Current Crosses Pond to U.K.


San Francisco— Current TV said it had reached the first agreement that will take its viewer-created content overseas.

The cable network founded by former Vice President Al Gore and legal-services entrepreneur Joel Hyatt said Friday that it signed an agreement to start a version of its digital video news for the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The offshoot will be carried by direct-to-home satellite provider British Sky Broadcasting plc, which is part of the Murdoch family media empire.

“As a first step towards Sky’s own moves in this fascinating field, we’re pleased to help give a voice to millions of young people throughout the U.K. and Ireland,” said BSkyB CEO James Murdoch.

Current TV’s target audience is young adults; and about 30% of the news it presents each hour is produced by that audience (“Applying Current,” Sept. 18).

As in the United States, viewers in the United Kingdom and Ireland will be able to submit their video reports to Current and have them appear on air.

BSkyB is received by 8.2 million households in the United Kingdom.

Current is received so far by 30 million U.S. households, primarily through DirecTV Inc., Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable.

“This is a big step in fulfilling Current’s mission of sparking a global conversation among young adults,” Gore said, in a prepared statement from the network.