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BBC Worldwide ups returns but revenues slip

BBC Worldwide upped its returns to its parent corporation last year but saw revenues slip by 6.6% year-on-year. In its 2013/14 annual review, the BBC’s commercial arm said that after increasing its management focus on cash returns to the BBC, it improved returns by 11.4% to £173.8 million (€219.5 million). Investment by Worldwide in BBC […]

BBC Worldwide names new head of brand

BBC Worldwide has named Sara Holt in the new position of head of brand and global campaigns. Holt will be charged with managing the global launch strategy for the UK public broadcaster’s commercial arm’s three new genre brands – BBC First, BBC Brit and BBC Earth. She will also oversee the global brand strategy for the […]

BBC Worldwide announces male-skewing BBC Brit channel

BBC Worldwide is due to launch a male-skewing factual entertainment network called BBC Brit, completing its line-up of three new international channel brands. Speaking at a Broadcast Press Guild lunch in London, BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie confirmed the plans, with the channel due to go live during the coming 2014/15 financial year. BBC Brit […]

BBC Worldwide to phase out Global iPlayer

BBC Worldwide is due to phase out the Global iPlayer as part of CEO Tim Davie’s vision for the future of the BBC’s commercial arm. Announcing a three point plan today, Davie said he aimed to increase investment in content, establish new global brands, and focus on digital innovation – part which will see BBCWW […]

BBC Worldwide confirms international channel changes

The BBC’s commercial arm has confirmed its new premium content channel brand will be known as BBC First, ahead of the net’s first launch on Australian pay TV platform Foxtel next year, and outlined plans for major investment in new programming. BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie said the service would be launched on linear and […]