Discovery has announced an agreement with BBC Studios for classic Top Gear to screen across both Discovery Channel and Discovery Turbo in Australia and New Zealand from March 2020.
The agreement sees Discovery acquire a catalogue which initially includes 143 hours of Top Gear and series one of Top Gear: America with hosts William Fitchner, Tom Ford and Antron Brown, along with specials and spin-offs from the franchise.
“We are thrilled to bring Top Gear to Discovery,” said Darren Chau, Director of Factual Content & Channels, Discovery Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands. “The biggest motoring show is the perfect fit for Australia and New Zealand’s only 24/7 motoring channel Discovery Turbo and our flagship Discovery Channel. We appreciate our friends at BBC Studios entrusting Discovery with the powerhouse that is Top Gear and are proud to further strengthen our offering of premium motoring content with this globally renowned and loved franchise.”
Bruno Liporoni, Sales Executive for BBC Studios ANZ said, “This is a great partnership between two exciting factual entertainment brands. I am delighted that fans can continue to enjoy some of their favourite Top Gear moments through this new deal with Discovery.”
Top Gear Season 21 (2014) will air Monday nights at 7.30pm on Discovery Channel from 9 March during its Motor Mondays program block and Seasons 13-16 weeknights at 6.30pm on Discovery Turbo from 2 March.
Top Gear: America starts Friday 6 March at 8.30pm on Discovery Turbo.