Travel Channel International Limited (TCI) is an independent company HQ’d in the UK that distributes the Travel Channel brand in 20 languages across Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. The company produces and commissions original travel programming for distribution in 91 countries.
Scripps Networks Interactive will pay $101.8 million to acquire TCI. The transaction is expected to be completed in Q2 pending regulatory approval.
“We are looking forward to integrating Travel Channel International into Scripps Networks Interactive’s portfolio of popular lifestyle networks,” said Kenneth Lowe, chairman, Scripps Networks Interactive CEO. “TCI brings unique value to us as we establish our brands in the global media marketplace. We’re enthusiastic about sharing our lifestyle programming expertise internationally, engaging a new set of passionate media consumers overseas, and increasing our footprint in Europe and Asia, building on the solid foundation we’ve established for the continued international growth of our brands.”
Formed in 2004, TCI has affiliate agreements with some 850 distributors. The company’s 46 full-time employees in London will join Scripps Networks Interactive at the completion of the transaction.