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SKY and BBC WW renew carriage deal

SKY CEO John Fellet announced the continuation of SKY’s long-standing channels carriage deal with BBC Worldwide today for BBC UKTV, BBC Knowledge and BBC World News, all of which are an integral part of SKY’s Basic package.
“British storytelling resonates incredibly strongly with New Zealanders and our BBC channels have an amazing diversity of quality shows across every genre. These channels add enormous value to our Basic package which is evident by the hundreds of thousands of SKY customers who tune in every year,” said Mr Fellet.
Jon Penn, Managing Director of BBC Worldwide ANZ added, “I’m delighted that we have extended our carriage deal with SKY, ensuring that fans of great British entertainment, engaging factual and impartial global news will have access to the BBC’s premium channels for many more years.  Working in partnership with the team at SKY, we will continue to invest in our channels, bring our audiences more outstanding British content and offer a really compelling proposition to the New Zealand market.” 
Made for SKY, BBC UKTV is the highest rating entertainment channel on the platform.  It has built further on this success recently with a brand refresh which saw a whole new on-air look and feel introduced on the channel. 
BBC Knowledge NZ is home to some of the biggest names in British factual programming with a host of entertaining and thought-provoking shows presented by engaging experts.
BBC World News continues to bring the issues of the day to SKY viewers from a global perspective.  With over 84 million viewers globally each week and across 433 million homes worldwide, BBC World News brings stories from its trusted global network of reporters. 
SKY’s Head of Affiliate Channels Maria Barlow-Cooper also welcomed the continuation of the carriage deal.
“These are much loved channels offering an array of great content.  BBC UKTV is renowned for its premium dramas such as gangster series Peaky Blinders as well as introducing local audiences to ground-breaking premiere shows such as SS-GB and the much anticipated Top of the Lake 2, directed by New Zealand’s own Jane Campion.  With a variety of lively chat shows, quirky comedies and big British events such as the Brit Awards and Last Night of the Proms, BBC UKTV is programmed specifically for our local viewers as a cracking celebration of the best in British entertainment.”
“Factual lovers are spoilt for choice on BBC Knowledge NZ whether their passion is natural history with Sir David Attenborough, science with Professor Brian Cox or just incredibly moving real life storytelling with Louis Theroux.  And of course Kiwis have a huge appetite for keeping up with world events and the BBC World News service brings its own unique global perspective to our News bouquet,” she said.
BBCUKTV is available on SKY Channel 007, BBC Knowledge NZ on SKY Channel 074 and BBC World News on SKY Channel 089.