As part of its effort to bump up its primetime viewership,
International Channel is rolling out its revamped programming schedule this week. It
includes a weeknight block of primetime news and a weekend block of international films,
all subtitled in English.
"We wanted to organize our lineup in a more reasonable
manner," said Scott Wheeler, senior vice president of network development for
International Channel. "We've focused our schedule so that our viewers will
As part of the changes, the network will debut a three-hour
block of evening newscasts, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., that will be in English or subtitled
in English. The block will include news from France, Japan, the Philippines, South Asia,
India, the Middle East and China.
"That will help us to garner a wider audience,"
Wheeler said. "It will be easier to keep people on the channel."
The network's new Saturday-night movie block will
feature foreign films, all subtitled in English, kicking off with the French Film Series
from TV5, the Cantonese Movie Theater and the new International Film Festival, with movies
from around the world. The three-movie block will air from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
And from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on weekends, International
Channel is creating a children's block, which will feature kids' shows from
Korea, France, the Philippines and Latin America.
As part of the schedule revamping, the network will also
add a newscast from Spanish-language CBS TeleNoticias, which covers news from all of the
countries of the Spanish-speaking world.
International Channel's expanded sports coverage will
include Championship Soccer from Fox Sports International, which features two matches each
Saturday from various leagues around the world.