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SmarDTV first to embed a Conax Cardless Client in a Conditional Access Module (CAM)

  • Based on SmarDTV’s CAP210 chipset, meeting Conax’ comprehensive requirements for Cardless and Smartcard-based security clients
  • Compatible with Conax Contego unified security back-end accommodating seamless co-existence of Smartcard and Cardless security clients
  • Upgradable to latest CI Plus version 1.4.2 and CI Plus ECP (Enhanced Content Protection) specification

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland – August 21st 2017 – SmarDTV S.A., a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company, today announced the commercial availability of a new Cardless CAM product embedding robust Conax content protection. The new CAM is designed to reduce subscriber acquisition costs, providing a mean for subscribers to instantly access pay-TV services by inserting the CAM in the TV – thus simplifying the onboarding for end-users.

The new SmarCAM-5.0 leverages fundamental innovations in embedded silicon and device security, offering robustness across a broad range of security profiles. It will provide the market with a highly secure Cardless solution utilizing a unique combination of hardware and software security resulting in a high level of protection not available in pure software solutions. Conax Cardless technology utilizes a dedicated secure processor and hardware root-of-trust to enable a multi-layered security architecture providing a highly secure and cost efficient platform for Cardless CAM.

SmarCAM-5.0 includes an innovative plastic casing designed by the SmarDTV Design Studio to accommodate a wide range of colors and textures providing pay-TV operators and distributors with a broad spectrum of branding options for the retail market.

This new generation of module is upgradable to the latest CI Plus ECP specification, designed to secure premium content on 4K/HDR.

“SmarDTV is pleased to be the first to provide a Conax Cardless CAM – a result of close collaboration with Conax for developing an innovative new product that contributes to reducing cost without compromising on security. We are excited to bring a revolutionary CAM to the market – a more visually plug-in based on SmarDTV expertise in designing sophisticated, secure devices”, commented Pascal Lenoir, CEO of SmarDTV.

About SmarDTV
SmarDTV, a Kudelski Group company, is an international leader in pay television technology. SmarDTV designs and manufactures a large range of set-top box solutions and CI / CI-Plus plug-in modules which enable access to premium digital pay-TV whether delivered through broadcast or broadband IP. A founding member of CI Plus Forum, SmarDTV is headquartered in Switzerland with development and sales offices in France, Germany, Singapore, India and Taiwan. Please visit www.smardtv.com for more information.

Contact:
Nadine Favennec
SmarDTV
+33 4 42 83 8000
Nadine.favennec@smardtv.com

U.S. pay TV subscriber losses come in better than expected at 976,00 in Q2’17, Kagan Report Shows

Kagan Releases Second Quarter U.S. Multichannel Subscriber Report

At 976,000 U.S. pay TV subscriber losses come in better than expected in second quarter

Monterey, CA (August 15, 2017) – The legacy multichannel universe lost a record number of customers in the quarter ended June 30, 2017, but managed to keep the decline below the symbolic 1-million threshold. At the mid-year mark, however, the trajectory continues to point to an unprecedented annual decline according to data compiled by Kagan, a group within S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Overall, traditional multichannel subscriptions dropped below 96.1 million in the second quarter, down 1.8 million since year-end 2016. Adding the top two virtual service providers (VSPs) affiliated with legacy multichannel distributors –DISH Network’s Sling TV and AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW – lifts the combined total subscriptions to a package of live linear channels and on-demand content to 98 million.

Additional takeaways from Kagan’s 2nd-quarter U.S. Multichannel Subscriber report:

  • Cable operators lost 246,000 total video customers. Following the sizable first-quarter drop, total losses at the mid-year mark are up 55.6% annually.
  • Traditional satellite services took a hit in the second quarter, posting an estimated net loss of 443,000 subscriptions to retreat below the 33 million threshold for the first time since 2010.
  • Total traditional video subs on the telco platform dropped to 10.9 million, declining 10.9% annually. With AT&T emphasizing DIRECTV as its primary delivery platform, U-verse accounted for two thirds of the decline.
  • Based on figures compiled from U.S. Census reports, a calculated 75.8% of the potential residential universe subscribe to a legacy multichannel product in the second-quarter.

