BBC expands US distribution with Time Warner Cable
Editor | 17-12-2012
Following a successful year for the corporation in the United States, BBC AMERICA and BBC World News have expanded their distribution on Time Warner Cable (TWC) systems.
BBC World News will be added to the digital basic package in most TWC offerings before the end of December 2012, seeing increased distribution in principal American cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Seattle. Overall, as result of its expanded relationship with all US operators, the BBC claims that its news channel will have grown its reach by over ten million new homes in 2012, available in 25 million full-time homes once the TWC deal launches.
With BBC AMERICA — which has enjoyed success with Doctor Who, Copper, Luther, Top Gear and the Golden Globe-nominated series The Hour — in January 2013 TWC will debut a new drama Ripper Street and new original series Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan. New episodes of Doctor Who, Copper, Luther, Top Gear, The Graham Norton Show, Being Human, The Thick of It, plus new original drama Orphan Black and mini-series Spies of Warsaw have also been announced for 2013.
"It's been a record-breaking year for BBC AMERICA, as our iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who has reached new heights and we've created new original programming including Copper, our highest-rated series premiere ever," said Sandy Ashendorf, EVP network distribution, BBC Worldwide America. "We're excited to expand BBC AMERICA's partnership with Time Warner Cable and launch BBC World News, which has seen record distribution growth in the past year."
Jim Egan, chief operating officer, Global News Ltd, said: "I'm delighted to see BBC World News coming to Time Warner Cable — this is another important foothold for our global news channel in the highly competitive US market. We are really pleased by the growing demand in the US for a global news network which is both non-partisan and non-sensational in approach. BBC World News is about serious news, with on-the-ground reporting and analysis from different parts of the world and a mandate to inform and provide a balanced view. We know that audiences around the world value the channel's distinctive world view and we are pleased that more US viewers now have access to it."