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Discovery acquires two channels in New Zealand

MUMBAI: Infotainment broadcaster Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific has acquired The Living Channel and Food TV, taking its total channels in New Zealand to four. Discovery Channel and Animal Planet are on Sky TV.

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific executive VP, GM Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands Mandy Pattinson said, “Discovery has a proven track record of producing and investing in original factual and lifestyle programming that resonates globally. Working closely with our partners at Sky TV, the acquisition of The Living Channel and Food TV will provide us with a great opportunity to continue offering viewers the programs they know and love, as well as original lifestyle and food programming never before seen by New Zealand audiences. We look forward to continuing to work alongside SKY TV on local New Zealand productions to ensure the channels remain uniquely Kiwi.”

Sky TV CEO John Fellet said, “The SKY team would firstly like to thank and congratulate Julie Christie on her creation of two popular niche channels that have found a loyal audience on SKY. With The Living Channel and Food TV becoming part of the Discovery Networks stable I know they will continue to offer great viewing with plenty of local shows that our New Zealand audience really enjoys.”

TLCNZ founder Julie Christie said, “Television is a global business and we are pleased to hand over the reins to a global player like Discovery whose knowledge and access to content will ensure the channels can remain at the forefront of lifestyle television. Their commitment to keeping the channels ‘local’ ensures our viewers will still enjoy the content they love. We thank John Fellet and the team at Sky TV for a great partnership over the past 12 years and I personally look forward to working with Discovery on enhancing the channels in the near future.”