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BBC Worldwide sells over 500 hours of factual content to South Korea’s JTBC cable network

MUMBAI: BBC Worldwide has concluded a TV sales deal with the Joongang Tongyang Broadcasting Company (JTBC), owned by JoongAng Media Network (JMnet), one of South Korea’s largest media conglomerates.

The deal includes over 500 hours of BBC’s premium natural history, science and documentary content which will now be available on one of the country’s newest cable TV platforms.Through the partnership, JTBC subscribers will now have access to:

  • ‘The Hunt’ – from the executive producers of Blue Planet and Planet Earth, The Hunt narrated by Sir David Attenborough explores the relationship between predators and their prey
  • ‘Wild Japan’ explores the vast range of landscapes in the highly industrialised archipelago. Each episode details the drama of humans interacting with a nature that spans savage winters and sultry summers
  • ‘Atlantic: Wildest Ocean’ –travels to uncover the mysteries of the Atlantic ocean from its darkest depths to its coastline and islands
  • ‘Wild Patagonia’ – reveals Patagonia’s surprising wildlife and its lawless, powerful and demanding landscape
  • ‘Big Blue Live’ – Presented by Steve Backshall, Matt Baker, Liz Bonnin and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The series celebrates the success of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

BBC Worldwide GM North East Asia Soojin Chung commented on the deal, “We are very excited that BBC’s natural history and factual content has been a hit with JTBC’s viewers. Our relationship with JTBC started in 2012 with just one natural history title. The continued demand for BBC’s premium documentaries is an indication of its appeal to viewers. With this new deal, we hope to be able to deliver more premium quality, inspiring content to fans across South Korea.”

JTBC head of programming Su-young Lee said, “BBC’s factual programmes have become increasingly popular on the channel. We are very glad to partner with BBC Worldwide to deliver the quality of factual programmes that our viewers demand. I look forward to working with BBC Worldwide to develop more exciting opportunities for our fans in Korea.”

BBC’s factual programmes are now available on JTBC viewers’ set-top boxes as well as online at onair.jtbc.joins.com subtitled in Korean.