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WORLD Channel and Link TV Announce a Content-Sharing Partnership

WORLD Channel, a national public media broadcast and web-based platform that shares news and documentaries humanizing complex issues from across the globe, and Link TV, the independent non-commercial satellite TV network that connects U.S. viewers to the world, announce a content-sharing partnership beginning in February.

With a shared commitment to bringing the best in news, documentaries and fact-based information programming from around the world, the collaboration will launch with several titles including WORLD’s multicultural storytelling show "Stories from the Stage," the duPont-Columbia Award-winning documentary series "America ReFramed," Link TV’s acclaimed original environmental program "Earth Focus" co-produced with the Thomson Reuters Foundationthe award-winning series "The Migrant Kitchen" co-produced with Life & Thyme, and daily international newscasts from "France 24."

The content sharing will allow viewers of both networks to better understand perspectives and cultures around the globe while examining issues too often ignored by mainstream media. WORLD is a growing public media broadcast channel carried by 165 partner public media stations in markets representing more than 66% of US TV households and also is available via and on social media platforms. Link TV reaches 30 million U.S. satellite households nationally on DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410, and many of its programs are available for streaming on as well as on Apple TV, YouTube and Roku platforms.

“This new relationship with Link TV allows us to bring new and acclaimed content to our audience who is hungry for daily international news as well as an outside perspective on events in the U.S.,” said Liz Cheng, general manager of WGBH Television and WORLD Channel. “As our relationship evolves, we look forward to adding more exceptional content from Link TV, which closely aligns with our public media mission to inform, educate and engage our audiences with stories about difference.”

“When you combine WORLD’s local broadcast coverage of 79 million households with Link TV’s availability via satellite in 30 million U.S. homes, this content-sharing partnership will bring these programs to the vast majority of the American viewers,” said Andrew Russell, President and CEO of the Public Media Group of Southern California, formed by the merger of PBS SoCal and KCETLink Media Group. “This is important, compelling programming that tells the stories of our global community, focusing on what makes us different and what brings us together. We look forward to growing this exciting alliance.”

Starting in early February, Link TV will be adding "Stories from the Stage," to the satellite broadcaster’s primetime lineup. The award-winning WORLD-original weekly series showcases the extraordinary stories of ordinary people, illuminating many different facets of the human condition. Hosted by Theresa Okokon and Wes Hazard, each episode features multicultural storytellers who step onto the stage to fascinate audiences with stories that range from tales of joy and disaster to illustrating the challenging issues of the day.

The WORLD Channel will add Link TV’s award-winning series "Earth Focus"  later this winterThe longest-running investigative environmental news program on U.S. television, the series provides audiences with urgent local and global environmental coverage that spotlights issues such as endangered species, climate change, environmental health and sustainable practices. Produced in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the series features investigative reports and in-depth stories about our changing environment and how it affects people around the world.

Later this spring, Link TV will start broadcasting "America ReFramed," a WORLD-original social-issues documentary series that presents personal voices and experiences on topics – from health care, immigration and the environment to violence, injustice and LGBTQ issues – that depict a transforming America. This series has won a Peabody award, a duPont-Columbia award and many other honors in recognition of the diversity of both its subject matter and filmmakers.

Later this spring, Link TV viewers can look forward to the debut of another WORLD-original series when "LOCAL, USA" is added to the lineup. The series is curated from local public media markets around a single theme as told from people from every walk of life.

Joining "Earth Focus" on WORLD will be the Emmy®-winning series "The Migrant Kitchen," dedicated to documenting global food culture by spotlighting chefs who are combining traditional and ethnic cuisines with new ideas, flavors and fresh techniques that are transforming the culinary landscape of America. Produced in partnership with award-winning culinary publication Life & Thymethe series explores the booming food scene through the eyes of a new generation of chefs and culinary artisans whose cuisine is inspired by the immigrant experience.

WORLD Channel will kick off the alliance in February by adding the leading 24/7 international news channel "France 24" to its existing line-up of international daily news. Long a mainstay of Link TV’s afternoon global news block, "France 24" joins a two-hour block of respected daily international newscasts on WORLD that includes "BBC World News America," "NHK Newsline" from Japan and "DW News" from German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

Additional programs in the content-sharing partnership are expected to be announced later this year.

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