Irene Read


Nine to visit Planet Earth II

Australian commercial channel Nine Network has acquired local premiere rights to Planet Earth II, which scored huge ratings for the BBC in the UK this week. The BBC Studios Natural History Unit-produced series took 9.2 million viewers on its premiere on Sunday, making it the biggest-rating natural history programme in the UK for 15 years. […]

Stan nets exclusive Sherlock streaming deal

Stan has taken the exclusive rights to the upcoming season of Sherlock, meaning the latest instalment of the BBC drama series will launch on the streaming service in Australia. Stan, which is backed by commercial broadcaster Nine Network and media company Fairfax, also has exclusive streaming rights to previous Sherlock seasons and specials, validating its […]

BBC Worldwide rejigs Oz, NZ business

BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand is restructuring its sales operation, merging its TV, digital and formats units under one umbrella. Director of content sales Irene Read (pictured) will oversee the enlarged business, with Deborah Tod taking up a new post as head of content sales for Australia, with Sam Stacey handed a new post […]

BBC Worldwide poaches ABC exec

BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand has tapped Australian pubcaster the ABC to find a new director of television. Natalie Edgar, currently ABC1’s deputy controller, takes up the role to replace Deirdre Brennan, who is going the other way to join ABC as kids TV controller next year. Edgar will oversee editorial for BBCWW Australia […]