BBC Worldwide Ltd
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to exploit the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. In 2011/12, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £155 million on headline sales of £1085 million and returned £216 million to the BBC. In April 2013, BBC Worldwide restructured its business to be based around geographic locations, supported by key global business areas.
BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand
Australia & New Zealand is a priority territory for BBC Worldwide, focusing on growth across all its core businesses. In 2011/12, BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) increased revenue by 9% on the previous year, generating AUS$140m. Based in Macquarie Park, Sydney, BBC Worldwide ANZ wholly owns five channels; UKTV, BBC Knowledge and CBeebies in Australia; UKTV and BBC Knowledge in New Zealand; and is responsible for the distribution and promotion of BBC World News which transmits in both countries. It has announced that it will launch a new premium BBC channel showcasing premiere drama and comedy on the Foxtel platform in August 2014. BBC Worldwide ANZ distributes great British content from the BBC and other producers to all free-to-air and most subscription channels in Australia and New Zealand. It works with partners to bring BBC Worldwide DVDs, magazines, digital apps, innovative products and live events to the local market, as well as offering advertising opportunities for the BBC’s world renowned bbc.com news site and lonelyplanet.com. Australia is the most successful territory for the global BBC iPlayer.