Sydney, Australia – Australian television (TV) channel provider Fetch has announced that two channels will be added to its AU$6/month ‘Kids Pack’ channel package, namely BBC Kids and Nick Music.
BBC Kids is the kids-oriented channel from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the United Kingdom, and features kid-oriented comedy and entertainment shows such as dance drama ‘The Next Step’, football drama Jamie Johnson featuring cameos by some of the UK’s biggest soccer stars; adaptations of British comedian David Walliams’ hilarious best-selling children’s novels Gangsta Granny and Mr Stink, among others.
BBC Kids, targeted at kids age 6 to 10, is the seventh channel to be added in Fetch’s channel list of BBC Channels, including BBC First, UKTV, BBC Earth, BBC Brit, BBC World News, and CBeebies on the Fetch service. Fetch also recently added subscription video on demand (SVOD) service BritBox, which is a JV between BBC Studios and fellow British media company ITV.
On the other hand, Nick Kids is a dedicated 24-hour music channel for kids by the kids channel Nickelodeon, featuring chart-topping hits by the world’s most popular artists, from Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Sia and Taylor Swift.
Tim Christlieb, director of branded services at BBC Studios ANZ, said, “We are delighted to launch this new virtual playlist channel on Fetch which fits perfectly with our pre-school channel CBeebies, offering a destination for older kids to enjoy a diverse range of programming all with the hallmark of BBC quality.”
Sam Hall, chief content and commercial officer at Fetch TV, commented, “Fetch TV is excited to be the Australian launch partner for BBC Kids, and to further extend our partnership with BBC Studios demonstrating our commitment to offering quality British content.”
Slated for launch on April 24th, Nick Kids joins fellow channels Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., bringing the total ViacomCBS subscription channels on the platform to nine, including Spike, Comedy Central, MTV, MTV Classic, MTV Music and MTV Dance.
“We know Aussie kids love music, so we wanted to create a safe place for them to be able to watch their favorite artists and listen to chart-topping hits from around the world, curated just for them. Nick Music is a channel kids will love, and parents can trust,” said Beverley McGarvey, chief content officer and EVP for ANZ at ViacomCBS.
BBC Kids and Nick Music will fill in the void kid channels Cartoon Network and Boomerang will leave, as they announced that they will be leaving the Fetch platform on April 23.