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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’s director of BBC Store steps down

Simon Danker, director of BBC Worldwide’s BBC Store, is leaving the company after fourteen years. Danker is in charge of BBC Store, Worldwide’s upcoming electronic sell through service, and was also director of global iPlayer, plans for which have been shelved. Worldwide claims that his departure is not linked to digital boss Dan Heaf’s exit, […]

BBC Trust approves online store plan

The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has approved plans by the corporation to launch an online store for viewers to buy and keep BBC programmes. BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, will establish and run BBC Store, which will sell new shows and a selection of archive content on a download-to-own basis. The Trust […]

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 signs new production agreement with Pact

The BBC has agreed new terms for commissioning independent productions with UK trade association Pact (Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television). The deal, which the BBC hailed as “ground-breaking,” includes the extension of the BBC iPlayer window from seven to 30 days, following BBC director general Tony Hall’s plan, announced last week, to launch an […]

The BBC to become ‘creative catalyst’ for digital programmes

The BBC aims to become a “creative catalyst” that will help the market for digital programmes grow, according to director-general Tony Hall.  Speaking at the Technology Innovators Forum at the BBC’s Broadcasting House yesterday, Hall said that the BBC’s recently-announced plan to open a BBC-branded store for digital copies of the corporation’s programmes would open up […]