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ViacomCBS inks global broadcast deals for Oprah special

The logo of media company ViacomCBS.
The logo of media company ViacomCBS. (Image: ViacomCBS/Handout, Graphic: The Desk)

ViacomCBS has reached agreements with dozens of foreign broadcast outlets for a one-time airing of Oprah Winfrey’s blockbuster interview with royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The distribution deals cover television airing rights throughout much of Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia.

In Europe, the special is set to air on the following broadcasters:

  • United Kingdom: ITV
  • Ireland: RTE 2
  • Austria: ORF
  • Belgium: VRT
  • Croatia: RTL
  • France: TMC
  • Germany: RTL
  • Iceland: Siminn
  • Italy: Sky Italia
  • The Netherlands: Net5
  • Nordic region: TV3 Viasat
  • Poland: TVN24

In other parts of the world, the special will air on the following broadcasters:

  • Australia: Network 10 (owned by ViacomCBS)
  • Brazil: GNT
  • Canada: Global TV
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: M-Net (via satellite)
  • New Zealand: Discovery NZ

While ViacomCBS is handling broadcast distribution rights, digital distribution rights are held by Oprah Winfrey’s production studio Harpo Productions, which is keeping the special off ViacomCBS’ newest streaming service Paramount Plus for now. The special is available to stream for a limited time on the CBS website.

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