Amanda McGregor promoted to BBC Worldwide Australia’s First Director of Brands, Consumers and New Ventures

Australian consumers have a great affinity with our brands which is reflected in the fact that a greater proportion of our revenues come from these brands than anywhere else in the world.”Amanda McGregor
Date: 05.12.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.50
Category: BBC Worldwide
Tony Iffland, General Manager of BBC Worldwide Australia, today announced that Amanda McGregor will be the new Director of Brands, Consumers and New Ventures, overseeing all commercial and marketing activity for BBC Worldwide in Australia and New Zealand.

Amanda is currently the Director of Marketing for BBC Worldwide Australia and her new role will continue to oversee marketing, brand and consumer strategy for BBC Worldwide’s Australian group of businesses, but will take on additional responsibility for the commercial activity of its six global brands in territory (Top Gear, Dancing With The Stars, Doctor Who, Torchwood, BBC Earth and Lonely Planet) as well as developing other new areas of business.                             

This new role has been created to reflect the growing emphasis on brands in the business and it will include overseeing live events and gaming, two new and rapidly evolving areas of growth for BBC Worldwide’s global brands in territory.  The two Heads of Commercial Services (Heather McIlfatrick and one to be recruited) will report to Amanda alongside her current team of 16.

In her new role Amanda will continue to report to Helen Kellie, BBC Worldwide’s global Chief Marketing Officer based in London, and Tony Iffland in territory, but will come under BBC Worldwide’s Brands, Consumers & New Ventures business division led by Managing Director Marcus Arthur.

Says Tony Iffland, General Manager of BBC Worldwide Australia: “Amanda is the ideal person to drive forward greater consumer, brand and marketing focus across BBC Worldwide Australia, and to support our rapidly growing new business areas.  She has demonstrated an excellent track record in developing and exploiting our brands across a range of platforms and I am sure will provide great leadership for the live events and gaming areas of our business going forward.”

Says Marcus Arthur, Managing Director of Brands, Consumers and New Ventures:  “Spearheading the extension of well-known properties such as Doctor Who, Top Gear or Dancing With The Stars into areas of complete consumer immersion like Live Events and Gaming is exciting but not without its challenges. It’s for this very reason that I know Amanda is the perfect person to ensure we can build even closer relationships with the Australian and New Zealand fans of these shows in the next few years and give them exactly what they’re looking for.”

Says Amanda McGregor: “I’m delighted to take on this new role, leading our world class and much-loved brand portfolio at such an important time for the business. Australian consumers have a great affinity with our brands which is reflected in the fact that a greater proportion of our revenues come from these brands than anywhere else in the world.”

One of Amanda’s first priorities will be to recruit a new Head of Commercial Services.

Biography

Amanda was appointed Director of Marketing, BBC Worldwide Australia in July 2009.  In this role she has been responsible for: brand, marketing and marketing communications strategy development; implementation, digital and relationship marketing; and audience and consumer insight. She has also led the recent launch of the global BBC iPlayer in Australia.
Amanda joined BBC Worldwide as Director of Marketing for its Channels business in February 2009. She developed and implemented the over arching marketing communications strategy for BBC Worldwide’s Australasian channels, which comprise: UKTV and UKTV NZ, BBC Knowledge and BBC Knowledge NZ, BBC World News and CBeebies.

Prior to joining BBC Worldwide, Amanda was Head of Marketing for the Australia Network – the ABC’s international commercial channel broadcasting into more than 44 countries across Asia, the Pacific and the Indian subcontinent.

Amanda moved to London from Australia in 2001 where she spent seven years with the BBC in a number of leadership marketing roles, including Head of Strategic Projects, BBC Vision where she lead the development of multi-channel and digital brand strategies for the BBC’s portfolio of eight television channels and led the consumer launch of BBC HD. She was also an integral part of the BBC Digital Marketing team (now Future Media and Technology) which launched and established Freeview as a leading television platform in the UK.

Before moving to London, Amanda’s roles included Sponsorship and Marketing Account Manager for the Sydney Organising Committee for the 2000 Olympic Games (SOCOG) and National Advertising Manager at Rebel Sport Pty Ltd.

For more information, please contact: Laura Dumbrell, Head of Communications BBC Worldwide Australia, on 02 9744 4502.

About BBC Worldwide Australia

Australia is a priority territory for BBC Worldwide, focusing on growth across all five of its core businesses.  Based in Macquarie Park, Sydney, the company’s addressable market share has trebled in three years. BBC Worldwide Australia wholly owns five channels; UKTV, BBC Knowledge and CBeebies in Australia; UKTV NZ and BBC Knowledge NZ in New Zealand; and is responsible for the sales, promotion and distribution of World News which transmits in both countries.  It distributes great British content from the BBC and other producers to all free-to-air and most subscription channels in Australia and New Zealand.  BBC Worldwide Australia is a stakeholder in Australian production company Freehand and has a joint venture company with ACP, Park Publishing, which publishes BBC-branded magazines in the territory.  It works with partners to bring BBC Worldwide DVDs, digital apps, innovative products and live events to the local market, as well as offering advertising opportunities for the BBC’s world renowned bbc.com news site and lonelyplanet.com.  BBC Worldwide Australia has recently launched the global BBC iPlayer in Australia.

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