PBS KIDS Channel Launches in Australia


PBS Distribution has signed a deal with Foxtel to launch a PBS KIDS channel in Australia.

The PBS KIDS channel from Foxtel includes the Australian premieres of Donkey Hodie, a puppet series produced by Fred Rogers Productions and Spiffy Pictures, and Elinor Wonders Why, a STEM-based animated show about a curious rabbit and her pals living in Animal Town. The channel will also air award-winning PBS KIDS programs such as Arthur and Molly of Denali.

Further, PBS KIDS on Foxtel will feature episodes from Hero Elementary, Pinkalicious & Peterrific, Dinosaur Train, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Peg + Cat.

Amanda Laing, chief commercial and content officer for the Foxtel Group, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with PBS Distribution to bring PBS KIDS’ award-winning content to our customers. Foxtel is committed to providing viewers the very best in family entertainment, and the addition of PBS KIDS and its high-quality, educational programming parents can trust, bolsters our strong suite of kids channels.”

Andrea Downing, president of PBS Distribution, commented, “We are excited to offer this new audience the opportunities that PBS KIDS content offers. Foxtel is inviting parents and children to experience this trusted content that helps children learn and grow.”