BBC First


BBC’s drama channel launching in Europe

BBC Worldwide is launching its drama channel BBC First in Europe for the first time, TBI understands. It will launch in the Netherlands next month and throughout the Benelux region soon after. First is programmed with high-end scripted programming from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, and third-party UK drama. It has […]

BBC Earth set for Indian launch

The commercial arm of the BBC is gearing up to launch premium international channel brand BBC Earth on Indian television. BBC Worldwide has formed a strategic partnership with Multi Screen Media to launch the factual network in India. BBC Earth is one of three premium brands BBCWW has been rolling out, the others being drama-focused […]

Broadcasters get Banished

BBC Worldwide has sold drama series Banished to various broadcasters. Deals have been closed with VEO in Mexico, TVP1 in Poland, Cellcom in Israel, YLE in Finland and HRT in Croatia. It comes from Jimmy McGovern (The Street, Cracker) and follows people living in the first penal colony in Sydney, Australia. It scored well on […]

A+E poaches BBC Worldwide’s Hill

A+E Networks has poached BBC Worldwide’s Amanda Hill to become its chief creative officer, international. She will be responsible for overseeing A+E’s programming, marketing and communications teams across its global portfolio, which includes the A&E channel, History and FYI. Included in this is oversight of all content, including programming development and coproductions. Hill will also […]

BBC hires commissioner for int’l Earth channel

BBC Worldwide has recruited Kirsty Hanson as commissioning executive for its international factual channel BBC Earth. Hanson joins from Warner Bros Television Production UK.-owned UK prodco Twenty Twenty where her exec producer credits include The Restaurant Man for BBC Two. At Worldwide, she will report to commissioning vice president Julie Swanston. Hanson will develop and […]

BBC Worldwide appoints branding boss

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has hired Sarah Holt as head of brand and global campaigns. In the newly-created position, Holt will manage branding and the launch strategy for Worldwide’s new channels BBC First, BBC Brit and BBC Earth. She joins from tech firm Hailo where she was UK head […]

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 […]

Foxtel takes First place

Foxtel’s director of programmes Brian Walsh tells Jesse Whittock about the Australian pay TV leader’s content wishes, tackling online piracy through new services and plans for its upcoming BBC-branded premium channel. Next year will mark a significant milestone in the history of Australian television when pay TV platform Foxtel becomes the official content partner of […]

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, […]