BBC Worldwide North America and Blue Ant Media have partnered to launch BBC Earth, the UK pubcaster’s factual channel, in Canada.
The commercial-free channel is scheduled to make its debut Jan. 24, 2017 with a slate of programming including The Hunt and the natural history juggernaut Planet Earth II. It will replace Blue Ant’s risk, adventure and danger-themed channel radX.
The premiere of the latter series is set to bow in Canada on Jan. 28, day-and-date with the U.S. premiere, which will air on BBC America. Blue Ant is expected to release further programming information and scheduling details for the channel in early January.
BBC Earth will be broadcast in Canada in HD and will replace Blue Ant’s existing radX channel. The channel showcases stories of discovery that cover significant moments in history and the human experience, as well as outer space and science.
In a statement, Raja Khanna, CEO, television & digital for Blue Ant Media, called the partnership with BBCWW “the perfect complement” to his company’s existing suite of factual channels.
“We know that the BBC brand and content resonate with Canadians, so we’re looking forward to BBC Earth becoming an important part of the television landscape in Canada,” added Ann Sarnoff, president of BBC Worldwide North America.
Blue Ant Media owns and operates such specialty channels as Aux, Travel + Escape, Makeful, Love Nature, Cottage Life, Smithsonian Channel Canada and HIFI.