BBC pay-TV channels launch in Burma for the first time
Louise Duffy | 17-12-2012

The BBC and BBC Worldwide today announced the inaugural launch of three of its pay-TV channels in Burma – BBC World News, BBC Entertainment and CBeebies.

All three channels, together with BBC World Service in Asia in English will launch on Forever Group’s pay-TV platform in Burma on 1 January 2013.

One of two major private broadcasters in Burma, Forever Group is one of the earliest digital TV broadcasters in the region and broadcasting in DVB-T and DVB-T2. Forever Group is also extending its digital TV network all over the country using the DVB-T2 system.

Mark Whitehead, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BBC Worldwide Channels Asia, said: “I am pleased to be able to announce the launch of the BBC channels in Burma. We are very pleased to be part of Burma’s growing economy, and excited to be delivering our wide range of highly rated and award-winning programming - from programmes specially designed for pre-schoolers, to the best of UK comedy and drama and high quality international news to new viewers.”

Winn Maw, CEO of Forever Group, added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with BBC Worldwide. High quality content is a key factor in driving our subscription growth, and we are confident that BBC World News, BBC Entertainment and CBeebies, together with BBC World Service radio will make Forever Group’s international line-up even stronger.”