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WHO WE ARE
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly
owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
which operates in the UK and over 200 countries around the world.
The company is self-funded and exists to exploit the value of the
BBC's assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in
public service programming in return for rights.
We acquire the commercial rights to great programmes such as
Doctor Who, Top Gear and Dancing with the Stars
and find ways of earning money from these rights across different
media and markets. In 2011/12, BBC Worldwide generated headline
profits of £155 million on headline sales of £1085 million and
returned £216 million to the BBC. For more detailed performance
information please see our Annual Review
In April 2009, the company was awarded the Queen's Award for
Enterprise, recognising the company's substantial growth in
earnings over the previous three years.
BBC Worldwide operates under the BBC Charter and Agreement,
which sets out the following four commercial criteria with which
our activities must comply. BBC Worldwide must:
- Fit with the BBC's Public Purposes set out in the Charter
- 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.
From April 2nd 2013, BBC Worldwide introduced a new structure,
centred around geographic business units with commercial
accountability, underpinned by strong centralised functions which
offer consistency around content, editorial, brands and digital.
This new structure allows BBC Worldwide to further increase its
global presence, get closer to customers, operate more swiftly and
put it in the best position to capitalise on opportunities around
BBC Worldwide's operating businesses
The seven geographic P&Ls are: Asia; Australia & New Zealand (ANZ); Central &
Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMA); Latin America;
UK; US & Canada
The three global business areas - Content, Digital 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.
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 2011/12 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: Media Centre, 201 Wood Lane, London W12
Registered Number: 1420028 England; VAT Number: GB