Helsinki – January 17, 2012 – Fox International Channels (FIC), which distributes TV channels and digital services worldwide and is the sister company of 20th Century Fox Studios, has announced today the acquisition of the Finnish FTA TV Channel, Suomi TV, expanding the company's Nordic presence into Finland.
The acquisition of Suomi TV is the latest step in FIC's ongoing Nordic growth strategy and represents FIC's continued commitment to the region. FIC Nordic has expanded its operations rapidly over the last year launching its first entertainment channel in Norway, Fox Crime, and consolidating the Nordic distribution of its factual channels: National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel HD, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Wild HD.
This investment in Finnish broadcast, and FIC's continued expansion throught Europe further establishes FIC as a leading player in the Nordic media entertainment market.
FIC's 18 entertainment and factual channels, anchored by the Fox and National Geographic brands, are worldwide leaders in their segments and FIC will bring this expertise as a leading TV content provider and producer to Suomi TV.
"Suomi TV represents a new step in our strategy of expanding with dedicated local resources and talent. Entering the Finnish market with the strong distribution of Suomi TV provides a unique opportunity to make our high quality factual and entertainment programming available to the Finnish viewer. It's an exciting move that strengthens our presence in the Nordic region", says Jesús Perezagua, President Fox International Channels Europe.
"We are delighted to start 2012 by making Suomi TV part of the FIC Nordic family. This is a important step for FIC in the Nordic region and makes FIC's commitment to our market clear. Our investment in Suomi TV will deliver a great channel for Finnish viewers. A channel that will reflect local Finnish interests and culture. Step by step, we will introduce more high quality content and increase broadcasting hours, so come experience Suomi TV, you will love what you see!" says Ase Ytreland, Managing Director of Fox International Channels for Nordic & Baltic Regions.
"We are so pleased that Suomi TV will be able to regain its vitality and local relevance with FIC's involment in the channel . They have tremendous TV experience and a proven track record that we now can benefit from. We are all very excited about this opportunity", says Miikka Muurinen, Chief Operating Officer Suomi TV.
Initially, Suomi TV will offer both fiction and factual entertainment including marquee series from National Geographic, such as "Mega Factories", which goes inside the world's most iconic European brands; "Shark Men", following a group of experts unlocking the secrets of Great White sharks; "Inside", featuring incredible access to some of the world's most provocative stories; "Banged Up Abroad", first-hand accounts of a successful NG production about the problems of citizens condemned in foreign countries, and "Jurassic CSI", a series of amazing Paleontology investigations featuring location shooting and cutting-edge CGI.
These series will complement the existing Suomi TV content, and additional new programming will be introduced in the months ahead, gradually expanding the number of daily broadcast hours.
About Fox International Channels (FIC)
FOX International Channels (FIC) is News Corporation's international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 350+ 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 1.1 billion households worldwide. We also operate a global online advertising unit, .FOX ("dot-fox") specialized in online video and display, and four TV production houses. FIC operates two local offices in the Nordic region, in Copenhagen and Oslo, with 22 local staff, and an office in Tallin with 8 staff. The company operates and manages 4 different National Geographic channels in the Nordic countries, Baby TV and the entertainment channel Fox Crime in Norway, in addiction to all 4 National Geographic Channels and Fox Life and Fox Crime in the Baltics.
Launched in Finland in December 2009, the Finnish free-to-air network Suomi TV can be received through terrestrial or cable network and it has a must-carry status and a penetration of 99,9 % among the Finnish population. Programming includes a variety of contents such as entertainment, talk shows, series, documentaries, factual, daily news and horse race. Suomi TV inaugurates in January 2012 a new era under the management of Fox International Channels (FIC), a Fox Entertainment Group company that also manages 183 wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports and movie channels across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Among them, the TV brands distributed in the Nordic region and Baltics, such as National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel HD, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Wild HD, the entertainment channels Fox Crime and Fox Life and the channel for children Baby TV.
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