From August, BBC First on Foxtel will be provide BBC drama and comedy in Australia. Launch shows will include recent British hits The Musketeers and Peaky Blinders along with The Politician’s Husband, and the new Alan Partridge mockumentaries.
Australia is the first territory to launch BBC First, one of three new global brands announced by BBC Worldwide in October 2013.
Jon Penn, Managing Director of BBC Worldwide ANZ said: ‘The BBC has always been pioneering and the launch of BBC First in Australia continues in this spirit, offering something totally unique to the market. British drama and comedy has a world-renowned reputation for being clever, complex and immensely enjoyable, attracting top talent on and off the screen. For the first time in Australia, all the very best new British dramas and comedies will be available in one place, giving viewers the opportunity to indulge and immerse themselves in world class creativity.’
Richard Freudenstein, Foxtel Chief Executive said: ‘The partnership between Foxtel and the BBC marks a significant milestone in Australian television. BBC First will enable our customers to see every major new BBC series first on Foxtel. This further consolidates our brilliant offering for subscribers and our pledge to bring the best television from around the world to Foxtel homes.’
BBC First joins existing BBC channels UKTV, BBC Knowledge, CBeebies and BBC World News on the Foxtel platform from August. It will also be available on Foxtel GO and in high definition.