February 2, 2012

BBC Worldwide and Link TV Join Forces on Documentary and News Programming

New York, NY – BBC Worldwide America’s Sales & Distribution division today announced a licensing deal with international news and cultural programming network LINK TV for a compelling line-up of BBC Worldwide documentaries, including the fascinating series, Tribal Wives and a selection of shows from Panorama, the BBC’s celebrated investigative and current affairs strand.  Tribal Wives is a docu-series that follows six women who give up their everyday lives to spend a month living with some of the world’s most remote tribes. The show offers viewers a rare and unique window into tribal culture, and, in turn, the tribe’s perception of western culture and their views on the visiting members.  Tribal Wives premieres on Link TV this Saturday, February 4that 10:30pm EST / 7:30pm PST with an encore airing on Sunday, February 5th at 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST.  The series airs Saturdays and Sundays at the same times through March 11th , and will be repeated throughout the year.

Additional titles include Toughest Place to Be, a series that takes ordinary people with ordinary jobs, and asks them to work with locals in places that are wildly different from what they’re used to: from an ambulance paramedic in Guatemala City to a midwife in Liberia, Africa.  Toughest Place to Be premieres on Link TV on Sunday February 5th at 11:00pm EST / 8:00pm PST.  The series airs Sundays at the same time through February 19th.

From BBC’s renowned Panorama strand of investigative docs, Land of Anarchy offers a glimpse into a land of war, banditry, and piracy – Somalia.  Reporter Peter Greste travels to Mogadishu to meet those who attempt to live amid a deadly civil war. Panorama’sLand of Anarchypremieres on Link TV on Sunday, February 26th at 7:00pm EST / 4:00pm PST with a repeat broadcast on Friday, March 2nd at 11:00pm EST / 8:00pm PST.  Also from PanoramaMugabe’s Blood Diamonds takes viewers deep into Zimbabwe’s Marange diamond fields and uncovers shocking evidence of torture camps and wide-scale killings. As the international community argues over whether these diamonds should be sold on the open market, Panorama asks if President Robert Mugabe will ever face prosecution for these crimes.  Mugabe’s Blood Diamonds will premiere on Link TV on Sunday, March 4th at 7:00pm EST / 4:00pm PST with an encore showing on Friday, March 9 at 11:00pm EST / 8:00pm PST.  Finally, Secret Pakistan is a timely and shocking investigation into how the nation’s government and intelligence agency, the ISI, have helped build the insurgency in Afghanistan and continue to control and manipulate it for its own purposes.  Watch out for the premiere of this two-part documentary coming to Link TV on Sunday, March 18th at 7:00pm EST / 4:00pm PST and Sunday, March 25th at 7:00pm EST / 4:00pm PST.The shows will repeat on Friday, March 23 at 11:00pm EST / 8:00pm PST and Friday, March 30 at 11:00pm EST / 8:00pm PST, respectively.

Says Paul Mason, Link TV’s CEO: ‘LinkTV has been bringing hard-hitting BBC investigative documentaries and original series to American audiences for 12 years.  We are proud and delighted to continue this relationship, especially given that so many quality BBC programs are available in the US via LinkTV.’

Matt Forde, EVP of Sales & Distribution, BBC Worldwide said: “BBC Worldwide and valued partner, Link TV share a passion for quality, factual programming that take viewers deep into worlds far from our western society.  The collection of shows Link TV has licensed offer profiles of real people who live in the news stories we consume every day in newspapers, on TV, and online.”