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Select BBC content to broadcast in China through deal with digital network Mango TV

BBC's David Beckham For The Love of The Game

BBC’s David Beckham For The Love of The Game

BBC has struck a deal with Mango TV in China to bring select content from the British broadcaster to Chinese homes via the internet.

The deal will see Mango TV subscribers get access to specially curated documentary and preschool content from the BBC.

The deal comes five months after the two companies signed a strategic partnership agreement, and despite limited presence in China for overseas media companies.

The shows will include Tigers About the House, in which a man raises Sumatran tiger cubs in his family home, medical affairs show Trust Me, I’m a Doctor and animated series, The Numtums.

Prior to the deal, Mango TV had bought the exclusive rights to a series of premium sports-related documentaries including David Beckham For The Love of The Game.

Kelvin Yau, GM of BBC Worldwide (Greater China), commented on the deal: “We are very pleased that our relationship with Mango TV has grown quickly since we signed our MOU in October 2015. Besides this deal, we are also deep in discussions with Mango TV to explore production and format opportunities particularly in iconic BBC documentaries, factual entertainment programmes, dramas and films targeting the Chinese and global market. We look forward to making more new exciting announcements in the next few months.”

The news emerges the week after China’s government said that only Chinese-owned companies will be allowed to publish online and foreign media must gain permission from the state before publishing.

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