National Geographic Global Networks

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National Geographic Global Networks, formerly National Geographic Channels Worldwide and National Geographic Channels International, is a business unit within National Geographic Partners (a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society) that oversees the National Geographic-branded television channels: National Geographic, Nat Geo Kids, Nat Geo Music, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo Wild. The unit itself was a joint operation between 21st Century Fox (21CF) and the Society, but it was later integrated into the new joint venture National Geographic Partners which they formed in 2015. On March 20, 2019, 21CF's share in National Geographic Partners was assumed by Disney, following its acquisition of most 21CF businesses.[1]

In October 2016, it was announced that the National Geographic Channel, the flagship documentary channel, would drop the word "Channel" from its name.[2]



  • National Geographic: The flagship television channel of the group which broadcasts documentary films of many subjects, as well as docu-reality shows.
  • Nat Geo Kids: A Children's interest channel. Currently available in the Middle East and Latin America.
  • Nat Geo Music: A channel that focuses on ethnic music.
  • Nat Geo People: Targeted at female audiences, the channel's programming focuses on people and cultures. Currently available in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Nat Geo Wild: It is a sister channel to the flagship National Geographic television channel that focuses on animal-related wildlife and natural history programming.


  • National Geographic Adventure: Launched as Adventure One (abbr. A1), it was aimed at younger audiences, providing programming based around outdoor adventure, travel and stories involving people exploring the world.

Channels by region[edit]

All of National Geographic-branded television channels are operated as a part of this unit's business. The Society provides most of programming on the channels, while Disney's broadcast-related units (Walt Disney Television in the United States and Fox Networks Group outside the United States) handle distribution and advertisement sales of the channels. In most cases internationally, the National Geographic and Fox channels cross-promote each other. In some territories, the versions of National Geographic channels are directly operated by Disney.



United States
The following channels in Canada are operated by Corus Entertainment under license.

Latin America[edit]

Spanish-speaking countries
  • National Geographic (with sub-regional versions for Mexico, Colombia, Central America [which also covers Caribbean islands], Pacific [Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia], and Atlantic [Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay])
  • National Geographic Wild (a pan-regional channel)
  • Nat Geo Kids (with a pan-regional version and a sub-regional version for Pacific [Mexico, Chile and Ecuador])


NGC Network Asia, LLC operates all of National Geographic-branded television channels across Asia except Japan.

NGC Network Asia previously represented television channels from Fox International Channels (FIC) in the region, but they were transferred to the newly formed Asian branch of FIC in the 2009 reorganization of Star TV.[3]

The Asian operations also oversee National Geographic TV channels in the Middle East and North Africa (except Israel).

Pan-regional channels (except Japan)
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • Nat Geo People
Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
Indian subcontinent
Star India handles channel distribution and advertisement sales in the region.
South Korea
Middle East and North Africa
The following channels in Japan are operated by Fox Networks Group Japan.


The European operations also oversee National Geographic TV channels in Israel, Australia and New Zealand. It is also responsible for the channels in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Czech Republic and Slovakia
Netherlands and Belgium
Nordic and Scandinavia
United Kingdom and Ireland
Sub-Saharan Africa
Australia and New Zealand


  1. ^ Szalai, Georg; Bond, Paul (March 20, 2019). "Disney Closes $71.3 Billion Fox Deal, Creating Global Content Powerhouse". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Schwindt, Oriana (October 26, 2016). "National Geographic Rebrands, Drops 'Channel' From Its Name".
  3. ^ "News Corporation Restructures Broadcast Businesses in Asia" (press release) News Corporation 18 August 2009 Archived from the original on 27 August 2009

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