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WHO WE ARE
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned
subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Its
vision is to build the BBC's brands, audiences, commercial returns
and reputation across the world. This is achieved through investing
in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the
world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values.
The business also champions British creativity globally.
In 2014/15, BBC Worldwide's headline sales were £1,001.8m and
headline profits £138.6m. Taking into account part sale of BBC
AMERICA to AMC Networks, headline sales and profits on ongoing
operations were £948.1m (up 0.4%) and £127.2m (up 4.1%). Statutory
profit before tax was £223.8m, up 77.3%. For more detailed
performance information please see our Annual Review
BBC Worldwide helps keep the Licence Fee as low as possible,
returning a record £226.5m to the BBC in the last financial year,
an increase in 30.3% from 2013/14 and equivalent to 12.6% of BBC
Television content funding in the year.
In the past seven years the company has invested over £1bn in
the UK's creative sector making it a major supporter for this
increasingly important part of the 'UK plc'. BBC Worldwide also
sells programmes and formats produced by more than 250 British
independent producers. BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie is
co-chair of UKTI's creative industries Sector Advisory Group, which
is working to help grow creative industries exports and inward
investment. UK creative businesses wanting to work internationally
can find out more on UK Trade & Investment and the support it
offers on the UKTI website.
BBC Worldwide operates under the BBC Charter and
Agreement, which sets out the four commercial criteria with which
the company's activities must comply. BBC Worldwide must:
- Fit with the BBC's Public Purposes set out in the
- Be commercially efficient
- Not jeopardise the good reputation of the BBC or the
value of the BBC brands
- Comply with the BBC's Fair Trading Guidelines and avoid
distorting the market.
BBC Worldwide's operating businesses
The seven geographic markets are grouped into four regions: North America;
UK, Australia and New
Zealand; and Global
Markets (Asia, CEMA, Latin America and Western Europe). The two
global business areas - Content and Brands - set the strategic framework and
parameters for activities within the regions and keep a close
connection into BBC Worldwide's parent, the BBC. Digital is
embedded throughout the business.
Advertising sells advertising and sponsorship solutions on
behalf of BBC Worldwide's commercial portfolio across TV, online
and mobile platforms globally.
You can find out more information in an online version of our
current 2014/15 and view previous Annual Reviews.
WHO'S ON THE BOARD?
Find out who makes up our Board &
Committees here along with biographies.
OUR ETHICS AND STANDARDS
BBC Worldwide is committed to the highest standards of ethics,
honesty, openness and accountability. It is crucial that we take
all necessary steps to protect the reputation of the BBC and the
value of the BBC brand. As an organisation, BBC Worldwide takes a
zero-tolerance approach to any form of corruption: in the course of
our business activities we do not endorse any form of fraud or
corruption from either our own staff or those acting on our
This commitment is reflected in the key principles in the BBC
Worldwide Anti Fraud and Corruption Code of
Conduct on our Ethics and Standards page, which we expect all
our staff and those acting on our behalf to understand and comply
For information on ethical sourcing, see
BBC Worldwide's Code of Ethical Policy and our WorldwideAware
Corporate Responsibility pages.
BBC Worldwide Ltd is a subsidiary of the British
Registered Office: Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, London W12
Registered Number: 1420028 England; VAT Number: GB