The move means that of the 16 channels in the News section of the Sky EPG only Fox News and the Indian NDTV require a subscription. Other high profile channels, including Bloomberg and CNN, have previously opted to transmit in the clear and are now also available on the free-to-view platform Freesat.
“Our decision to become a free-to-air channel in the UK is part of our strategy to aggressively grow our distribution across EMEA in 2010,” said a CNBC spokesperson. “Businesses receiving the channel and re-distributing it to multiple users are still required to have a viewing licence from CNBC.”
The spokesperson added that no decision had been taken on whether CNBC would itself join Freesat.