BBC Worldwide today announced a deal with Chinese state broadcaster CCTV that will bring highly rated CBeebies series Go Jetters to over 1.1 billion viewers in China. Fully dubbed in Mandarin and subtitled in simplified Chinese, the 50-episode series will premiere at the end of May on CCTV-14 – the children’s channel that is part of China Central Television (CCTV).
CCTV is the predominant state television in the People’s Republic of China with over 50 different channels catering to a wide audience both locally and abroad. The national broadcaster has the world’s largest audience of over 1.1 billion people, nearly 90% of China’s population. CCTV 14 is the state broadcaster’s dedicated children’s channel.
Go Jetters follows the adventures of four plucky heroes, Xuli, Kyan, Lars and Foz, as they travel the world with their teacher, mentor and friend, Ubercorn, a funky disco-grooving unicorn. A comedy, action adventure for 4-6 year olds, Go Jetters combines music, cool gadgets and disco-dancing to introduce the audience to geography and culture. Filled with comedy, teamwork, awesome sights, and funky facts, each episode offers older pre-schoolers a fun-filled and action packed exploration of their their wider world.
Kelvin Yau, General Manager, Greater China, BBC Worldwide commented, “We are excited that pre-schoolers in China will have access to Go Jetters, which has been very well-received and popular with pre-schoolers internationally. It testifies to the quality of CBeebies programmes to be both educational and entertaining, and a reflection of the trust Chinese audience has in our safe content.”
Go Jetters will be available to young audiences in China across multiple platforms. In addition to CCTV’s mobile streaming platforms, it will also launch in a CBeebies block on the IPTV platform BesTV and on the online platform iQIYI in June. In late August it will be available to watch on digital platforms Tencent and Youku.
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