BBC Studios extends Foxtel deal with arrival of BBC Earth

Australian pay TV operator Foxtel is replacing its BBC Knowledge channel with factual brand BBC Earth and adding a raft of programming to its slate, as part of an extended deal with BBC Studios (BBCS). The long-term agreement will see BBCS shows, including blue chip natural history series featuring Sir David Attenborough, airing on the […]

Factual SVOD iwonder launches down under

A new documentary and current affairs streaming service, iwonder, has launched in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore today. Co-founded by former Foxtel exec James Bridges, the SVOD will offer biographies, true crime series and documentaries covering a range of topics including history, sport, science, technology, religion, art and the environment. Viewers will have access to […]

Foxtel names new CEO ahead of merger

Fox Sport Australia’s CEO, Patrick Delany, will become chief to the newly merged Foxtel and Fox Sports, once its finalised in upcoming months. Peter Tonagh, Australian pay TV giant Foxtel’s incumbent chief executive, will depart the company after two years in the role. News Corp is part owner of Foxtel, with Telstra, and owns Fox […]

Sky New Zealand stares into Hard Sun & eyes American Gods

Sky New Zealand has acquired new pre-apocalyptic BBC drama Hard Sun, as well as Starz and Amazon drama American Gods and Foxtel’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. All three series count FremantleMedia International as their distributor, and each will play on Sky’s SoHo basic tier channel following the new deal. Hard Sun, which comes from Luther […]

Walter Presents in Australia through Foxtel deal

British-born VOD service Walter Presents is launching in Australia after teaming up with pay TV provider Foxtel. The Channel 4-backed broadcaster has been aiming at international expansion this year, and will debut series on Foxtel’s authenticated on-demand service on November 1. Then on December 15, a Walter Presents-branded slot will launch on pay TV channel […]

Foxtel studio partnerships chief Weir to exit

Deanna Weir, who oversees Australian pay TV platform Foxtel’s relationships with the US studios, is to leave her role. Her exit comes a little over a year after she joined, and two weeks after Foxtel’s merger with Fox Sports was unveiled. Aussie industry veteran Weir (pictured) was hired as executive director of channel aggregation and […]

Foxtel merging with Fox Sports in Australia

Australia’s leading pay TV platform, Foxtel, is merging with its News Corp cousin Fox Sports Australia to create a new regional powerhouse. The move will see Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp becoming 65% majority shareholder of the new business, with Australia telecommunications business retaining the other 35%. A plan to float of the Australia stock exchange […]

Game of Thrones smashes HBO ratings record

Ratings for Game of Thrones’s season seven opener on US premium pay channel HBO proved linear event programming is still alive and well. The show took 10.1 million linear viewers, well above the previous 8.9 million record set for the season six debut episode in 2015, and a massive 16.1 million overall. This makes it […]