beeb.com is now established as one of the UK's leading consumer
Ventures Ltd (bVL)
bVL was formed on 1 August 2000, when major US-based technology
investor TH Lee Putnam Ventures (THLi) agreed to invest £32.5m for
a minority stake in BBC Worldwide's beeb.com and beeb.net businesses.
The subsidiary company now operates internet shopping portal beeb.com
and free Internet Service Provider beeb.net.
Launched in 1997, beeb.com has rapidly increased traffic, revenue
and content, and according to MMXI research (November 2000), is
the UK's fourth most visited retail website. Traffic increased by
50%, with revenue up 74% from Q4 1999/00 to Q4 2000/01.
features shopping guides including Top Gear, Gardeners' World and
Holiday, and webzines based on BBC Worldwide magazine brands such
as Radio Times.
the year, ISP beeb.net reached operating profit, with more than
145,000 subscribers. It is one of the best performing ISPs on the
market - ranked as "the second best ISP for performance and
reliability over the last six months." [Source: Internet Magazine,
Multimedia had an excellent year, with sales increasing by 119%
on 1999/00. Several CD-ROMs scored major consumer successes. Tweenies
Ready to Play became our best-selling UK title of the year. It was
the top-selling children's CD-ROM for the year and has sold more
than 100,000 units.
Multimedia also received a number of awards, including a Gold award
from BIMA for Tweenies Ready to Play, and a Gold win at the IVCA
Awards for Bob the Builder - Can We Fix It?
BBC Multimedia also released titles on PlayStation* and Game Boy
Color, including Bob the Builder, Tweenies, Teletubbies and Noddy.
Robot Wars - Metal Mayhem on Game Boy was a huge success with more
than 50,000 units dispatched since December 2000.
As well as providing response services to high profile BBC productions,
Audiocall has secured ongoing contracts with Channel 4, E4 and Channel
Audiocall's telephone voting system for Channel 4's Big Brother
smashed UK television vote records, handling 18.38m votes during
BDS expanded its listings operations in the UK and Europe. Revenue
increased over 24% on the previous year, and the business won another
major European contract.
Fulfilment house Galleon has developed a number of solutions for
internet and interactive TV subscription ordering and online customer
relationship management. Its SubscribeONLINE product, which allows
publishers to accept magazine subscriptions securely via the internet,
has already fulfilled more than 10,000 customer subscriptions.
& Interactive, in conjunction with the regional divisions, has
licensed localised versions of BBC Online's acclaimed Walking
with Dinosaurs website to 14 territories.
successfully integrated news headlines, BBC Online material,
and newly created content, all relevant to American audiences.
The site now attracts more than 2m page impressions per month.