About S&P Global Market Intelligence

At S&P Global Market Intelligence, we know that not all information is important—some of it is vital. Accurate, deep and insightful. We integrate financial and industry data, research and news into tools that help track performance, generate alpha, identify investment ideas, understand competitive and industry dynamics, perform valuations and assess credit risk. Investment professionals, government agencies, corporations and universities globally can gain the intelligence essential to making business and financial decisions with conviction.

S&P Global Market Intelligence a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit www.spglobal.com/marketintelligence.

Media Contact
Christina Twomey
S&P Global Market Intelligence
+1 (212) 438.0967
Christina.twomey@spglobal.com

AsiaSat and Eurovision Media Services to deliver Taipei 2017 Universiade on AsiaSat 5

Hong Kong, 15 August 2017 – Eurovision Media Services, in collaboration with its long-term satellite partner, Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), will use AsiaSat 5 to deliver the Taipei 2017 Universiade across the Asia Pacific.

The 29th Summer Universiade is an international sporting and cultural event staged biennially, with Taipei as this year’s host city between 19th to 30 th of August. The Universiade will include 21 competitive sports as well as one demonstration sport throughout 12 days of competitions, attended by talented youth athletes from around the world.

Since 1999 Eurovision Media Services and AsiaSat have enjoyed a successful partnership that delivers top quality sports content to broadcasters and TV networks in 4K and HD. This new delivery on AsiaSat 5, Asia’s most popular OU service platform, sees the strong relationship continuing into the future with other major events to come. AsiaSat 5 currently provides access to more than 800 million households via terrestrial networks and pay TV platforms in the Asia Pacific.

“We are very pleased to be working with Eurovision Media Services again, our long-standing partner in creating value for customers and their audiences, especially where it comes to AsiaSat’s strength in delivering high quality live sports coverage,” said Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat.

“We’re delighted to continue our collaboration with AsiaSat to deliver top quality, reliable services for major sporting events in the Asia Pacific,” said Graham Warren, Chief Operating Officer of Eurovision.

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About Eurovision Media Services

Eurovision Media Services – the business arm of the European Broadcasting Union – has a global reputation and is the first choice media services provider for many media organizations and sports federations around the world. We provide innovative services across the value chain from content production and broadcast services to content distribution and permanent circuits. We produce and deliver premium live sports, news and entertainment events around the world on all platforms (TV, radio and online). Discover more about Eurovision Media Services on www.eurovision.net

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world’s population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company’s satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched at the end of September 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com | LinkedIn | Facebook | Mobile App

Media Contacts:

Eurovision Media Services
Shannon Williams, Market Analyst & Communications Manager
Tel: +41 22 717 23 70 | Email: shannon.williams@eurovision.net

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited

Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: +852 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

AsiaSat 5 provides access to more than 800 million households via terrestrial networks and pay TV platforms in the Asia Pacific

AsiaSat 5 provides access to more than 800 million households via
terrestrial networks and pay TV platforms in the Asia Pacific

Chinese Children Choose CBeebies

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10.08.2017: Following the success of Sherlock and Planet Earth II in China, CBeebies programming is the latest British cultural export to be taking the country by storm.

Increasing numbers of Chinese children are tuning into CBeebies favourites including Hey Duggee and Go Jetters as British kid’s programmes prove popular throughout the nation.

Figures released today by BBC Worldwide show that BAFTA and International Emmy® Award-winning Hey Duggee has racked up more than 200 million views on China’s online video platforms including Tencent and iQIYI since its launch on the sites in April and May respectively.

On iQIYI alone, CBeebies content has been viewed over 166 million times since the provider became the first digital platform in China to offer a ‘block’ of 37 CBeebies titles branded under 思贝斯 (sī bèi sī) in May. This comes after iQIYI licensed 300 hours of children’s content from BBC Worldwide earlier this year including Dinopaws and Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures.

These successes follow the recent involvement of Go Jetters in the Children’s Day Gala 2017 organised by state broadcaster China Central Television’s children’s channel (CCTV 14). Characters from the globally popular animation series took part in the annual parade which was broadcast to an audience of 110 million and saw over 200 million streams on mobile streaming platforms – triple the viewership record of the previous year.

Tim Davie, Chief Executive, BBC Worldwide, said, ‘Twenty years ago we had great success taking Teletubbies to international audiences. Now Hey Duggee and Go Jetters are the new British kids shows enthralling children all around the world.’

