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FIC to launch crime channel in SA

Fox International Channels has launched its Fox Crime channel on South African pay TV platform DStv.

The thematic channel, branded locally as FOXCRIME, will have FIC’s noir drama copro The Bridge, and franchise crime properties including Criminal Minds, CSI and Blue Bloods as well as a classic crime block comprising NYPD Blue, Remington Steel, CHIPS and Streets of San Francisco.

It will also include crime-themed documentaries including an African-focused slot entitled Case Files: Africa that will cover infamous cases from across the continent.

“FOXCRIME’s steady subscriber growth and enduring rating’s success since its original 2006 launch in Italy, is the product of a killer mix of addictive crime programming and FOX brand sensibility,” said Alessandro Tucci,  senior VP and general manager for FIC Africa.

FOXCRIME now reaches 26.6 million homes worldwide. It joins FOX, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild on the MultiChoice-owned DStv platform, which has 1.5 million subscribers.