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BBC joins with Rai in battle over Mediaset format

The BBC has weighed into an ongoing legal case between Italian broadcasters Mediaset and Rai. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, are joining Rai in claiming that Mediaset’s Baila! format is a copy of its own Dancing with the Stars. For its part, Mediaset says the formats are distinct and that […]

BBC Worldwide names CEE chief

BBC Worldwide Channels, the international channels arm of the British public broadcaster, has hired former Discovery exec Zbigniew Pruski as commercial manager across its portfolio of channels in Central and Eastern Europe. Pruski, who was previously affiliate sales administration executive at Discovery, will report to Jacek Koskowski, general manager, BBC Worldwide Channels, central and eastern […]

BBC Worldwide appoints EVP EMEA

BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, has appointed Joerg Bachmaier as regional executive vice-president for Europe, Middle East and Africa. This follows the announcement last week of Fred Medina as the executive vice-president for Latin America. One of three new regional executive vice-president appointments at BBC Worldwide, Bachmaier will be responsible for strategic development in EMEA, […]

BBC Worldwide launching Facebook VOD

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, is launching a Facebook application that will allow subscribers to the social network to watch full episodes of motoring series Top Gear. The video-on-demand application will allow viewers to purchase or rent episodes of the Jeremy Clarkson-fronted competition series using Facebook credits. The application was […]

BBC Worldwide offloads magazines for £121 million

BBC Worldwide, the commercial division of UK public broadcaster the BBC, has sold its magazines unit to private equity firm Exponent. The deal gives Exponent all of BBC Worldwide’s non-BBC branded magazines and rights to publish branded titles under license as well as specialist publisher Origin. Separately, Worldwide has sold its 50% share in Indian […]

Scripps acquires Virgin Media stake in UKTV

US-based Scripps Networks Interactive has struck a deal to acquire Virgin Media’s 50% stake in UKTV. Scripps will pay £239 million (€273 million) for Virgin Media’s common equity and a further £100 million for the outstanding preferred shares and debt owned by UKTV to Virgin Media. BBC Worldwide will retain its 50% stake in UKTV. […]

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