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BBC First launching in Turkey

May 14, 2020

BBC Studios has revealed that drama brand, BBC First, will launch for the first time in Turkey via Türk Telekom’s Tivibu platform.

A bespoke feed programmed for Turkish audiences, the channel will launch on May 27th and be available with full Turkish subtitles. BBC First will join BBC Studios global brands – BBC Earth, BBC World News and CBeebies – in the Turkish market.

BBC First will be home to shows including Doctor Who, MotherFatherSon, Death in Paradise, Call The Midwife and more.

Natasha Hussain, Senior Vice President for MENA at BBC Studios, said: “As the World’s spotlight shines bright on British drama, I’m thrilled to be expanding our offering in Turkey with the truly unmissable BBC First channel. The BBC has a strong reputation for its original storytelling and high production values in this genre, and I can’t wait for audiences in Turkey to be introduced to the raft of unique stories and unforgettable characters on BBC First.”

Türk Telekom TV/OTT Content and Product Director, Ziyad Varol, stated: “We are very much happy with our years of cooperation with BBC, a household name for broadcast and media worldwide. Five years ago, Tivibu was the first platform to launch BBC’s documentary channel BBC Earth in Turkey, introducing one of the most important documentary producers of the world to Turkish audiences. And now, with BBC First, we are again excited to provide Tivibu audience with the newest and most popular series content of BBC. We hope to add new firsts into our list with BBC and to provide further value to Tivibu viewers by presenting them premium contents before everyone else in Turkey.

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