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BBC board-level appointments designed to drive commercial growth

Just a day after BBC director-general Tim Davie set out his “case for growth” at the Royal Television Society, the corporation has unveiled a raft of new Board level appointments that its says reflect its “commitment to growing commercial income”. Key appointments include the appointment of Damon Buffini as deputy chair of the BBC Board. […]

UKTV appoints new technology and operations chief

UK-based, BBC Studios-owned channel provider UKTV has appointed Tim Bertioli as its new director of media services, taking on responsibility for the technology and operations teams and leading a team of circa 50 staff. Reporting to Nicola Greaves, BBC Studios’ EVP of global operations, Bertioli will lead the UKTV Media Services function and sit on UKTV’s executive leadership team and BBC […]

BBC Studios unveils digital-first comedy channel Funny Parts

BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the BBC, has ramped up its commitment to digital-first content with the launch of Funny Parts, a new comedy channel that is designed to connect with younger audiences. At launch, the channel is available cross social platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The new channel will offer a […]

BBC First launches on Digi Romania

  The BBC’s commercial arm BBC Studios has secured a berth for drama channel BBC First with Romanian service provider Digi in its home market. The deal marks the first time the British drama channel has been available in the Romanian market. Factual channel BBC Earth is  already available on Digi. Both channels are available […]

Newman given newly-created management role at BBC Studios in the UK

Sam Tewungwa, BBC Studios’ chief commercial officer for the UK has announced today that the business will its commercial teams to focus more effectively on strategic priorities. Under the restructure Jonathan Newman will be promoted to the new position general manager, Commercial, BBC Studios UK Distribution and UKTV. Reporting to Tewungwa, Newman will assume day-to-day responsibility for all […]

BBC Studios takes BBC Kids to South Africa

BBC Studios, the UK pubcaster’s commercial arm, has partnered with Switch Media and telco MTN to launch BBC Kids in South Africa.  The agreement with Switch Media and MTN makes South Africa the fourth market to launch the BBC Kids brand, which provides BBC content for families and children under the age of 12, following […]

BBC Player launches in Poland with Canal+

Canal+ in Poland has struck a deal with BBC Studios (BBCS) that will see streaming service BBC Player launch in the country. The on demand offering from the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster will go live from 1 June and has been struck as part of a wider linear channel deal, extending an agreement […]

BBC names Buffini to chair new-look commercial board

The BBC has named Sir Damon Buffini as chairman of a new-look commercial board that will include a majority of external non-executive directors for the first time. The appointments to the board, which oversees BBC Studios and BBC Studioworks, come as the pubcaster attempts to ramp up its commercial activities as one of four strategic […]

UKTV’s Nicola Greaves to become BBC Studios EVP Global Operations

BBC Studios (BBCS) has promoted the director of technology & operations at its UK-based networks arm UKTV to become EVP of global operations. Nicola Greaves will reporting into BBCS’s COO Martyn Freeman and will oversee the management, strategy and delivery of BBCS content for its branded services division. The branded services arm houses BBCS’s global […]

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