Music had two of last year's biggest chart successes.
During 2000, BBC Music considerably developed the scope of its business,
establishing A & R capability and, via a deal with Universal Music
International, developing wider distribution.
most visible evidence of this has been the development of a hugely
successful children's music portfolio. Bob the Builder's single
Can We Fix It? went platinum and was the best-selling UK single
of 2000. The Tweenies' first single, No. 1, was one of the UKÕs
longest-charting top ten singles of 2000.
of the Pops
Top of the Pops continued its international TV success, with the
re-commissioning of German and Dutch versions, and the Italian version
- on RAI 2 - the "highest rated music show on TV in Italy ever".
TOTP has also sold to Australia, the Philippines, Singapore and
The TOTP CD compilations - three albums a year, usually hitting
the top two or three slot in the compilation chart - continue to
net 100,000 sales apiece.
BBC Music is also developing music programming for TV and radio.
example of this is David Bowie's exclusive BBC performance. In addition
to TV and radio sales, BBC Worldwide licensed the material and some
further archive recordings to EMI, which released Bowie at the Beeb
on CD around the world.
Operating within BBC Music, Radio International is the largest global
distributor of quality radio programmes. Radio International sells
to 55 countries and this year has moved from traditional radio sales
to online sales. More than 100 hours of product such as In Concert
and Pop Documentaries have been licensed to online partners for
streaming on demand.
Music Publishing is the top broadcaster-based music publisher in
the UK. It achieved a 49% increase in revenue, up from £715,000
to over £1m. Rights acquired include BBC TV News music, all channel
idents, Walking with Dinosaurs, Tweenies, Olympics 2000 and Warriors.
On Boxing Day 2000, BBC Worldwide moved into the arena show format
with runaway success, Tweenies Live! The touring show was integrated
into the brand development of Tweenies in the UK, building on Songtime,
the most popular element of the TV show. The show was devised as
rock and roll for the very young - possibly a child's first time
at a live event.
seats were sold for 98 UK performances. Nearly 100,000 people saw
the show at London's Wembley Arena alone. Several venues contacted
BBC Worldwide to report outstanding feedback from audiences. Many
attracted up to 50% new audiences to their venues.
tours are planned for Tweenies Live! New events including live shows
for other children's properties are planned.