BBC News Makes Its Comcast Debut in DC


BBC World News continues its Comcast expansion, launching on the MSO's system serving the Washington, D.C. market.
The BBC's international 24-hour news channel -- which features news, documentaries, lifestyle programs and interviews, plus the award-winning daily newscast, BBC World News America, anchored by Katty Kay, from the studio in Washington, D.C. -- is now available on channel 171 to the cable company's customers in the nation's capital and its environs, via Comcast's Digital Preferred Xfinity TV.
The DC rollout follows the launch of the network last month on Xfinity TV in Comcast systems serving Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Portland, as well as across northern California, Michigan and western New England. Financial deal terms were not disclosed.
"Today's announcement is another major step forward for us in the most competitive television marketplace in the world. It provides further evidence that U.S. audiences are increasingly hungry for the BBC's independent and impartial international news," said Richard Porter, controller English, BBC Global News, in a statement.  "BBC World News offers audiences a smart and un-spun perspective on world events. We will bring Comcast viewers in the Washington, D.C. area the best of BBC journalism, providing trusted information and in-depth global analysis."