Kelvin Yau, General Manager for China, said, ‘Chinese children love CBeebies for the stories and characters. Their parents love it because they know the content is always suitable and helps their children to learn while having fun.’

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For more information, please contact:

Jeanne Leong
Director, Communications, Asia
Jeanne.Leong@bbc.com
+65 6849 5292

Foxtel Welcomes Conviction and Sentencing of Subscription TV Pirate

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Foxtel has welcomed the sentencing of a Sydney man for his role in the selling of unauthorised access to Foxtel services.

Haidar Majid Salam Al Baghdadi, 33 years old, was convicted of criminal offences relating to charges of operating an illegal network that allowed more than 8000 people across Australia to access Foxtel subscription television broadcasts for free. A Sydney court has sentenced Al Baghdadi to serve an 18 month suspended jail term for carrying out the offenses.

The conviction and sentencing are the result of on-going joint antipiracy investigations involving the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Foxtel investigators, and Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security. The three organisations uncovered an organised criminal network responsible for committing a wide-range of intellectual property theft of Foxtel services.

Foxtel’s CEO, Peter Tonagh, said, “Foxtel welcomes today’s court ruling and hopes it sends a strong signal that this type of activity is illegal. Foxtel takes intellectual property theft very seriously as it severely undermines the creative industry including every business and individual that works so hard to deliver us the movies, sport, drama and entertainment we love.

“Foxtel conducts ongoing investigations into the theft of Foxtel programming and we are proud to work so closely with the AFP and our partners at Irdeto to ensure the full force of the law is applied to protect our content.”

Rory O’Connor, Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Services at Irdeto, said, “This conviction is another step forward in the global fight against online piracy. The seriousness of these crimes should not be underestimated and this result is further proof that piracy will not be tolerated. Partnerships like this play a crucial role in not only detecting these pirate networks, but ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Foxtel looks forward to continuing work with the rest of the Australian media industry to address the issue of piracy in Australia.

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About Foxtel

Foxtel is one of Australia’s most progressive and dynamic media companies, directly employing around 2,800 people and delivering a diverse subscription television service over cable, satellite and broadband distribution. Foxtel effortlessly connects Australians to all the stories they love by offering a better entertainment experience every day to more than 2.8 million subscribing homes through delivery of new and inspiring programming across all genres, the world’s most popular channel brands, and investment in high quality local content. As constant champions of innovation we have brought customers the iQ personal digital recorder; Australia’s largest HD channel offering; the Foxtel App for tablets and mobile devices; internet TV service, Foxtel Now; and television, broadband and home phone bundles with Foxtel internet and voice services delivered over Australia’s largest telecommunications network. Foxtel is owned by Telstra Corporation Limited ACN 051 775 556 (50%) and News Corporation (50%).

Irdeto. Building a Secure Future.™

Irdeto is the world leader in digital platform security, protecting platforms and applications for media & entertainment, automotive and IoT connected industries. Our solutions and services enable customers to protect their revenue, create new offerings and fight cybercrime. With nearly 50 years of expertise in security, Irdeto’s software security technology and cyber services protect over 5 billion devices and applications for some of the world’s best known brands. Our unique heritage as a subsidiary of multinational media group Naspers (JSE: NPN) means that we are a well-established and reliable partner to help build a more secure future. Please visit Irdeto at www.irdeto.com.

Media enquiries:

Foxtel
David Sims
david.sims@foxtel.com.au
(02) 9813 7577 / 0409 928 209

Irdeto
Stephen Russell
Stephen.Russell@irdeto.com
+1 774 273 3890

Martin Clunes & A Lion Called Mugie

Martin Clunes joins a mission set to make wildlife history by returning endangered lions to a remote part of Kenya in a documentary to be exclusively broadcast on ITV Choice.

It is 25 years since lions roamed in the Kora National Reserve where legendary conservationist George Adamson set up a camp to rescue lions and release them back into the wild. The heartbreaking but successful story of rescuing orphaned cub Elsa became internationally famous in the blockbuster film Born Free, based on the iconic book written by George’s wife Joy.

Tony Fitzjohn worked closely with George, and continues to work in wildlife conservation. He has lovingly rebuilt George’s original camp, Kampi Ya Simba, in the Kora National Reserve, abandoned after he was murdered by Somali bandits in 1989. Tony picks up where he and George left off all those years ago, with the aim of releasing captive and orphaned lions back into the wild with the support of the Kenya Wildlife Service.

