BBC Worldwide is expanding the global reach of its 24-hour preschool channel CBeebies, with April 1 launches set for the Middle East and North Africa to subscribers of multi-genre network beIN.
The deal marks the first time that CBeebies will broadcast in the MENA region as a full channel, airing content in English exclusively on beIN’s direct-to-home service on channel 134.
beIN’s CBeebies schedule will include brand-new original commission Go Jetters, Studio AKA’s animated series Hey Duggee, season two of Sarah and Duck, Coolabi and Factory’s stop-motion reboot Clangers, and season two of the live-action book adaptation Katie Morag.
CBeebies now airs in more than 78 territories globally, including Australia, Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Mongolia and Myanmar), Mexico, Latin America, Poland and South Africa.
As for beIN, the global network currently broadcasts in 24 countries across the MENA region, as well as internationally in France, the US, Canada, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia.