Worldwide is the UK's ninth largest books publisher.
Four out of the Sunday Telegraph's top ten best-sellers of 2000
were BBC Worldwide books - Delia's How to Cook: Books One and
Two, Simon Schama's A History of Britain Volume I and Terry Wogan's
Is It Me? Three out of the Sunday Times' 2000 top ten best-sellers
list - which excludes cookery books - also went to BBC Worldwide
books, this time Terry Wogan, Simon Schama and Steve Redgrave.
consumer sales value of BBC Worldwide books increased by double
the market average (10.1% against 5% Source: Booktrack).
year's runaway success was Simon Schama's A History of Britain
Volume I, a best-seller in books, video and audio. 150,000 copies
of the hardback were sold.
Worldwide's new autobiography strand launched very successfully,
with Terry Wogan's Is It Me? selling more than 135,000 copies.
Steve Redgrave's autobiography, A Golden Age, sold 57,000 copies.
Worldwide is the UK's leading publisher of food and drink books,
and this strand continued to be a major strength, from the Delia
Smith best-sellers to Gary Rhodes. His New British Classics has
sold more than 200,000 copies since launch.
the US, our catalogue of 38 titles increased sales by 50% and
we worked with industry leaders such as Dorling Kindersley and
Scholastic. In South America we established a pan-regional publishing
partnership with Folio.
As a leading player in the video industry, BBC Worldwide continued
to expand its catalogue of VHS titles with new comedy, factual
and drama releases.
the UK, cult success The League of Gentlemen Series One sold more
than 140,000 units, while a buy-one-get-one free offer for comedy
classic Only Fools and Horses led to unit sales of more than a
million. The BBC's video catalogue of Comedy Greats also sold
well in Australia.
addition, BBC Worldwide continued to strengthen its position as
the UK's leading non-film DVD distributor, with nearly 30 titles
including The Planets, Walking with Dinosaurs and classics such
as Blackadder and Doctor Who.
the US, a deal with Warner transformed the BBC's video business
overnight from a licensing business into a fully-fledged marketing
with Dinosaurs was launched on video and DVD, with combined sales
of nearly 750,000 units. Its sequel, The Ballad of Big Al, has
already sold 100,000 units into trade.
in with the US launch of the movie Chicken Run, the BBC relaunched
three Wallace and Gromit titles on video. A DVD launch is planned
for autumn 2001.
growth of DVD in the US and Canada is reflected by the fact that
with fewer than ten titles on DVD, fully 22% of sales came from