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BBC reportedly looking at £500m UKTV/Scripps buyout

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is considering a £500 million (€557 million) bid to take full control of UKTV, currently a joint venture with Scripps Networks Interactive. BBCWW is talking with advisers about borrowing millions of pounds from private investors to buy Scripps out from its half, according to the Daily Telegraph. […]

Ex-BBCWW chief to explore investments for Edge

Former BBC Worldwide CEO John Smith will explore investment opportunities for UK-based firm Edge. Smith will work with Edge Investments chief executive David Glick and his team of managers to unearth and jointlyback creative companies. Smith exited the BBC’s commercial arm in October 2012 as Tim Davie stepped up the replace him. He joined fashion […]

BBC Worldwide moves away from originals strategy

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) will move away from commissioning originals for its BBC Earth and BBC Brit channels, leaving two commissioners redundant. The channels will newly focus on airing BBCWW distributed series and local formats, as first reported by Deadline. As part of the new strategy, commissioning editors Hannah Demidowicz and Kirsty Hanson will no longer […]

BBC Brit goes high-definition on DStv

BBC Worldwide’s flagship entertainment channel, BBC Brit, will become available in HD on DStv channel 120 from October 5. The BBC’s commercial arm announced that DStv Compact, Compact Plus and Premium customers will be able to access the high definition feed of the channel on this date. From October 8, DStv Premium customers will also […]

BBC Worldwide hires royalties collection specialist

BBC Worldwide has hired royalties collection specialist 560 Media to collect rights revenue on its behalf. Under the terms of the deal, 560 Media will administer the BBC commercial outfit’s total global secondary collections, including those for the US and Canada. 560 Media will manage the collection of the international revenues accrued through the secondary […]

Ex-BBCWW North America president named CEO of Mitú

Herb Scannell, ex-president of BBC Worldwide North America has been named the new CEO of Mitú, a digital media brand for Latino millennials. Scannell who was also formerly president of Nickelodeon and the CEO and co-founder of Next New Networks, will assume the position immediately and will be based at Mitú’s headquarters in LA. He […]

BBC Earth launching in Greece

BBC Worldwide is launching its BBC Earth channel in Greece on OTE Group-owned pay TV service Cosmote TV. The channel will be available from the beginning of October via all Cosmote TV packages, and will also be available via the Cosmote TV Go TV everywhere service and the Cosmote Replay TV catch-up offering. The launch […]

McDonough takes charge of Forbidden Technologies

Cloud video software-as-a-service specialist Forbidden Technologies has named former Turner northern Europe chief and BBC Worldwide executive Ian McDonough as its new CEO. McDonough will be charged with driving AIM-quoted Forbidden’s commercial growth and the continued development of its cloud video platform and related applications. The company specialises in technology that brings video production in […]

Britbox launches on Amazon Channels in the US

BBC Worldwide and ITV’s US subscription video-on-demand service, Britbox, is now available via Amazon’s Channels service. Amazon Prime members in the US can subscribe to BritBox for US$6.99 per month to gain access to the service’s line-up of British TV programmes. “The initial rollout of BritBox earlier this year was met with a great response […]

BBCWW inks first children’s deal with Amazon

BBC Worldwide has acquired its first multi-year children’s licensing deal with SVOD service Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Ireland. The deal will give subscribers in the region access to a raft of children’s TV series from CBeebies and CBBC, including Hey Duggee, Go Jetters, Sarah & Duck, Charlie & Lola and Gigglebiz as […]

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