TURNER LAUNCHES OH!K, A NEW TV CHANNEL POWERED BY MBC CONTENT
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
- Korean drama & variety channel to debut in Southeast Asia -
HONG KONG (October 8, 2014) – Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific today signed a volume deal with Korea’s leading broadcaster, MBC, locking in content for Oh!K, a new general entertainment channel.
Ricky Ow, President of Turner Asia Pacific, said: “Oh!K combines the best in content with Turner's proven history in curating some of the most successful channels in Asia Pacific. We are thrilled to partner with MBC in creating what I'm sure will be an iconic brand for Southeast Asia, and we are looking forward to introducing it to the region in the coming months.”
Oh!K will have first pick of MBC content, including first-runs and exclusives soon after their initial transmission debut in Korea, with some shows airing within a week. The broadcaster has a proven track record of top-rating, quality productions (such as the epic royal court series Jewel in the Palace) that have dominated the market over the past five decades.
MBC produces 1,400 hours of quality content each year distributed in more than 100 countries. Current hit shows include drama series Diary of a Night Watchman, You Are My Destiny, Triangle and the long-running variety show, Infinite Challenge, and reality show Dad, Where Are We Going?.
Mr. Jung Woo Oh, Executive Managing Director, Media Business of MBC, added: “We are very proud to be partnering with Turner to give viewers unparalleled access to some of the most engaging Korean TV content. The launch of Oh!K will allow an even bigger audience to enjoy MBC’s unique brand of storytelling, and we can’t wait to share our best shows with fans in Southeast Asia.”
The launch of Oh!K launch follows Turner's April announcement that it will assume full operational and programming control of WarnerTV, the No. 1 English-language entertainment channel in Singapore*.
* Rating source: Kantar Media Singapore, 2014 YTD (Jan 1-Sep 30, 03:00-26:59), Cable 4+. Based on 14 rated channels.
Photo caption: “Ricky Ow, President of Turner Asia Pacific, (left) signs the volume deal with Kwang Han Ahn, President of MBC, to mark the launch of Oh!K.”
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Oh!K boasts the ultimate in Korean TV, featuring premium drama series as well as variety and music programming. A channel powered by MBC, Korea’s leading broadcaster and content provider, Oh!K is for everyone who loves drama – packaging iconic and award-winning hit series from an unrivalled catalogue of content. The channel will be available in Southeast Asia and will offer local audiences access to first-runs and exclusives, many soon after their transmission debut in Korea. Oh!K is owned and operated by Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc., a Time Warner company. Upon launch, more information will be available at: www.ohk-tv.com.
About Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific
Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. creates and distributes award-winning brands throughout the Asia Pacific region and beyond. A leader in the television and media business, it runs pay- and free-TV channels, as well as Internet-based services, including 45 channels in 13 languages in 38 countries throughout Asia Pacific. Turner’s leading brands in the region include CNN International, CNNj, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Cartoonito, Boomerang, POGO, Toonami, WarnerTV, Oh!K, TCM Turner Classic Movies, truTV, WB, MondoTV and TABI Channel. In addition, Turner is also the exclusive distributor of HBO, HBO Hits HD and HBO Defined HD in South Asia. Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. is a Time Warner company.
Munwha Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) is a multimedia broadcaster dominating Korean terrestrial television and radio channels. The corporation was established in 1961 and currently has a network of 18 regional stations and 9 subsidiaries nationwide. As a multimedia group, MBC operates a national terrestrial television channel, a FM and an AM channel, a standard FM channel, and four cable channels, three of which are broadcast via satellite. Programs and information can be accessed by visiting the corporate website at www.imbc.com and http://content.mbc.co.kr.