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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). BBC Worldwide exists to support the BBC public service mission and to maximise profits on its behalf. It does this 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 builds the reach and reputation of the BBC brand overseas and champions British creativity.

In 2012/13 the company saw headline sales rise by 3% to £1,116m - exceeding the £1bn mark for a fifth year.  Profit for the year 2012/13 rose 1% to £156m. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website.

BBC Worldwide helps keep the Licence Fee as low as possible, returning over £1bn to the BBC since 2007, and £156m in the last financial year.

In the past five 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 200 different UK independent producers.

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 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.


BBC Worldwide's operating businesses

The seven geographic markets are grouped into three regions: North America; UK, Australia and New Zealand; and Global Markets (Asia, CEMA, Latin America and Western Europe). 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.

BBC Advertising sells advertising and sponsorship solutions on behalf of BBC Worldwide's commercial portfolio across TV, online and mobile platforms globally.


ANNUAL REVIEWS

You can find out more information in an online version of our current 2012/13 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 behalf
This commitment is reflected in the key principles contained within our Anti Fraud and Corruption Code of Conduct, which we expect all our staff and those acting on our behalf to understand and comply with.

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 behalf.

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 with.

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 Broadcasting Corporation.
Registered Office: Media Centre, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TQ
Registered Number: 1420028 England; VAT Number: GB 333289454
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Annual Review

Annual Review 2012-13