Jana Bennett confirms commitment to staging ambitious global television events throughout 2012
April 4, 2012:
Jana Bennett, President Worldwide Networks and GlobalÂ BBCÂ iPlayer, today confirmed the networkâs commitment to stage bold and ambitious global television events as she unveiled two new seasons for 2012 at MIPTV.Â London Calling andÂ Planet Earth Live will run simultaneously across theÂ BBCÂ channels around the world, showcasing the very best of British programming and UK talent to the World.
As the eyes of the World turn to London this summer, the City of 2012 will be brought to life by theÂ BBCÂ throughÂ London Calling; a unique season of programmes that celebrate the music, fashion, art, culture and history of Britainâs capital city. The season will be led by live coverage from the spectacular Queenâs Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Planet Earth Live is the biggest live wildlife broadcast ever undertaken by theÂ BBC. It is an ambitious project which is the result of over ten years of innovation in techniques and formats at theÂ BBCÂ Natural History Unit.
Planet Earth Live, a unique and new project, will bring real animals and their everyday dramas to a global audience in real time. Viewers willÂ witness first-hand these incredible animalsâ struggle for survival in this animal soap opera, where nature writes the script.
Jana Bennett, said, âBy creating synchronised broadcasts, we unite our viewers around the world and give them a real appointment to view.Â Ours is the only network in the world which can deliver such massive global moments to an international audienceÂ and is what made our coverage of The Royal Wedding last year so successful. This year I want to go bigger and bolder.
âPlanet Earth Live andÂ London Calling will enable our audiences to feel part of a truly global viewing experience - whether it be witnessing the wonder of nature as it unfolds before them or revelling in the celebrations taking place across London without ever having to leave the comfort of their living room.â
The two new global events come hot on the heels of the first global viewing event of 2012 asÂ BBCÂ Worldwide gave an international stage toÂ Sport Relief - one the UKâs biggest televised fundraising efforts. The special two week season culminated withÂ Sport Relief Goes Global, a four-hour extravaganza featuring comedy highlights from the UKâs night of fundraising entertainment onÂ BBCÂ ONE.
London Calling will air between June and August onÂ BBCÂ Entertainment (Africa, Poland, the Nordic Region, Asia, India, Latin America and the channelâs pan-European service),Â BBCÂ Knowledge (Africa, Poland, the Nordic Region, Italy, Asia and Australia),BBCÂ HD (Latin America, Poland, The Nordic region and Turkey),Â UKTV (Australia and New Zealand) andÂ BBCÂ World News(global). The season will also be available to users ofÂ BBC.com and to users of theÂ globalÂ BBCÂ iPlayer but will vary territory by territory.
Airing onÂ BBCÂ ONE in the UK,Â Planet Earth Live will air simultaneouslyÂ to a global audience viaÂ BBCÂ Knowledge (Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Poland, Italy, the Nordic Region)Â BBCÂ Entertainment (India), BBCÂ HD (Latin America) and in a selection of European countries on theÂ globalÂ BBCÂ iPlayer. The event excludes the US.