TVB International will supply 80 per cent of The Chinese Channel's (TCC) Chinese programmes in Europe when it launches a news and general entertainment satellite television service in February. TVB has signed an agreement with TCC to provide the new pan-European satellite channel with news, dramas, telefilms, specials and chat shows. UK-based TCC has raised $240 million to launch the service for the more than 200,000 households of Chinese origin in Western Europe. ''We are very happy indeed to have signed an agreement with the world's foremost supplier of Chinese-language programming, namely TVB,'' TCC managing director Gerald Winnington-Ingram said. The agreement prevents TVB from supplying programmes to other cable and satellite operators in Europe. Buyers of the service will pay GBP20 (about HK$233) a month and must install a 60-centimetre dish and decoder. Mr Winnington-Ingram said the audience could easily access programmes because the channel would be broadcast on the Astra satellite, which also carried Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB satellite channels. He expected the satellite business to do well because Chinese households in Britain spend up to GBP20 a week on Chinese videos and magazines. Mr Winnington-Ingram said: ''The convenience of just switching on the television for Chinese news, entertainment and information programmes for under GBP1 a day will be very attractive for our target audience. ''The Chinese community is one of the few remaining groups without its own dedicated general entertainment channel.'' TCC is working with investors on a financing package for the project, including locally based Asia Vision, a US media conglomerate and various Southeast Asian media groups.