Management changes at BBC Worldwide

Steve Macallister Steve Macallister oversaw a department with a £72.3m profit

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Steve Macallister is leaving his role as managing director of sales and distribution at BBC Worldwide, as the company continues with changes to its structure.

BBC Worldwide, which is owned by the BBC and also sells the corporation's shows abroad, is changing its management from divisional to geographic lines as it increases its focus on international markets.

Sales activity will now come under the responsibility of their respective regions in the Global Markets division. Hence, a chief sales officer is "no longer necessary" according to a BBC Worldwide spokesperson.

Macallister, who will leave in March 2013, oversaw a department that made a profit of £72.3 million and headline sales of £292.7m in 2011/12.

He was also responsible for the company's annual export showcase, which generated more than £50m this year and he helped BBC Worldwide become the world's biggest exporter of TV shows outside the United States.

Jessica Raine and Jenny Agutter Call the Midwife was one of the shows at the BBC Worldwide export showcase in Liverpool this year
Proud of growth

Macallister said he felt "enormous pride to have grown the business to its current industry leading position".

"It has been an absolute privilege to lead what is, in my view, the finest distribution team in the industry, as well as to represent what is undoubtedly the world's greatest television catalogue," he added.

Helen Jackson, who is currently managing director of Content & Production, has been confirmed in the new role of chief content officer where she will oversee the creative and commercial vision for BBC Worldwide's content strategy.

She will also manage development and acquisitions, the curation of BBC Worldwide's tv channels and editorial standards.

BBC Worldwide

Moriarty and Sherlock
  • BBC-owned company has programme catalogue of 50,000 hours
  • Sells shows and formats made by the BBC and around 300 UK indies
  • Promotes the BBC's fifth public purpose of bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK
  • Hits include natural history shows and Top Gear; Sherlock (above) and Doctor Who have been sold to approx. 200 countries each

Other management changes include:

  • A new role of operations director will oversee Technology, Property and Operations/Sales Fulfilment, and will be advertised shortly.
  • The role of chief brands officer, who will be responsible for the company's global marketing activity, is currently being appointed.

Paul Dempsey, interim chief executive of BBC Worldwide, said the company was "entering a new era with an exciting array of opportunities for growth, both in mature and emerging markets, as well as in the explosion of digital routes to market".

In 2011/12, BBC Worldwide generated headline sales of £1085m and returned £216m to the BBC. Headline profits came in at £155m.

Acting BBC director general Tim Davie will start his role as chief executive of BBC Worldwide next spring.

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