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London Calling, the superlative season of programming highlighting everything wonderful about the city as it prepares to host the 2012 Olympic Games, began with live coverage of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, which achieved record-breaking results for BBC channels across the globe.

As the United Kingdom joyfully commemorated the 60 years Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne, millions of people across the globe tuned in to enjoy the spectacular festivities as they were broadcast live by BBC Worldwide Channels. Close to 5 million¹ viewers around the World watched The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations during 3-5 June, setting regional records for several channels during the broadcasts.

The broadcast was wildly popular in Singapore, positioning BBC Knowledge as the top factual channel and the most watched non-kids international channel among all Pay TV channels during 1-5 June². The live programming delivered BBC Knowledge’s best performance for Sunday-Tuesday, in terms of percentage of overall television share, since it was launched in 2007.

In South Africa, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Thames Pageant was watched by more people than any other programme on BBC Entertainment since January of 2011. In Australia, the Diamond Jubilee coverage was also a success, with two of the events clinching top ratings for STV programmes in their respective time slots and categories.

Likewise, people in Poland viewed the broadcast in large numbers, with two of the events earning the highest reach for individual programmes on BBC Entertainment thus far this year. Additionally, BBC Entertainment became the third most popular international channel in the cable satellite universe for its time slot³ during The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Concert. Norwegians also pushed BBC Entertainment to record numbers during the concert with the channel earning the highest ever share in Norway⁴.

To find out about the diverse BBC programmes being shown during the London Calling season, such as Olympic-themed programming like the hilarious comedy series Twenty Twelve, which will get viewers even more excited to watch the Olympics on TV later in the summer, please visit or your local BBC website.


Notes to Editors:

1. Figures exclude broadcasts on the pan regional BBC Entertainment channel, BBC Knowledge Italy, BBC HD Mexico, BBC Entertainment in Sweden, Denmark and Finland and UKTV in New Zealand. Reach: 1 minute Reach Ind. 4+ in all countries, Ind. 2+ in Norway, Total Viewers P2+ in the US, Total People in Australia
2. Based on % share
3. Share: 16-49 in cab sat / 4 June 2012 /20:30-23:50
4. During 20:30-23:45 time slot

London Calling is airing through August on BBC Entertainment (Africa, Poland, the Nordic Region, Asia, India, Latin America and the channel’s pan-European service, which covers Central and Eastern Europe, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and a number of Western European markets), BBC Knowledge (Africa, Poland, the Nordic Region, Italy, Asia and Australia), BBC HD (Latin America, Poland, The Nordic region and Turkey), UKTV (Australia and New Zealand) and BBC World News (global). The season will also be available to users of and to users of the global BBC iPlayer but will vary territory by territory. Programming, dates and times vary according to territory

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