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BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Its vision is to build the BBC's brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world. This is achieved through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also champions British creativity globally.

In 2014/15, BBC Worldwide's headline sales were £1,001.8m and headline profits £138.6m. Taking into account part sale of BBC AMERICA to AMC Networks, headline sales and profits on ongoing operations were £948.1m (up 0.4%) and £127.2m (up 4.1%). Statutory profit before tax was £223.8m, up 77.3%. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website.

BBC Worldwide helps keep the Licence Fee as low as possible, returning a record £226.5m to the BBC in the last financial year, an increase in 30.3% from 2013/14 and equivalent to 12.6% of BBC Television content funding in the year.

In the past seven years the company has invested over £1bn in the UK's creative sector making it a major supporter for this increasingly important part of the 'UK plc'. BBC Worldwide also sells programmes and formats produced by more than 250 British independent producers. BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie is co-chair of UKTI's creative industries Sector Advisory Group, which is working to help grow creative industries exports and inward investment. UK creative businesses wanting to work internationally can find out more on UK Trade & Investment and the support it offers on the UKTI website.

BBC Worldwide operates under the BBC Charter and Agreement, which sets out the four commercial criteria with which the company's activities must comply. BBC Worldwide must:

  • Fit with the BBC's Public Purposes set out in the Charter
  • Be commercially efficient
  • Not jeopardise the good reputation of the BBC or the value of the BBC brands
  • Comply with the BBC's Fair Trading Guidelines and avoid distorting the market.


BBC Worldwide's operating businesses

The seven geographic markets are grouped into four regions: North America; UK, Australia and New Zealand; and Global Markets (Asia, CEMA, Latin America and Western Europe). The two global business areas - Content and Brands - set the strategic framework and parameters for activities within the regions and keep a close connection into BBC Worldwide's parent, the BBC. Digital is embedded throughout the business.

BBC Advertising sells advertising and sponsorship solutions on behalf of BBC Worldwide's commercial portfolio across TV, online and mobile platforms globally.

BBC Worldwide Labs offers digital media start-ups the opportunity to work within the business and strike up partnerships with relevant business divisions.  We're currently re-designing the BBC Worldwide Labs programme and will have an exciting update shortly.


You can find out more information in an online version of our current 2014/15 and view previous Annual Reviews.


Find out who makes up our Board & Committees here along with biographies.


BBC Worldwide is committed to the highest standards of ethics, honesty, openness and accountability. It is crucial that we take all necessary steps to protect the reputation of the BBC and the value of the BBC brand. As an organisation, BBC Worldwide takes a zero-tolerance approach to any form of corruption: in the course of our business activities we do not endorse any form of fraud or corruption from either our own staff or those acting on our behalf.

This commitment is reflected in the key principles in the BBC Worldwide Anti Fraud and Corruption Code of Conduct on our Ethics and Standards page, which we expect all our staff and those acting on our behalf to understand and comply with.

For information on ethical sourcing, see BBC Worldwide's Code of Ethical Policy and our WorldwideAware Corporate Responsibility pages.


BBC Worldwide Ltd is a subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Registered Office: Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, London W12 7FA
Registered Number: 1420028 England; VAT Number: GB 333289454

Annual Review

Annual Review 2014-15