The BBC and Comcast have announced that BBC World News, the BBC's global 24-hour news channel, will now be available to Xfinity TV customers across key southern markets in the US.
"With correspondents in more countries than any other news broadcaster, our journalists live and report the story first-hand from all corners of the world for our audiences here in the US and globally," said Jim Egan, CEO for BBC Global News. "We are delighted to be launching on Xfinity TV in the South and to bring our distinctive, comprehensive, unbiased and trusted news and analysis to new audiences."
With a schedule of hourly news and in-depth reports from the BBC's global team of journalists, the channel features a daily US newscast World News America anchored by Katty Kay from Washington DC, featuring the latest interviews with newsmakers as well as coverage and analysis of the key international events shaping the day's news agenda. Other highlights include Global with Jon Sopel, anchored from London, which provides a daily round up of the key stories and analysis; World Business Report which covers developments across the world's financial markets; and the weekly interactive global debate show World Have Your Say in which audiences get to have their say on the week's big news stories.
"We're excited to offer a global perspective through BBC World News to key southern markets," said Kerry McKelvey, Comcast's Big South Region vice president of marketing and sales. "BBC World News is a highly respected network and a top-rated news source around the world. Our goal is to continuously analyse our product and add channels that will bring value to our customers' lives. XFINITY TV offers a broad range of content from sports to movies and now world news."
In the US, distribution of BBC World News has rapidly grown over the past two years, with the channel now reaching more than 27 million full-time homes. BBC World News is available in New York City, LA, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle and several other major US markets.