BBC First

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BBC First
BBC First.png
BBC First logo
Launched 3 August 2014
Owned by BBC Worldwide
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Country Australia
Language English
Broadcast area Australia
Sister channel(s) BBC Knowledge
BBC World News
Foxtel Channel 117 (SD/HD)
Channel 214 (SD)
Foxtel Channel 117 (SD/HD)
Channel 214 (SD)
Streaming media
Foxtel Go Channel 117

BBC First is an entertainment subscription television channel featuring drama and comedy programming. The channel is wholly owned and operated by BBC Worldwide. The channel began rolling out internationally in 2014, launching first in Australia.[1][2][3]


On 17 April 2013, it was announced that the BBC had forged a new exclusive deal with Australian subscription television provider Foxtel which would see a new channel launched that would feature drama and comedy content, with programming screening as close to their original UK transmission as possible.[2] The following day it was announced that this deal resulted in the end of a 50 year deal with Australian free-to-air broadcaster ABC which they were not consulted about.[4] Despite the new exclusive deal with the Foxtel, it does not affect 'grandfathering' agreements whereby series that are currently broadcasting on other networks are not affected and will remain on their current network.[4] The programming that is shown on the new channel will not air on Australian free-to-air for at least 12 months after its first airing, if ever.[2][5] It was later announced the new channel would be named BBC First, a new global brand that would roll out in 2014, with Australia being the first location to launch the new channel.[3] The Australian channel is available in linear format and in high definition, launching on 3 August 2014.[3][6][7]


On the 3rd of August 2014 at 9:30am, BBC First launched in Australia exclusively on the Foxtel platform. The first programme broadcast was The Musketeers.



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  1. ^ "BBC Worldwide and Foxtel unveil new channel name". BBC Worldwide. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Knox, David (17 April 2013). "New BBC Drama channel headed to Foxtel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Knox, David (19 October 2013). "BBC First channel to launch on Foxtel in August". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Knox, David (18 April 2013). "BBC quits 50 year deal with "disappointed" ABC". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Knox, David (17 October 2013). "BBC dramas "No delay from the UK"". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Knox, David (26 May 2014). "BBC First to launch on August 3rd". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Knox, David (2 July 2014). "Foxtel Channel Changes". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Knox, David (27 March 2014). "Curtain up on BBC First". TV Tonight. Retrieved 14 May 2014.