Foxtel launches new Asian-based channels

Foxtel has launched two Asian-based channels in association with GlobeCast Australia.

The announcement:

Foxtel in association with GlobeCast Australia have today launched two major Asian based channels – NHK WORLD TV and CCTV-9 Documentary Channel.

Available to Australian viewers through Foxtel, NHK WORLD TV provides the very latest information from Japan, Asia and the rest of the world, as well as a wide variety of programming 24 hours a day. Produced in Japan, the English language channel is already broadcast in 140 countries to 260 million households, and using GlobeCast Australia’s D3 Satellite capacity is now available to all Foxtel Subscribers.

The first dedicated English language Chinese documentary channel with worldwide coverage, CCTV-9 Documentary Channel is sister to CCTV’s Chinese and Asian news channel CCTV News, provided to Foxtel subscribers through an existing GlobeCast Australia/Foxtel agreement. Produced in Beijing and launching in Australia on Foxtel, CCTV-9 shares China’s culture, stories and history with a global audience.

CCTV9-Documentary will feature historical and natural geography documentaries such as ‘The Road to Discovery’ which includes a focus on archaeological exploration.

NHK WORLD TV will help Australians explore Japan with programs such as ‘Journeys in Japan’ – watch reporters travel around Japan, meeting people, exploring the local culture and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.

With a growing Asian population and with the third highest number of new migrants to Australia from China[1], the CCTV-9 Documentary Channel and NHK WORLD TV (from Japan) will fulfil a growing demand for the news and culture of the Asian region and also provide a view from Asia on global issues.

The leading provider of broadcast services for Australia and New Zealand, GlobeCast Australia is dedicated to delivering high quality content to support Foxtel’s Australian platform.

Richard Freudenstein, Foxtel CEO said, “It is more important than ever that Australians understand and engage with the Asian region. These two high quality, English language channels will make a valuable contribution to that engagement.

“Foxtel is pleased to be working with GlobeCast Australia, one of our most valued partners, to deliver these important services.”

Simon Farnsworth, GlobeCast Australia’s Chief Executive Officer said, “We are delighted to continue strengthening our strategic relationship with Foxtel, and to deliver a broad range of strong channels to their platform.”

Source: Foxtel press release.



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