BBC World News is now available free-to-air via cable across major parts of Germany, including Munich, Hamburg and Bremen following a new agreement with the country’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KD).
The agreement sees the lifting of KD’s encryption arrangement and will enable all customers of KD with digital reception to access the BBC’s international news channel. Previously, BBC World News was available as part of KD’s subscription package. KD operates cable networks in 13 German federal states and supplies its services to approximately 8.5 million connected households.
Following this agreement, BBC World News will now be available in more than 35 million households across Germany. Viewers will have access to the BBC’s award-winning journalism and array of current affairs programmes, including HARDtalk with Stephen Sackur, current affairs documentary strand Our World, cultural programming such as Art of Germany or European evening-peak news programme World News Today.
Colin Lawrence, Distribution Director, BBC World News said: “Germany is an incredibly important market for both BBC World News and BBC.com and this extension of our relationship with KD is a significant step forward for the business. With journalists in more places than any other global news channel, BBC World News is trusted by audiences around the world to deliver high quality, impartial reporting on the stories that shape our world. With the recent move to our new state of the art broadcast facility in central London and increased investment in our global newsgathering operation, we can now deliver this like never before and I’m delighted that more people in Germany will now be able to access the channel.”