OSN adds ITV Granada and Motorvision TV to Middle East bouquet
Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 03-11-2011
UK-made entertainment from ITV Granada will join the Motorvision TV high definition (HD) channel as end of year additions to OSN's pay-TV platform, in what will be a regional debut for both channels across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The ITV Granada channel will include drama, comedy and reality talent shows, amid its programme offerings, along with the world's longest running soap Coronation Street. MENA viewers will also be able to see Emmerdale, I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, Popstar to Operastar, and Dancing on Ice among the channel's line up.
Motorvision TV, meanwhile, will cater to motoring enthusiasts across the Arab world, with its English language programming covering, it says, 'the classic autos of today and tomorrow, new models fresh out of the showrooms and concept cars on the cutting edge between prototype and series production'.
"Since 2009 we have with Motorvision TV shared our enthusiasm with the German television audience. Now thanks to OSN we have the opportunity to deliver our hugely attractive programming to our friends in the Middle East," said Jochen Kroehne, head of Motorvision TV.
"We are thrilled to launch Motorvision TV and ITV Granada on the OSN network bringing our customers even more choice of quality programming. Motorvision TV will showcase round-the-clock premium automotive entertainment in stunning high definition and ITV Granada offers viewers hit dramas, popular comedy, cutting-edge reality and the best in star-studded talk and entertainment shows, said Alison Wilcox, OSN spokeswoman.
"Both channels are a perfect match for us and we are delighted to add them to OSN's 90 channel line-up."
Motorvision TV will launch on OSN on 10 November to coincide with the opening of the Dubai Motor Show. The Munich-based channel currently broadcasts in German across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.