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BBC to launch entertainment channel in Japan on 1 Dec

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MUMBAI: BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corp, has announced the creation of BBC Japan.



Local Japanese broadcaster Japan MediArk will be distributing the new BBC wholly owned entertainment channel in the country, it was announced last Friday.



BBC Japan, which launches 1 December, will be broadcast on channel 025 of SkyPerfectTV110 on the CS110 degree satellite.



The channel will offer Japanese viewers a mix of comedy, drama, factual entertainment, children's and learning programming, as well as talk shows and documentaries.



While most of the programs will be subtitled in Japanese, there will be enough English programming that will help Japanese viewers to improve their grasp of the "Queen's English", the channel's distributors aver.



Well known BBC shows such as Fawlty Towers, Ready Steady Cook and Tweenies are among the titles that will be available on the channel.



BBC Japan will be the second channel after well established news channel BBC World on offer in the Far Eastern economic powerhouse.

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