BBC Worldwide has announced that the BBC Knowledge and BBC HD channels will be made available for the first time on satellite platform Digiturk from August 13, 2013. The rapidly-expanding channels will join renewed carriage contracts of existing BBC Entertainment and BBC World News, effectively doubling BBC presence available on the provider.
The launch of BBC Knowledge continues the channel’s swift expansion throughout Europe with launches this year in Cyprus, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Marking a milestone in BBC HD’s growth, the channel will now be available on all Turkish pay-TV platforms.
BBC Worldwide Executive Vice President for CEMA, Ian McDonough says “This is terrific news for us, and for viewers. Now, as well as BBC Entertainment and BBC World News, an even wider audience will be able to watch more of our world-class programming. This is yet another big step in our channels portfolio expansion throughout CEMA.”
Digiturk Head of Content, Esra Ozaral says “As the first and leading digital platform of Turkey, we are glad to present BBC HD and BBC Knowledge to Digiturk subscribers. We constantly renew our content and technological infrastructure according to our subscribers’ expectations. BBC HD and BBC Knowledge will certainly provide added value to our platform. We believe both channels will fill a gap in terms of meeting Digiturk audiences’ expectations. BBC HD broadcasts the best BBC content with Turkish subtitle options for all types of audiences. More than a thematic channel broadcasting a specific programme type, BBC HD offers diverse content from movies and TV series to entertainment shows and news, while BBC Knowledge broadcasts high quality cultural shows and documentaries 24 hours a day.”