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BBC Japan Faces Closure

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 Posted: 12:16 AM JST

The BBC's Japanese entertainment channel faces closure within weeks after only 18 months since its start in Japan, BBC Worldwide's Managing Director of Global Channels Darren Childs announced this week.

BBC Worldwide has received notification from JMC, its distributor in Japan, that it no longer has the financial means to honor its contractual commitments to distribute the BBC Japan channel.

JMC has also told BBC Worldwide that the company’s shareholders, which include Dentsu, Jiji Press and Kyodo, will not be providing any further financial support. This decision results in JMC no longer being able to continue distribution of the channel after April 30, 2006 and BBC Japan will cease to be available.

When the channel launched in December 2004 it was hailed as a major move into Asia's most lucrative TV market. Programming features on the channel includes EastEnders, Cash in the Attic, Rescue Me and My Family.

"This decision has been taken without any consultation with BBC Worldwide" Childs said, "and is beyond the corporation’s control." BBC Worldwide is actively seeking alternative ways to continue to provide the service in Japan.

“We are extremely disappointed to be having to announce that, due to the apparent decision of the JMC shareholders to no longer support JMC, BBC Japan may have to end transmission. We are looking to replace the channel in the market as soon as possible, and hope to announce shortly how BBC Japan’s loyal customers will be able to receive the channel in the future. In the meantime, we extend our sincere apologies to subscribers of the channel who have been inconvenienced by the decision of JMC.”

Keywords: national_news arts_entertainment

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3 comments so far post your own

1 | At 08:39am on Mar 23 2006, J NOON wrote:
BBC JAPAN IS THE BEST CS CHANNEL AVAILABLE. SPARE NO EFFORTS TO KEEP IT GOING.
THERE ARE SO MANY DISSAPOINTED PEOPLE HERE!
2 | At 04:09pm on May 07 2006, Clare Eldridge wrote:
I just can't believe this closure! BBC Japan is by far better than any other channel here. Please try to find another distributor asap, otherwise I am sure that we will all go mad!!
3 | At 04:20pm on May 16 2006, BBC Japan Fan wrote:
BBC Japan was the best and my whole family is missing it. I hope they can soon find another way to broadcast in Japan.
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