BBC Worldwide ANZ has renewed a multi-year carriage deal with Sky in New Zealand, ensuring British content first broadcast on UKTV and BBC Knowledge will continue to serve Kiwi viewers.
UKTV and BBC Knowledge, the most popular BBC Channels outside the UK, regularly reaches more than 1 million New Zealand viewers monthly, according to BBCWW ANZ.
The pact also guarantees global breaking news to New Zealand viewers of BBC World News, as well as catch up programming on Sky Go, added within 14 days of broadcast.
Some of the UKTV shows viewers will continue to enjoy include EastEnders, The Graham Norton Show, Silent Witness and, debuting later in 2014, the period drama Peaky Blinders, while BBC Knowledge will deliver factual and non-fiction programming presented by Sir David Attenborough, Professor Brian Cox, Bruce Parry and James May.
“British programming continues to have strong appeal in New Zealand and through this renewed partnership with Sky, we’re delighted to be able to offer fine British programmes to New Zealand viewers via BBC channels for many years to come,” said Jon Penn, managing director, BBC Worldwide ANZ, in a statement.