BBC World Service Television Europe

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This cable and satellite channel was launched in 1987 as BBC TV Europe, serving most of western continental Europe.

The station transmitted via the IntelSat satellite, broadcasting on frequency 601 27.5º west, at 10,995 and 11,155 gigahertz. The station broadcast a mixture of delayed programming originally shown on BBC1 and BBC2.

From 11 March 1991, BBC TV Europe changed its identity to BBC World Service Television.

From November 1991 it expanded its coverage to Asia, which received different programming from that seen in Europe.

On 26 January 1995, the channel split into BBC World (for news) and BBC Prime (for entertainment) -- see our dedicated page to that re-branded channel.


BBC World Service: "Dr Who (Colin Baker)" - which is Revelation of the Daleks BBC 2 repeat, 4 April 1993

The Doctor Who repeats that aired on BBC2 in 1992, 1993 and 1994 were delay broadcast a few days later on the satellite channel -- see our BBC 2 repeats page for the stories that were repeated.

  • For instance, in April 1993, each episode of the BBC2 repeat of Revelation of the Daleks played two days later on BBC World Service, as demonstrated by this April 1993 billing from a Spanish newspaper, which lists the episode simply as "Dr Who (Colin Baker)"

Some key dates:

  • January 1992 to December 1993: The run of Friday repeats of Doctor Who on BBC2 are delay-broadcast on Sundays, times differ slightly, but usually around 6:15-6:45pm.
  • January 1994 to March 1994: The run of Sunday repeats of Doctor Who on BBC2 are delay-broadcast on Mondays, usually around 5:35-6:00pm.