Foxtel to close TCM channel
Devoted: From 13 December, TCM will no longer be available, but FOX Classics will lift its movie quota.
Hollywood classics movie channel TCM is to be discontinued on the Foxtel platform next month.
A Foxtel statement said, “From 13 December, 2016 TCM will no longer be available on Foxtel. Fear not, FOX Classics is set to fill the void with hundreds of films across a broad range of genres in December and January, including Meet me in St Louis, An Affair to Remember & White Christmas.”
TV Tonight understands the Turner Classic Movies was running a finite inventory of movies, drawn from the Warner Bros. & MGM library. But after plenty of recycling of its films, Foxtel is moving towards a larger pool of classic films, to screen on FOX Classics.
Updated: In a statement TCM said, “Foxtel has made the decision to discontinue carriage of TCM Turner Classic Movies to its subscribers from December 13, 2016.
“Turner will continue to serve TCM fans throughout Asia Pacific in key markets including New Zealand, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Hong Kong, and will explore new ways to offer its content to Australians in the future.
“Turner and Foxtel continue to enjoy a long-term partnership, providing the region’s leading kids brands such as Cartoon Network and Boomerang to its customers, as well as CNN, the world’s #1 news destination.”