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BBC coming to Burmese TV

The BBC has announced that it has signed a deal with Burmese broadcaster Forever Group to launch its three channels on Burmese TV starting January 1.

Many Burmese children will soon be treated to the BBC phenomenon that is the Teletubbies—From left to right: Dipsy, Laa-Laa, Po and Tinky Winky.Though Forever Group has not yet made a statement, it is believed the BBC services will be broadcast on a Pay-per-view basis.

The BBC said all three TV channels— BBC World News, BBC Entertainment and children’s channel CBeebies—are included in the package alongside BBC World Service radio English.

“For many years, the BBC has delivered accurate, impartial international radio services to the Burmese people, serving as a vital lifeline service to Aung San Suu Kyi and those across the country,” said Peter Horrocks, the director of BBC’s global news. “I'm so pleased that the BBC is now able to take the next step forward with the country to offer that same impartial news via television as well. It is a great sign of progress for Burma and I'm honoured for the BBC to play a role in opening the country up to the world.”

The announcement comes after British Premier David Cameron became in April the first serving prime minister to visit Burma, officially known as Myanmar.

In addition to BBC World’s 24-hour news coverage, Burmese viewers will soon have the opportunity to enjoy much lauded BBC comedies such as Fawlty Towers and popular dramas like Doctor Who.

Burmese children will be treated to the global phenomenon which is the Teletubbies and other educational children’s programs.

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