NEWS: Flextech and the BBC join forces to provide archive programmes

A portfolio of seven new channels, mixing shows from the BBC’s programming library with original material, will be launched through a partnership between the BBC and Flextech next summer, it was confirmed this week.

A portfolio of seven new channels, mixing shows from the BBC’s

programming library with original material, will be launched through a

partnership between the BBC and Flextech next summer, it was confirmed

this week.



The partners, who agreed a joint venture in principle at the end of

September, outlined details of the planned channels currently under

consideration. Actual channels will now be developed from this list of

concepts.



One channel, Showcase, will feature the crown jewels of BBC comedy and

drama, such as Pride and Prejudice and Fawlty Towers.



The Sports Entertainment Network will offer news, exclusive

entertainment shows, live phone-ins and up-to-the-minute comment from

BBC sports presenters.



One-TV is designed to bring the spirit and essence of BBC Radio 1 to TV

with music programming targeting 15- to 24-year-olds. Music videos will

come from the Radio 1 playlist and will be cut with interviews and live

packages.



BBC Catch-Up TV will give viewers an opportunity to see major BBC

programmes which they missed first time round. The time-lag between

first and second screenings is likely to be quite short to capitalise on

the word-of-mouth factor.



The BBC’s documentary archives will be raided for Horizons, featuring

factual programmes ‘in a concentrated, accessible form for the first

time’.



A leisure and lifestyle channel, Style, will cherry-pick from the BBC’s

cookery, gardening, motoring, home-style, antiques and travel

programming.



Arena will feature the best of British culture through daily reviews,

special seasons and the full range of BBC music, theatre and arts

programming. The Learning Channel will be an educational channel for

families.



Some of the channels will take advertising and the airtime sales for

these is expected to be handled by Flextech Sales, the sales house for

Flextech’s other TV interests, which include Discovery and Bravo.



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