BBC seals TV content deals in Thailand
Rebecca Hawkes | 23 May 2014
BBC Worldwide has signed programme deals with the free-to-air Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) and Thai content aggregator STG Mediaplex.
Thai PBS has acquired the first two series of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities, along with Hidden Kingdoms and Tarsier Tails from the BBC's natural history unit, with Robbie Williams – One Night at the Palladium and pre-school show The Numtums also set for a Thai TV audience.
The deal with STG Mediaplex includes Human Planet, the first BBC natural history programme to focus entirely on human beings as a subject; Expedition Tiger, a series that tracks the jungles and mountains of Bhutan in search of a secret tiger population; and the Korean adaption of motoring show Top Gear, Top Gear Korea.
"The deals in Thailand mark a milestone for BBC Worldwide as we continue to forge our footprint across Asia," said Mark Whitehead, SVP & GM South East Asia and Channels Lead Asia, BBC Worldwide, Asia.
All the programmes are available in HD.
Suwit Sasanapichit, director of programme bureau, Thai Public Broadcasting Service, added: "BBC Worldwide have been great partners of Thai PBS and we are happy to extend our relationship with them. Being the primary free-to-air TV broadcaster, we have the duty to air programmes with quality content and BBC Worldwide is able to provide quality programmes that meet our mission."