Singapore – The BBC and BBC Worldwide has announced the inaugural launch of three of its pay-TV channels in Burma – BBC World News, BBC Entertainment and CBeebies. All three channels including BBC World Service in Asia in English will launch on private broadcaster Forever Group’s pay-TV platform, on  January 1, 2013.

BBC World News is the BBC’s commercially-funded international 24/7 news and information channel. BBC Entertainment shows light British entertainment, drama and comedy while CBeebies is a channel for pre-school children. The launch of these channels and the BBC World Service global English radio will see this programming potentially reach around 250,000 homes in Burma.

“For many years, the BBC has delivered accurate, impartial international radio services to the Burmese people, serving as a vital lifeline service to Aung San Suu Kyi and those across the country. I’m so pleased that the BBC is now able to take the next step forward with the country to offer that same impartial news via television as well. It is a great sign of progress for Burma and I’m honoured for the BBC to play a role in opening the country up to the world,” said Peter Horrocks, Director of Global News.