British actor Martin Clunes has had a close friendship with Tony since they met 20 years ago when they released Nina, a zoo elephant, back into the wild. In this documentary Martin travels to Kenya to visit Tony and to meet his first lion cub to be brought to the Kora camp for 25 years.

Martin says: “Although elephants and rhinos get most of the publicity, lions in Africa are facing an equally serious crisis. While there are about 500,000 elephants left on the continent, there are only 30,000 lions. If something isn’t done, they could die out in the wild in less than ten years.”

“Three years ago a mission began to bring lions back to a remote Kenyan wilderness. From day one I have had the privilege of being a witness to this story. It’s one that stirred deep childhood memories, brought great highs and awful lows. This is the true story of one animal’s big adventure, and one man’s dream.”

Tony Fitzjohn says: “In the 24 years I’ve been away, lions themselves are becoming an endangered species and it’s only in the centre of some very well protected areas or national parks you still get lions. But to be able to do something for lions again, in my world, if there’s a gap or an offer to do something, you just go for it. You can’t say no.”

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Tata Sky Blogbuster launched on Tata Sky’s 11th anniversary

Mumbai, August 8, 2017: On its 11th anniversary, Tata Sky the fastest growing brand in the DTH industry and a pioneer of innovative services, introduced Tata Sky Blogbuster – Tata Sky’s first ever official blog. The blog will bring to you interesting and engaging content and story-telling in the field of entertainment.

Tata Sky Blogbuster will cover original and exclusive pieces of content on trending topics in the field of movies & television entertainment. The topics on the blog range from Lifestyle, Sports, Entertainment, Regional content, Self-help and DIY too. The blog will also keep its viewers entertained and engaged through videos, interactive games, listicles and much more.

Over the last 11 years, Tata Sky has revolutionised Indian home entertainment by ensuring to bring pioneering experiences to customers that not only delight but also ease their ways of life. Features such as PVR (Personal Video Recorder) set-top box, to first ever Daily Recharge vouchers or DIY (Do-It-Yourself) videos and an array of successful interactive services have established Tata Sky as a brand to eagerly look forward to. Therefore, living up to its promise of offering Indian subscribers a world-class television viewing experience, through its satellite television service.

Be sure to check us at http://blogbuster.tatasky.com/

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About Tata Sky

Tata Sky Limited (‘Tata Sky’) is a joint venture between the Tata Sons and 21st Century Fox. Incorporated in 2001 and launched services in 2006, Tata Sky is India’s leading content distribution platform providing Pay TV and OTT services. With the objective of connecting to the best content in the world on any budget, any screen, anytime and anywhere, Tata Sky was the first to launch multiple products and services that redefined the subscribers viewing experience in the country.

Tata Sky has been a pioneer in the HD Set top box segment having significant market share in the category. It has been continuously adding new channels and platform services across various genres and languages to beef up its content offering to cater to all segments of the audience. Tata Sky currently has its footprints spread across 1.5 lakh towns with over 17 million connections in India.
For more information on Tata Sky, visit www.tatasky.com

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Tata Sky:
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BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT: Candid documentary chronicling the life of the billionaire investor premieres August 13 on HBO SIGNATURE

The HBO Documentary Will Also Stream On HBO GO.

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SINGAPORE, AUGUST 4, 2017 – With a net worth of more than US$60 billion, Warren Buffett is truly a one-of-a-kind billionaire. Now 86, the legendary investor still lives in a modest home in Omaha, and continues to drive himself to the office every morning to manage Berkshire Hathaway, the fourth-largest public company in the world. But more surprising than his humble lifestyle and self-effacing personality are Buffett’s moral integrity and unique mind, which drove him not only to become the most successful businessman in the world, but also an unparalleled philanthropist.

With unprecedented access to his day-to-day personal life, BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT tells the improbable story of how an ambitious, numbers-obsessed boy from Nebraska became one of the richest, most-respected men in the world. The definitive documentary on Buffett, this candid portrait sheds new light on a man who has helped shape the way Americans view capitalism and, more recently, philanthropy. Told primarily in Buffett’s own words, the film features never-before-released home videos, family photographs, archival footage and interviews with family and friends. This HBO Original Documentary Film premieres Sunday, August 13 at 10pm (SIN) on HBO SIGNATURE and will also stream on HBO GO.

