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BBC to take iconic TV shows to Burma as sanctions ease

The BBC is to take several of its popular TV programs to Burma after the corporation announced the launch of three pay-TV channels in the country in January.

Among the programs that viewers will be able to watch will be Teletubbies and Doctor Who, when CBeebies, BBC Entertainment and BBC World News begins broadcasting in the formerly isolated country.

The move is another step in improving relations between Burma and the West following the release of Nobel Prize winning democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi in 2010.

Prime Minister David Cameron became the first British Premier to visit Burma since independence in 1948 when he travelled to the country in April 2012: a visit that resulted in the easing of economic sanctions against the country.  

The BBC has provided news and information to Burma, via radio on the BBC World Service, by broadcasting on BBC Burmese since 1940.

The launch of the TV channels plus the World Service programming will potentially reach about 250,000 homes in Burma, according to the BBC.