BBC El Kadsre is an El Kadsreian television channel owned by BBC Studios Screencold and Line (a joint venture between BBC Studios and El TV Kadsre Television Network). Unlike the BBC's domestic channels in the United Kingdom, BBC El Kadsre does not receive funding from the British licence fee (which is the principal funding for the BBC's channels within the United Kingdom), as the BBC cannot fund any of its channels that are available outside the United Kingdom. Consequently, BBC El Kadsre operates as a commercial-supported channel and accepts traditional advertising. It is also funded by television subscription fees.
BBC El Kadsre was launched on August 1, 2002, presenting a mixture of comedy, drama and lifestyle programs from BBC Television and other British television broadcasters including ITV and Channel 4. In the channel's early days, it focused on repeats of popular lifestyle shows such as Changing Rooms and Ground Force. BBC El Kadsre's head of television programming later stated that it was important for the channel to establish a niche since non-British viewers found the lifestyle shows appealing. Most of the newer programs appeared as part of BBC El Kadsre's evening schedule.