Tracing Warren Buffett’s ascent from first-time investor to business maven, the documentary delves into the highs and lows of his career and personal life, from becoming a father of three and the world’s richest businessman, to weathering the Salomon Brothers treasury bond trading scandal, which threatened his sterling reputation, and the loss of his wife and first love, Susie Thompson Buffett.

“I like numbers,” Buffet tells a group of Omaha Central High School students. “It started before I can remember.” A voracious reader, the seven-year-old read the library book “One Thousand Ways to Make $1000,” and made extra cash selling Coca-Cola, gum and newspapers as a youth. His father, a salesman who survived the Depression, was elected to Congress when Warren was 12, moving the family to Washington. Displaced and unhappy, Warren lost interest in academics and faltered, despite his love of learning and competitive spirit.

After attending the University of Nebraska at his father’s insistence, he interviewed for Harvard Business School and was turned down. The rejection was propitious: Buffett discovered that two of his financial idols, Ben Graham and David Dodd, taught at Columbia, and after writing them a letter, was accepted there. From Graham he learned the “two rules of investing”: “Rule #1: Never lose money. Rule #2: Never forget Rule #1.”

Buffett, along with partner Charlie Munger, would build his fortune at Berkshire Hathaway, a struggling textile company that he turned into a behemoth holding corporation with stakes in Coke, Heinz, Geico and other blue-chip companies.

Buffett’s exemplary moral principles and passion are at the heart of his success. “He truly loves to do what he does,” says former Fortune editor Carol Loomis. After the death of Susie, whom Buffett credits with raising their children, as well as making him appreciate civil rights and philanthropy, he emerged from a period of mourning in 2006 to announce that most of his fortune would be given to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, an unprecedented act of philanthropy.

Though his accomplishments attest to his excellence, Buffett contends that he “won the ovarian lottery” by being born who he was, when he was and where he was. “For over 60 years, I’ve been able to tap dance to work, doing what I love doing,” he tells the Omaha Central High School students. “I just feel very, very lucky.”

Kunhardt Films’ HBO credits include the Emmy®-nominated “Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words,” the Emmy®-nominated “Gloria: In Her Own Words,” the Emmy®-winning “Teddy: In His Own Words” and this year’s Emmy®-winning “Jim: The James Foley Story.”

A co-production of HBO and Kunhardt Films, BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT is directed by Peter Kunhardt and produced by Teddy Kunhardt and George Kunhardt. For HBO: senior producer Jacqueline Glover; executive producer Sheila Nevins.

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ABOUT HBO ASIA
Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes that are produced exclusively for HBO viewers. Wholly owned by HBO (a Time Warner company), HBO Asia reaches 23 territories across Asia and offers a bouquet of channels and services including five 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels in standard-definition and high-definition – HBO, HBO SIGNATURE, HBO FAMILY, HBO HITS and CINEMAX – as well as a 24-hour Asian movie channel, RED by HBO, and other services such as HBO GO, HBO ON DEMAND and 鼎级剧场 (ding ji ju chang) in China. HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst and the DreamWorks channel in Asia. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.

For more information, please contact HBO Asia:

Karen Lai
Senior Director, Communications
Tel: (65) 6381 1796
Email: karen.lai@hboasia.com

Cheryl Foong
Manager, Communications
Tel: (65) 6381 1838
Email: chery.foong@hboasia.com

Chan Zi Ning
Executive, Communications
Tel: (65) 6381 1746
Email: zining.chan@hboasia.com

The BBC’s international news services mark 70 years of Partition

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, India’s independence from the British Raj and the creation of an independent Pakistan, the BBC’s international news services – BBC World Service, BBC World News television and the website bbc.com/news – present a season of special features and programmes.

Using timelines, memoirs and testimonies, BBC World Service reports in English, Bangla, Hindi, Urdu and other languages on the reasons and events that led to Partition, and how, once the borders were drawn, millions were forced to migrate, hundreds of thousands lost their lives, and human relations and identities were altered forever. In live broadcasts, the BBC also connects people in India and Pakistan to celebrate the things that unite the two nations.

