BBCWW renews partnership with New Zealand’s Sky

The BBC Worldwide ANZ carriage renewal with Sky in New Zealand means that more than one million monthly Kiwi viewers can continue to watch programming on UKTV and BBC Knowledge.
August 25, 2014

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.

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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.