BBC Worldwide to launch fact ent channel BBC Brit

Aimed at male viewers, BBC Brit will air British factual entertainment content including documentaries, business, food, music and sports. It will roll out in the coming financial year alongside previously announced channel brands BBC Earth and BBC First.
January 28, 2014

BBC Worldwide will launch the factual entertainment channel BBC Brit, CEO Tim Davie said during a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch in London on Monday (January 27).

The global channel is aimed at male viewers and will air British factual entertainment content including documentaries, business, food, music and sports.

“There is a gap in the global market for a male-skewing fact ent destination,” he said. “BBC Brit will capture the maverick spirit of our premium factual entertainment programs.”

The commercial arm of the British pubcaster will roll out the brand, as well as previously announced new brands BBC Earth and BBC First, on a market-by-market basis during the coming financial year.

BBC First will debut first in Australia via Foxtel in August.

The company will expand BBC Earth’s presence online through a partnership between BBC Worldwide and BBC television, via a BBC Earth section on both and its international version, The content will draw on programming from both the BBC Natural History Unit and BBC Worldwide. Access will be free in the UK and advertiser-funded elsewhere.

Davie also said BBC Worldwide is on track to meet its £200 million (US$331.7 million) investment commitment in premium content in the next financial year.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.