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RTE controller quits for BBC Worldwide commissioning role

George Dixon has quit Irish public broadcaster RTE to take a commissioning role at BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster. At Worldwide Dixon will be global editorial director, filling a role vacated by Liam Keelan after he stepped into Caroline Torrance’s role running scripted programming when she left for Zodiak Media. […]

Third global BBC Worldwide channel brand named BBC Brit

BBC Worldwide’s third thematic channel brand, a male-skewed factual entertainment network, will be known as BBC Brit. The brand will sit alongside the existing factual channel BBC Earth and the upcoming premium drama and entertainment network BBC First when it launches as expected sometime in the next financial year. BBC Brit will target male viewers […]

BBC Worldwide and CCTV agree copro deal

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC, and Chinese state broadcaster CCTV have signed an agreement for new factual programming. A memorandum of understanding between Worldwide and CCTV factual channel CCTV-9 paves the way for at least two new major factual projects and sees the pair set up a new development hub […]

Cars and comedy dominate YouTube ratings

German motoring channel Motorvision (pictured) is the most-watched original YouTube channel in the EU. It has garnered 69 million views, placing it top of the list of official YouTube channels in the EU region. French comedy channels Studio Bagel and Ponk are the second and third most-watched with 63 million and 53 million respectively. BBC […]

BBC Worldwide confirms international channel changes

The BBC’s commercial arm has confirmed its new premium content channel brand will be known as BBC First, ahead of the net’s first launch on Australian pay TV platform Foxtel next year and a major investment in new programming. BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie said the service would be launched on linear and non-linear platforms, […]

BBC Worldwide channels under threat

BBC Worldwide’s linear channels portfolio is under scrutiny as new CEO Tim Davie looks to focus the business and exploit its premium programming catalogue – without struggling with “mid-tier” offerings. Speaking at the FT Digital Media conference this morning, Davie defended brands like BBC Earth, but said there were “other offers further down in the […]