YouTube launches 30 new channels in UK, France and Germany
October 8, 2012

YouTube has announced 30 new original channel launches across the UK, France and Germany as part of an expansion of its global channels initiative.

Original channels from the UK on the YouTube network include automotive channel Fast, Furious & Funny from Zodiak Active and Bullseye, beauty channels Dailymix from All3Media and Fashtag from Gravity Road, comedy channel Bad Teeth from Base 79 and Hat Trick, entertainment channel On Earth from BBC Worldwide, food channel The Jamie Oliver Food Channel from Jamie Oliver Ltd and FreshOne, health channel Body Talk Daily from All3Media, music channel Mixmag TV, news channels Eurnonews Knowledge and ITN Productions’ Truthloader and sports channels Copa90 and Football and Flow.

Forthcoming channels include The Topic Science Channel with James May from BBC Worldwide and 360 Productions.

In France YouTube’s additions include comedy channels FFSK from Kabo Productions, HuHa and Black Dynamite’s Studio Bagel. Entertainment channels include Very Watch from Troisième Oeil, It’s Big from Endemol and Taratata on Air from Air Productions/Banijay Group. YouTube has also added cooking channels Marmiton from Feminin Group and Let’s Cook from Troisième Oeil, health channel Doctissimo Play from Lagardère Active, news channel Euronews Knowledge and sport channel X-Treme Video.

New German channels include automotive channel Motorvision, comedy channel Onkel Berni from First Entertainment, entertainment channels High5 from IDG Germany and Short Cuts: The Short Movie channel from Endemol Beyond with Wiedemann & Berg Television, health channel Happy and Fit from All About Video and sport channel Boneless from Mutant Boy.

FremantleMedia meanwhile announced two new YouTube channels for Germany at the MIPCOM TV market. FremantleMedia’s German production arm, UFA, will create an urban life channel and a crime channel for the online video platform. The urban life channel, Heartbeat Berlin, will be centred on life in Berlin and is the brainchild of UFA Lab, which will also produce the content, supported by teamWorx and Grundy Light Entertainment. Kristian Costa-Zahn, head of creation at UFA Lab, will act as creative producer. The crime channel, Trigger, is a collaboration between UFA Lab and UFA Fernsehproduktion. Jörg Winger, SOKO Leipzig producer, will head up the channel.

According to YouTube, its top 25 channels now average over one million views a week, with 800 million users watching four billion hours a month of YouTube content.

FremantleMedia earlier this year launched The Pet Collective and THNKR on YouTube, taking the number of channels it operates on the platform to 90 across 18 territories.