BBCS in Africa claims 12.9m viewers

By Content Nigeria reporter
March 1, 2024


BBC UKTV, a multi-genre channel from BBC Studios in Africa, has amassed a viewership of more than 12.9 million, according to the BBC, marking a growth of 135% since its launch in December 2022.

Pierre Cloete

The channel’s share has also increased by 99% among all individuals since launching on the MultiChoice-owned digital satellite platform DStv.

It was created to match DStv audiences’ viewing habits in South Africa with a variety of content across genres from the BBC Studios catalogue.

The content ranges from lifestyle programming (such as Come Dine With Me) to documentaries, dramas (Call the Midwife), soaps (EastEnders), award-winning factual series and other shows, including Secrets of the Supercars, Bake-Off Crème de la Crème, Musketeers and The Great South African Bake-Off.

Pierre Cloete, commercial director of BBC Studios in Africa, said: “BBC UKTV has seen incredible growth over the past year. I am so proud that over 12.9 million people have watched our shows.

“We crafted the channel to match the viewing habits of families in Africa and give more people access to our high-quality shows. With a variety of genres available for all age groups to enjoy, it’s amazing to see how many families are tuning in.

“We have committed to the future of BBC UKTV and can’t wait for DStv audiences to explore even more of BBC Studios’ award-winning catalogue.”

BBC UKTV (DStv channel 134) streams on DStv Compact, DStv Family, DStv Access and DStv Easy View.