A timeline featuring rare archive photos, video and audio documents, explains the events that led to Partition. An innovative animation about Sir Cyril Radcliffe – the man responsible for drawing the borders on behalf of the British Raj – aims to explain why he drew the line as he did, causing one of the biggest upheavals in the history of mankind.

There are also personal stories of loss – of loved ones, of identities, of homes and belongings. A dramatic animation from BBC Hindi tells a heartbreaking love story – one of so many at a time when, because of conflict and uncertainty or because of their religion, people were forced to part.

Among millions across the subcontinent, whose families were uprooted in the wake of Partition, are the Indian politician, L K Advani; Pakistan’s former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif; Indian actors, Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor. In a video series filmed earlier this summer, the BBC takes a look at what happened to their homes and how their old neighbours remember their families.

In the story of a man in India and a woman in Pakistan – both of whom, due to stringent visa rules, haven’t been able to visit their ancestral homes on the other side of the border – the BBC locates their old houses. As they finally see their old homes via Skype, the ensuing moments of recognition prove emotional.

BBC Bangla brings another perspective, such as a personal account of a Bengali-speaking Muslim who migrated to what became East Pakistan as a result of Partition, an of an Urdu-speaking Muslim who migrated in 1947, hoping to make a life in what was then East Pakistan and ending up in an independent Bangladesh in 1971. Unable to return to India or go to Pakistan, he still feels stranded in a place he did not choose for himself. BBC Bangla will look in depth at why Urdu-speaking Indian Muslims who migrated to what was then East Pakistan are marginalised in today’s Bangladesh and why even the Bangladesh-born generation of Urdu-speakers are struggling to assimilate themselves into mainstream Bangladeshi society.

The season also celebrates the things that unite India and Pakistan, explores the countries’ common history and culture, and their shared aspirations. The BBC’s Divya Arya in Lucknow and Shumaila Jaffery in Rawalpindi will connect, via a satellite link, two schools in India and Pakistan, to look at the way the shared history is taught in the two countries. The aim of another live event, co-hosted by the BBC’s Rajesh Joshi in Delhi and Wusat Ullah Khan in Karachi, is to bring together the two countries’ young poets and musicians so they can share their idea of peaceful and prosperous India and Pakistan. Both events will be broadcast as Facebook Lives and will be packaged for TV and radio audiences.

A series of high-profile interviews on BBC Urdu will focus on Pakistan’s state of affairs and prospects as the country celebrates 70 years of independence. Among the interviewees will be former President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf; Head of Pakistan’s Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), Dr Farooq Sattar; and Head of Jamat-e-Islami party, Siraj ul Haq.

BBC Persian will look at how the creation of Pakistan affected Afghanistan geopolitically. BBC Pashto will look at how the lives of Pakistan’s Pashtuns evolved over the past 70 years.

BBC World Service English marks the anniversary of Partition with a selection of documentaries. In The Children of Partition, Mark Tully travels through India from north to south in search of the echoes of Partition among successive generations of Indians. He examines the legacy of Partition, comparing contemporary memories of the events of August 1947 with the personal and political tensions today on both national and international stages.

In two-part series, Pakistan, Partition and the Present, Shahzeb Jillani explores Pakistan’s uneasy relationship with its violent history and asks if the Pakistan of today is a country its founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, envisioned. In Partition Voices – also a two-part series – Kavita Puri hears remarkable testimonies from British Asians and colonial British who witnessed this tumultuous event firsthand and even took part in it. Museum of Lost Objects – two programmes which explored some of the artefacts and landmarks caught up in the events around 1947 – aired on the BBC World Service English in July and are now available as podcasts and online bbc.com/worldserviceradio.

The BBC’s international TV news channel, BBC World News, will bring live coverage of the anniversary-related events in India and Pakistan, as well as special reports, interviews and explainers, and will air the Newsnight edition dedicated to the anniversary. A special index, Partition – 70 years on, on the BBC’s international news website, BBC.com, explains the bigger picture and focuses on personal stories to show how the events of 70 years ago still have an impact today.

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For more information please contact:
BBC World Service Group Communications – Lala Najafova lala.najafova@bbc.co.uk

BBC Earth Films launches Earth: One Amazing Day in China

Earth: One Amazing Day, the much anticipated follow-up to BBC Earth Films’ $112m box office smash Earth: The Movie makes its world premiere in Beijing today.

