Oslo – March 18, 2011 – FOX International Channels (FIC) today announced the, launch of FOX Crime into Norway, the group's first entertainment TV channel in the market. The channel will feature the best of crime and investigation entertainment programming and will be available through Riks TV and Altibox from March 21st.
FOX Crime's launch in Norway is a key part of FIC's strategy to grow its Nordic operation and to bring Norwegian and Nordic viewers the world's best entertainment and factual programming. Today FIC distributes a diverse bouquet of entertainment and factual channels worldwide anchored by the FOX and National Geographic brands.
"We are very pleased to increase our presence in the Nordic market with the launch of our first entertainment channel. FOX Crime has been tremendously successful globally by offering some of the best crime and investigation content from the US and around the world on one dedicated channel. The launch of FOX Crime in Norway is a key step in our Nordic expansion strategy. Norway is full of potential, and welcomes innovation. We look forward to expanding our local business there," says Jesús Perezagua, President Fox International Channels Europe.
"We are delighted to introduce FOX Crime to Norwegian viewers," says Ase Ytreland, Managing Director of Fox International Channels for Nordic & Baltic Regions. "FOX Crime is the first and only dedicated crime entertainment channel in Scandinavia. It's a strong international channel that we have tailored specifically to the Norwegian market - a winning combination that we think will resonate with Norwegian viewers. FIC is fully committed to Norway - as the establishment of a local office, the hiring of local staff, and now the launch of FOX Crime clearly demonstrate. We plan to become a strong local player offering the world's best fiction and factual programming to Norwegian viewers."
FOX Crime currently reaches nearly 14 million households in 67 countries. The channel targets a 18-49 year old audience. In Norway, the channel will broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week with Norwegian subtitles..
FOX Crime will be the home of crime and investigation entertainment in Norway, with a selection of the best European and American series and movies that the genre can offer.
The channel will introduce a number of new series to Norway - from "The Glades", which premiered as A&E network's highest-rated original program ever in the USA, to "Rubicon" which did the same for AMC network at the time of its premiere, to the much-anticipated and highly acclaimed series "The Walking Dead". Nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Drama Series of 2010 and based on the eponymous comic book by Robert Kirkman, "The Walking Dead" is produced by acclaimed three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont and is the highest-rated US cable show ever.
FOX Crime Norway will also feature the Norwegian premiere of new seasons of some of the best crime and investigation series - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", "Fringe", "Monk", "The Bridge" and "Warehouse 13" - and iconic crime series including "The Sopranos", "Crossing Jordan", "Las Vegas", and "The Pretender".
Cinema lovers will also enjoy Fox Crime's uninterrupted weekend movies - a selection of the genre's best titles.
About Fox International Channels (FIC)
FOX International Channels (FIC) is News Corporation's international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 200+ wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports and movie channels across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, in 35 languages. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions reach over 390 million subscribing households worldwide. FIC also operates a global online advertising unit, .FOX ("dot-fox") specialized in online video and display, and four TV production houses. In the Nordics, FIC manages 4 different National Geographic channels regionally and FOX Crime in Norway. The group has offices in Copenhagen and Oslo, and employs 21 local staff.
FOX Crime is an entertainment channel entirely dedicated to crime and investigation. Originally developed in-house by FIC in Italy, where it is the highest-rated basic channel on the Sky platform, the service has since been exported to 67 countries and now reaches close to 14 million homes in Norway, the Balkans, Bulgaria, Baltics, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine and the CIS, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and across South East Asia. It is also available in HD in select markets.
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