While Big CBS Network continues with its quest to lure the audience set with international English content, the network is now looking at expanding its audience base through the localisation route.
It has decided to launch the Indian version of the flagship properties of both Big CBS Prime and Big CBS Love on the respective channels. The programming mix will also include new and original productions that will blend with the Indian content line-up.
"We will create original Indian content in the non-fiction genre -- such as reality and sit-coms," Aparnaa Pande, General Manager, BIG CBS Networks tells afaqs!.
The flagship properties, which are expected to initiate the 'Indianisation' of the Big CBS Networks content include ET (Entertainment Tonight) on Big CBS Prime and America's Next Top Model.
"To begin with, we will air one-hour of Indian content in the primetime slot and depending on the success of the band, we will look at expanding it," explains Pande.
Big CBS Network believes that with Indian content becoming a part of its programming mix, the advertising categories on the channel will also witness an upthrust.
"Currently, a lot of lifestyle and FMCG products targetted at the SEC A consumers are coming on board. With localisation, we are hoping that a lot of premium Indian, as well as international brands will add up to our client mix," Pande says.
In the meantime, the network is gearing up to launch its third English GEC Big CBS Spark next month. It will be a youth-focussed channel. The test launch of the channel will take place on April 4, 2011.First Published : March 29, 2011