Earth: One Amazing Day showcases the remarkable stories that happen on earth, our home, each and every day, driven by the power of the Sun. It takes audiences on a breath-taking and immersive voyage across the continents, through the oceans and skies as it track the sun’s journey…all in a single amazing day.

A BBC Earth Films and Shanghai Media Group (SMG) Pictures co-production, the Mandarin language release is narrated by international superstar Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda, Rush Hour, Police Story), co-directed by Lixin Fan (Last Train) and co-written by celebrated screenwriter Geling Yan (Flowers of War, Coming Home). The music production on the film is a collaboration between composer Alex Heffes and Roc Chen (Forbidden Kiss, Chinese Zodiac), putting together world class musicians from across the best orchestras in China

The Mandarin version of the film will open to thousands of cinemas in China on 11 August, and Chinese audiences will be the first in the world to see Earth: One Amazing Day. Some of the first include:

  • Earth: One Amazing Day is the first feature film to be produced under the UK-China co-production treaty
  • Earth: One Amazing Day is the first Western feature film to record its entire musical score in Mainland China
  • Earth: One Amazing Day is the first documentary feature to be released in Dolby Cinema format, which offers the highest quality in picture and sound available in the theatrical market and bringing technology usually associated with Hollywood blockbusters.
  • Earth: One Amazing Day represents the first time an international film crew has captured some of the natural world’s most fascinating behaviour including footage of the rarely glimpsed white-headed langur monkeys in the Guangxi Mountains in South West China.

Said Stephen McDonogh, Earth: One Amazing Day’s Producer, BBC Earth Films: ‘We set out to create a unique and compelling story of life, to showcase Earth’s immense value, and to inspire audiences of every age to cherish our beautiful planet. That is what we want Earth: One Amazing Day to do – to connect audiences to the natural world and for them to treasure every single amazing day on it.”

Taking more than four years to plan and three years to make, Earth: One Amazing Day comes a decade after Earth. “I think you can only do such special films when it is appropriate to do them,” says Neil Nightingale, Creative Director of BBC Earth. “We have no mandate to do a film a year. So we look for those special opportunities that allow us to think we can create something really extraordinary. Our collaboration with SMG Pictures, among other factors, meant that we were able to make a big screen sequel that showcases the billions of remarkable stories that happen on Earth each and every day in a dramatic, humorous heart-warming way, and delivers a vision that is both intimate and epic. We are certain that Earth: One Amazing Day will be a hit with families in China and the rest of the world.”

The English version of Earth: One Amazing Day is narrated by Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actor, director, producer, and environmentalist Robert Redford. It is directed by Peter Webber (Oscar nominee The Girl with the Pearl Earring) and Richard Dale (BAFTA and Peabody winner The Human Body) leading a world class production team including in demand screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce. It will premiere in the US in Autumn 2017.

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For more information, please contact:

Jeanne Leong
BBC Worldwide
Tel: +65 6849 5292
Email: Jeanne.Leong@bbc.com

Jessie Lim
BBC Worldwide
Tel: +65 6849 5295
Email: Jessie.Lim@bbc.com

About BBC Earth Films
BBC Earth Films is the theatrical arm of BBC Earth, the global factual brand for BBC Worldwide. Combining Hollywood expertise with world-leading BBC filmmakers, BBC Earth Films seek to take audiences on a journey of discovery, uncovering earth’s wonders and revealing some of the most incredible characters that share our planet. Building on the BBC’s success with landmark film credits such as Deep Blue and Earth the movie, BBC Earth Films took this ambition to the next level with One Life, an awe-inspiring story that shows how life connects us all, and two 3D features in partnership with Evergreen Films and Reliance Entertainment: Walking with Dinosaurs 3D takes audiences back 70 million years to the last great dinosaur era and is distributed by 20th Century Fox in the US and the majority of international territories, and Enchanted Kingdom 3D a journey through Earth’s wildest continent, Africa, discovering unimaginable sights and stories.

About BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide is a principal commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world. This is achieved through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also champions British creativity globally.

In 2016/17 BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £157.3m and headline sales of £1,059.9m and returned £210.5m to the BBC.

For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review webpage: bbcworldwide.com/annual-review/.

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