BBC Earth settles on autumn launch for Asia

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 24 July 2015

BBC Worldwide is launching its natural history television channel BBC Earth across Asia this October.

The factual channel, a rebrand of BBC Knowledge, will become available Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam on 3 October. A BBC Earth world block is also available in Japan on Wowow.

"The premiere of BBC Earth in Asia is an important step in BBC Worldwide's strategy to inspire audiences with intelligent, distinctive content. With BBC Earth, we will now have a compelling way to share premium BBC factual content with audiences in Asia and around the world. With an increased investment into new and premiere content, we are confident that BBC Earth will strike a chord with viewers in Asia," said David Weiland, EVP, BBC Worldwide Asia.

Shows include Shark, described by the BBC as 'the definitive series of shark natural history, made on a scale never attempted before and revelatory in both content and photography', which will premiere in Asia on 4 October.

The Hunt, narrated by Sir David Attenborough and executive produced by award-winning producer, Alistair Fothergill, explores the hunters and the hunted of the animal kingdom. The Hunt will be broadcast in Asia less than 24 hours after the UK telecast.

Other series scheduled include Lands of the Monsoon, Life Below Zero (series three) and Infested.

The BBC's commercial arm has already announced the launch of BBC Earth in Latin America is set for September.