our channels for many years to come,” says Joel Churcher, the general manager and vice president for Africa at BBC Worldwide.
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