BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide channels launch on Polish OTT service

Cyfrowy Polsat-owned OTT TV service Ipla has added three BBC Worldwide channels to its programming line-up. Ipla is adding BBC Brit, the ‘best of British’ channel featuring a mix of factual entertainment programming, including Top Gear, to its Ipla Rozrywka and Ipla Wiedza News Rozrywka packages. The OTT TV service is also offering natural history […]

BBC needs to focus on online, talent and finance, says commerce chief

The BBC needs to respond to the fragmentation of audiences and the emergence of global competition by focusing on its online presence, developing “world-class creativity” and ensuring that its finances are stable, according to Bal Samra, the UK public broadcaster’s group commercial director. Speaking at Marketforce’s The Future of Broadcasting conference in London this morning, […]

Major content firms pact for anti-piracy coalition

The Hollywood studios, leading SVOD services and key networks around the world have formed a global anti-piracy coalition. In total, 30 companies have come together to create the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) to combat illegal video and content downloads. These include Amazon, BBC Worldwide, CBS Corp., NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Twentieth […]

BBC Worldwide places BBC Store under review

The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, is mulling whether to close down its transactional VOD service, BBC Store, just 18 months after its launch. The Telegraph reported over the weekend that BBC Worldwide is poised to shut down Store after it failed to hit commercial targets. A source with knowledge of the matter confirmed to […]

BBC Advertising names business development and innovation chief

BBC Worldwide’s advertising unit, BBC Advertising, has named Errol Baran as SVP of business development and innovation. In this new role, he will be charged with developing the commercial product portfolio and the profile of the business through consumer insight and partnerships. Baran previously worked as head of UK and Europe partnerships at Live Nation, […]

Google to add BBC content to Google Earth

Google will have a raft of BBC content on its relaunched Google Earth service. The internet giant is refreshing its maps and mapping service and has struck a deal with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, and Earth will now have BBC footage from what it calls its Natural Treasures collection. […]

BBC Worldwide strikes Africa SVOD deal with Iflix

BBC Worldwide has sold a raft of programmes including Top Gear and Luther to African Netflix rival iflix. The deal, the first between the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster and the African streaming service, covers 150 hours of UK programming. As well as popular motoring format Top Gear and Idris Elba cop series Luther, […]

Kids SVOD service Azoomee secures BBC deal

Kids SVOD service Azoomee has snagged a raft of BBC kids shows. The on-demand service has licensed a package of CBeebies titles from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster. The content has been licensed for twelve months and already launched on the Azoomee app. Its founders noted Charlie and Lola is […]

BBC Worldwide takes Cbeebies to Taiwan

BBC Worldwide, the UK public broadcaster’s commercial arm, is launching kids channel Cbeebies in Taiwan on March 13. The channel, which will be available in a dual-language, localised version, will be available across 15 cable operators in Taiwan, reaching over 3.8 million households. The launch will bring a mix of content dubbed in Mandarin to […]

BritBox names BBCWW exec as president

BritBox, the forthcoming US subscription VOD service from BBC Worldwide and ITV, has appointed Soumya Sriraman as president, North America. Sriraman, who was most recently executive vice-president of franchise and digital enterprises at BBC Worldwide North America, takes up her new role effective immediately. She will be responsible for the overall strategy and operation of BritBox, […]