Transformation

BBC Worldwide exists to generate commercial returns from BBC programmes and other British content. This allows us to make a significant cash return to the BBC each year – helping to fund much-loved programmes enjoyed in the UK and beyond – and to showcase and support the UK’s television industry on the world stage.

Celebrating Success

In addition to the year’s highlights, you can see individual stories around the global success of Planet Earth II, the launch of BritBox in the US and Sir David Attenborough at 90 by clicking through to more videos here.

Highlights of the year

£1,059.9m

Headline Sales

[2015/16 £1.029.4m] +3.0%

£157.3m

Headline Profit

[2015/16 £133.8m] +17.6%

£210.5m

Returns to the BBC

[2015/16 £222.2m] -5.3%

£989.0m

Returns to the BBC over previous five years

[2015/16 £994.2m] -0.52%

Five-year returns to the BBC £m
2016/17
210.5
2015/16
222.2
2014/15
226.5
2013/14
173.8
2012/13
215.7

 

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What we do

BBC Worldwide is a company with content at its heart

1

We
partner

2

We
commercialise

3

We deliver
returns

2

We commercialise

  • Programme and format sales
  • Channel commissions
  • Formats and original content production
  • BBC branded services
  • Ancillaries and other IP exploitation
  • Marketing and social media

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3

We deliver returns

  • Programme investment
  • Dividends
  • Other rights payments
  • Growing the brand across the globe
  • Building the reach of BBC programmes to rightsholders
  • Showcasing UK creativity
  • Profit share
  • Royalties

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Executive reviews

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

'I am pleased that this has been another good year for BBC Worldwide. Both headline sales and profit showed good growth.'

Tony Hall, Chairman BBC Worldwide
and Director-General, BBC

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S REVIEW

'It has been another successful year for BBC Worldwide as we continue to transform the business. The shifts underway in our markets have, if anything, accelerated in the past 12 months.'

Tim Davie, Chief Executive BBC Worldwide
and Director, Global

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CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER'S REVIEW

'Strength in 2016/17 was driven by our broad range of businesses and franchises, our clear strategy and focus, and our stronger cash flow.'

Tom Fussell, Chief Financial Officer, BBC Worldwide

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Where we operate

United Kingdom

Extending fans’ enjoyment

Headline sales £m

2016/17
381.3
2015/16
379.3

Headline profit £m

2016/17
66.6
2015/16
62.4

 

 

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North America

Creating more consumer choice

Headline sales £m

2016/17
273.8
2015/16
277.9

Headline profit £m

2016/17
27.3
2015/16
24.2

 

 

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Australia & New Zealand

Strong growth in branded services

Headline sales £m

2016/17
79.5
2015/16
79.1

Headline profit £m

2016/17
21.1
2015/16
19.2

 

 

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Global Markets

Taking Britain to the world

Headline sales £m

2016/17
331.4
2014/15
305.7

Headline profit £m

2016/17
42.6
2015/16
26.4

 

 

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For previous years' Annual Reviews, please visit Companies House or contact us via our webform.