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Marcus Arthur


Marcus Arthur


President, BBC Worldwide UK & ANZ

Marcus develops BBC Worldwide's UK revenue streams through our joint venture UKTV, Consumer Products business, and other physical businesses such as books and magazines. He drives future business opportunities and new revenue streams including Live Events. Marcus also plays a key role in working with the BBC to leverage its IP for Licence Fee payers.

Marcus Arthur is President, BBC Worldwide UK and ANZ, where he is responsible for driving ANZ revenue streams. ANZ is led by Jon Penn, Managing Director ANZ. He took up the role from his current position of MD, Global Brands, where his business worked in conjunction with other departments to drive greater value from BBC Worldwide's leading international and multi-format properties, such as Lonely Planet, Top Gear, Dancing with the Stars, Doctor Who and BBC Earth - an aggregating brand for all BBC Worldwide's natural history content.

Marcus is responsible for building Top Gear into a global franchise. During his tenure, the brand has diversified into books and DVDs, formatted series - with two in Australia and Russia - and a live tour, which travelled to major cities in the UK and around the world, and was watched by 300,000 people.

Marcus also leads the teams devising strategies around the multi-platform aggregator brand, BBC Earth, as well as children's favourite Doctor Who. BBC Earth will look to drive better value from the BBC's rich resource of national history content and ensure that credit for the production of all these properties goes back to the BBC.

He began his career in advertising sales for Redwood Publishing, joining BBC Worldwide in 1991, when the BBC's commercial arm took over the business. In 1997 he moved from group advertisement manager of Lifestyle titles to become Publisher of this group, adding Top Gear Natural History and Music titles to his portfolio over the next 3 years. In 2000 he completed a two-year MBA at Ashridge Business School.

Marcus joined the BBC Magazines Board at the end of 2001, and the BBC Haymarket Exhibitions Board a year later. In 2002, Marcus moved over to publish the Radio Times as Publishing Director, delivering Radio Times' most profitable year in 2003/04. In 2005 Marcus was promoted to Managing Director, BBC Magazines (London) and two years later, Marcus took responsibility for the transformation of a number of BBC Worldwide magazine titles to the web, overseeing delivery of the infrastructure for all BBC Worldwide's passion sites.

He is married with two children and lives in London.