Los Angeles, Calif. – June 17, 2013 – FOX International Channels (FIC), News Corporation's international pay-TV unit, today announced the launch of FOX Sports in Italy this coming August. The new network will broadcast the recently secured BPL, Spanish La Liga, French Ligue and FA Cup alongside a slate of signature news and sports talk shows.
The move follows FIC's ongoing expansion into sports, which over the past two years included new launches of FOX Sports in Brazil and Japan, the acquisition of a majority stake in Eredivisie Live in the Netherlands and the conversion of Star-ESPN to FOX Sports throughout South East Asia. Under FIC's stewardship, FOX Sports has rapidly swelled from 17 million households outside of the United States in 2010 to over 64 million subscribers presently.
Hernan Lopez, President and CEO of FIC commented: "Our goal is to bring all the passion of FOX Sports to the most passionate sports fans around the world - and in this ranking, Italy comes high up on the list."
FOX Sports is known worldwide as an innovator in the areas of production, news and presentation. It has quickly set a new standard of excellence in recently launched markets, introducing modern and bold production value and engaging commentary and presenters.
ABOUT FOX INTERNATIONAL CHANNELS
FOX International Channels (FIC) is News Corporation's international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 300+ wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports, movie and lifestyle channels across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, in 48 languages. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 1.6 billion cumulative households worldwide.
FIC is dedicated to delivering high quality US content to its global viewers. We acquire, develop, produce and co-produce scripted and non-scripted programming for our linear and digital platforms including David Goyer's Da Vinci's Demons, The Bridge and the Golden Globes nominated hit series The Walking Dead. In the past five years FIC pioneered a global release strategy and is the first and only international TV company to release TV series in 120 countries at the same time as the US. In addition FIC owns and operates two production studios that produce hundreds of local programming hours for its wholly owned channels and third parties.