Profits from the BBC's commercial services to businesses and consumers help fund it's public services.
BBC Worldwide is the commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the BBC.
The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s content for the benefit of licence fee payers by creating, acquiring, investing, developing and exploiting media content and brands around the world.
BBC Worldwide also creates value from non-BBC content and showcases British talent both in the UK and around the world.
Profits are then returned to the BBC in order to keep the licence fee as low as possible.
The seven geographic markets are grouped into three regions: North America; UK, Australia and New Zealand; and Global Markets (Asia, CEMA, Latin America and Western Europe). The three global business areas - Content, Digital 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.
BBC Advertising sells advertising and sponsorship solutions on behalf of BBC Worldwide's commercial portfolio across TV, online and mobile platforms globally.
BBC Studios and Post Production
BBC Studios and Post Production is the largest television studios and post facilities provider in the UK, offering world-class creative and technical production solutions to the media industry. Working in partnership with a broad range of media companies, it helps create content across all genres for a variety of broadcasters.
BBC International Unit
The BBC International Unit supplies TV facilities to overseas broadcasters transmitting from the UK.
BBC Academy provides face to face courses and online training programmes in television, radio, journalism, new media, health and safety and broadcast technology skills for it's own staff and for the wider media industry.
The BBC Academy is made up of the Colleges of Journalism, Production and Leadership and the Centre of Technology. Much of it's online learning is available external to the BBC (free in the UK, by paid subscription overseas).
BBC Shop is a multi-channel retailer selling thousands of books, DVDs, audiobooks and toys for fans of the BBC and BBC programmes. BBC Shop sells products online, by phone, post.