The UK region of BBC Worldwide is overseen by Marcus Arthur, President of UK, Eire, ANZ and Global Advertising.
Our UK business identifies and secures commercial opportunities for BBC brands and programmes following their transmission on the BBC, to further audiences’ enjoyment of their favourite shows, through digital products such as downloads, websites, and apps and physical products including DVDs, magazines, books and toys.
The UK business is responsible for BBC Store, a download-to-own service launched in November 2015. To date, the service offers UK fans the opportunity to buy and keep up to 9000 hours of BBC programming from recent hits such as Doctor Foster and War and Peace, to classic shows like Dad’s Army, Only Fools and Horses and David Attenborough’s Zoo Quest.
The team also oversees a number of licensing partnerships for our CBeebies titles from Hey Duggee and Go Jetters to fan favourite Doctor Who, which now includes LEGO Doctor Who sets.
Commercial broadcaster UKTV is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Inc., and features a suite of paid and free-to-air TV channels including Dave, Drama, Gold and W. Its programme offering includes a wealth of BBC programmes, licensed to UKTV for broadcast on its network, such as Doctor Who, Gavin and Stacey and EastEnders.
In addition, the TV Sales team licenses BBC programmes to other linear and digital broadcasters and platforms in the UK, fulfilling demand for second window availability.
Also sitting within this division is the UK’s Live Entertainment business creates immersive experiences for fans from CBeebies Land at Alton Towers to fan conventions such as the Doctor Who Festival. Recently Countryfile Live with SME events, was hosted at Blenheim Palace in August 2016 attracting around 125,000 visitors over four days.
The Radio & Music business also sits within the UK business and exploits rights to the music owned by the BBC’s Public Service Radio stations, while the wholly-owned Demon Record Group acquires artist’s catalogues for commercial exploitation in various consumer and business markets.
We also have responsibility for BBC Motion Gallery, a joint venture with Getty Images, which licenses the use of video clips of BBC programmes, and BBC Worldwide Learning, which creates English Language teaching materials from BBC content for use outside the UK, including for CBeebies learning centres in Beijing.
BBC Store website and apps will be closing on 1st November 2017.
Although customers will still be able to watch their purchases until then, from now on we are no longer making programmes available to buy on BBC Store.
If you are a BBC Store customer, you can request a refund and will find more information on how to claim here.
We do hope to make the programmes you could only get on BBC Store available elsewhere at some point in the future. And do remember that programmes on BBC iPlayer are now available to watch for up to 30 days after broadcast, alongside a range of complete series and fascinating collections.