BBC Worldwide

Government could force BBCWW to sell UKTV stake

The British government could force BBC Worldwide to sell its 50% in multichannel operator UKTV, which has been a vital cash cow for the BBC’s commercial operation. The culture department of the Conservative government has considered forcing a sale various times in the past two years, and according to The Telegraph, it has now revisited […]

BBCWW poaches Scripps channel boss

The US division of BBC Worldwide has hired Sergei Kuharsky as strategy and business development chief, poaching him from Scripps where he was running Food Network. The move reunites Kuharsky with Worldwide’s US president Ann Sarnoff, with the pair having previously worked together at Nickelodeon. At Worldwide Kuharsky will be based in New York and […]

Former Shine finance chief heads to BBCWW

BBC Worldwide has hired former Shine CFO Tom Fussell as its new finance chief. He replaces Andrew Bott, whose departure for FremantleMedia was announced late last year, with Suzanne Burrows then covering his role on an interim basis. Fussell takes the CFO role at Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC, from May […]

BBC Worldwide and Spiegel strike partnership

BBC Worldwide and Spiegel have inked a deal that will see the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster provide a range of programming to the German publishing group’s TV channels over several years. The agreement will see Spiegel take a large number of factual titles from Worldwide for its Spiegel Geschichte and Spiegel TV […]

Inea offering BBC channels unencrypted

Polish cable operator Inea is offering BBC Worldwide’s BBC Brit and BBC HD channels unencrypted until the end of February as a promotional offer. The move means that all Inea’s basic customers will be able to view BBC Brit, which is aimed at a male-skewed audience, and BBC HD, which showcases the best of BBC […]

Amazon, BBC Worldwide co-produce fashion drama

Amazon Prime Instant Video and BBC Worldwide have greenlit an eight-part fashion-themed drama from UK indie Lookout Point. The Collection is set in the world of French haute couture just after the Second World War, and will launch exclusively in 2016 for Amazon Prime members in the UK. This marks the first time Amazon has ordered […]

BBC Store launches with ‘most comprehensive ever’ offering

BBC Worldwide today launches its download-to-own BBC Store, promising access to the “most comprehensive collection of BBC programmes ever collected”. The store is a joint effort between the BBC’s commercial and public service arms and is accessible both through the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service and from a standalone website – with BBC Store mobile apps […]

BBCWW moves forward with US OTT plans

BBC Worldwide is pushing ahead with its plans to launch an OTT service in the US, but will not be partnering with BBC America partner AMC Networks. David Moody, director of strategy at the BBC’s commercial arm, told a London Westminster Media Forum conference focused on the future of the BBC that the commercial arm of […]

Vivendi revamps Watchever with branded channels, BBC Brit on board

Vivendi-owned German subscription video-on-demand service Watchever has revamped its service with a new structure based around branded channels. The SVoD service, the new version of which is available from today, is offering a total of 25 branded channels across genres, that have been developed in partnership with content providers including CBS, BBC Worldwide, The Walt […]

South African SVOD service buys BBCWW shows

South African subscription on-demand platform MTN FrontRow has acquired BBC Worldwide shows Sherlock and Planet Earth through a deal with rights broker Vubiquity. The deal also includes crime drama Luther, period drama Call the Midwife, documentary series Africa and children’s shows such as Charlie and Lola. Orphan Black, Ripper Street, Happy Valley, Top of the […]

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