Singapore – MediaCorp has launched its new Free-To-Air TV channel okto, which will begin transmission on October 19. The channel will be carried on channel 8 on both StarHub Digital Cable TV and SingTel mio. okto will telecast from 9 am to 12 midnight daily and offers 105 hours of programming each week. Predominantly an English channel with selected programmes broadcast in the language of the country of origin, okto will also retain the essence and strength of Kids and Arts Central’s programming. With the increased hours, the channel will broaden the scope of these 2 channels by including more engaging content for viewers. Lim Suat Jien, managing director of TV12 says, “We are very pleased to be able to revamp and relaunch Central in the form of okto. okto is part of our strategy to cater to our viewers as they grow with us. With our new programming, we will continue to strengthen our connections with the kids and arts communities.”