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BBC Knowledge (international)

BBC Knowledge
Launched 2007
Closed 1 February 2015
13 April 2015 (Nordic Countries)[1]
14 April 2015 (Hungary,[2] Romania[3] & Turkey[4])
1 September 2015 (South Africa)[5]
3 October 2015 (Asia)[6]
Owned by BBC Worldwide
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country United Kingdom
Replaced by BBC Earth
Sister channel(s) CBeebies
BBC World News
BBC Lifestyle
BBC Entertainment
BBC First
Mediaset Premium Channel 342
Igloo Channel 11
Channel 612 (SD/HD)
Channel 1612 (SD)
SKY TV Channel 74 (SD/HD)
Channel 74 (SD)
Channel 612 (SD/HD)
Channel 1612 (SD)
Optus TV
Channel 612
Foxtel Play (Australia) Channel 612
Vodafone TV Channel 74
Fetch TV (Australia) Channel 124

BBC Knowledge is a television channel available in various countries outside the United Kingdom, showcasing factual and non-fiction entertainment programming from the BBC and independent UK production houses. Wholly owned by BBC Worldwide, it is not related to the previous channel known as BBC Knowledge, an early digital channel available within the UK, which closed down in 2002 in favour of BBC Four and CBeebies. On 15 November 2009, BBC Knowledge in Australia changed their channel location from Channel 619 to Channel 612.

The channel provides five key programming strands enabling simple appointment viewing:

  • The World delves and explores new cultures around the world
  • Science & Technology explores new frontiers, from space to motoring
  • People explores aspects of the human body and mind
  • The Past brings historical events, places and people back to life
  • Business offers invaluable advice to help stay on top of today’s challenging business world.

In 2014 in was announced that BBC Worldwide would rollout a new channel, BBC Earth, which would replace BBC Knowledge in most locations, except for where it was successful.[7] Poland was the first location to launch the new brand on 1 February 2015.[8]


  • Launch dates 1
  • Programming 2
  • Asia 3
  • Australia 4
  • New Zealand 5
  • Poland 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Launch dates

BBC Knowledge was first launched in Singapore on mio TV in July 2007. It has been available on now TV in Hong Kong since October 2007 and on the Cyfrowy Polsat digital satellite platform in Poland from December 2007 (Cyfra Plus in Poland plans its launch only on 1 Feb 2011 due to prior exclusive BBC deals with Polsat). BBC Knowledge launched in Indonesia on Indovision in April 2008, and in South Africa on DStv in September 2008. It has since also launched in the Scandinavian countries in November 2008 when it replaced BBC Prime on Canal Digital and several cable systems. It was launched in Australia on Foxtel and Optus Television on 1 November 2008; in South Korea on CJ HelloVision on 1 December 2008 and on GS Gangnam Broadcasting on 26 May 2009.

On June 2009, citing the lack of viewership, the BBC terminated its carriage deal with SingTel's mio TV to air BBC Knowledge, (along with CBeebies and Lifestyle),[9] and entered into an agreement with StarHub TV to carry the channels from 1 August 2009.

BBC Knowledge was launched on Cable TV Hong Kong on 29 October 2009.[10]

The channel was launched in New Zealand in March 2011 replacing the Documentary Channel following that channel's sale to BBC Worldwide.[11]

From 1 March 2011 the channel is broadcast in Italy too. It's visible, in standard definition, on Mediaset Premium.

In 9 January 2013 RCS&RDS launched the channel in Romania

In 13 August 2013 the channel launched on Digiturk in Turkey. [12]

On 1 February 2015, BBC Knowledge launched on Australian IPTV service Fetch TV.[13][14]




New Zealand

  • Top Gear
  • Top Gear America
  • Dragons Den
  • Jeremy Clarkson: Meets the Neighbors


See also


  1. ^ "BBC overhauls channels in Nordic region". Telecompaper. 6 March 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "HD csatornát indított a BBC Magyar nyelven". (in Hungarian). 14 April 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "BBC Worldwide has today launched its new genre brand BBC EARTH as a linear channel in Romania" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "BBC Expands Global Footprint across Turkey" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "BBC Worldwide’s new global brands BBC Brit and BBC Earth prove a hit with South African audiences" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "BBC Earth to Launch in Asia" (Press release). 22 July 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Parker, Robin (27 January 2014). "BBC Brit unveiled by Worldwide". BroadcastNow. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "BBC BRIT and BBC EARTH to make their global channel debut in Poland" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  9. ^ BBC drops mioTV for StarHub
  10. ^ BBC expands channel line-up on Hong Kong Cable
  11. ^ BBCWW buys NZ's Documentary Channel
  12. ^
  13. ^ Knox, David (9 December 2014). "Fetch TV adds BBC First". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  14. ^ Perry, Kevin (9 December 2014). "Big Blow for Foxtel as they Lose Exclusive Rights for Premium Drama Channel BBC First". Nelbie. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
  • BBC Knowledge Australia
  • BBC Knowledge Italy
  • BBC News Online: BBC to launch global TV channels
  • Variety Magazine: BBC Worldwide bows new channels
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