She makes a reference to the censorship in the region, saying: Competitors are outperforming us. This is an important turning point for BBC Chinese, and I firmly believe that this new strategy will enable us to deliver what we need to both the audience and the BBC licence fee payer.
The BBC, which does not have the financial flexibility to stage a buyout on its own, held talks with ITV and Channel 4but the day window to make a bid expired in June with no partner on board.
It is understood the BBC and Discovery have all but agreed a deal to instead break up UKTV, which has operated since the early s, splitting the channels between them. It is not clear how the mix of channels will be divided but those most filled with BBC archive content, such as Drama and Gold, would be obvious candidates to remain with the corporation.
If a final agreement can be reached, a BBC board meeting later in September is thought to be when the plan would need final approval. Netflix and Amazon become more popular than pay-TV services Read more Much of the blame for the delay has centred on the BBC splitting the video-on-demand rights to its programmes, with the corporation packaging up different deals for UKTV and others such as Netflix.
Channel 4 stands to lose potentially tens of millions of pounds in revenues, depending on what channels are secured by Discovery, which has its TV ad sales contract with Sky.
Channel 4 and the BBC have been in talks for months about a potential partnershipincluding video-on-demand rights, which would be able to be hammered out after the fate of UKTV is known.
It was hoped that partners including Channel 4 would come on board for a UK service, but a British launch did not take place.
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