The BBC are extending their viewing figures and helping to pave the way for better relations between the West and Burma with the launch of three pay-per-view channels in the country this year and Doctor Who will be one of the shows that will be screened.
Without getting too political on the pages of Kasterborous, Burma has been regarded as a historically isolated nation until recently when they released political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi and also started holding by-elections. Relations took the next step when Prime Minister Harold Sax…sorry, David Cameron, visited the country in April, making him the fist British PM to do so since Burma gained its independence in 1948.
The three launch channels will include CBeebies, BBC Entertainment and BBC World News and will show programs such as Teletubbies, The Graham Norton Show and Doctor Who as well as other dramas and comedies.
The BBC has been providing news and information to Burma, via radio on the BBC World Service, by broadcasting on BBC Burmese since 1940 but with the launch of these new services comes a step in a new direction. Peter Horrocks, director of global news, commented on his excitement regarding the latest venture by the Beeb:
I’m so pleased that the BBC is now able to take the next step forward with the country to offer that same impartial news via television as well. It is a great sign of progress for Burma and I’m honoured for the BBC to play a role in opening the country up to the world.
The channels are set to launch in Burma next January via the Forever Group’s pay TV platform and will potentially reach 250,000 homes, that’s a lot of extra viewers for Doctor Who!