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Tinky-Winky Is Coming To Burma

The BBC is launching three pay-TV channels in the country, including CBeebies, which airs Teletubbies and other preschool programs.

What’s the Latest Development?

Starting next month, TV viewers in Burma will have several new pay channels, courtesy of the BBC: World News, which airs 24-hour news; Entertainment, which will air shows such as Doctor Who and The Graham Norton Show; and CBeebies, which will air Teletubbies (a group of cuddly characters, one of which is called Tinky-Winky) and other children’s programming. They will launch along with the radio program BBC World Service in Asia on the Forever Group platform.

What’s the Big Deal?

No less a personage than Aung San Suu Kyi has expressed appreciation for the BBC’s radio service, which served as a “lifeline” during her years of house arrest. Global news director Peter Horrocks says of the television channel additions, “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.” Earlier this year British prime minister David Cameron became the first serving prime minister to visit the country, which was a British colony until it gained its independence in 1948.

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