New External Programme Acquisition for the Global BBC iPlayer

Date: 22.03.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.55
Category: BBC Worldwide
Matthew Littleford, General Manager Global BBC iPlayer, today confirmed the first global acquisition deal from a third party distributor for the pilot of the global BBC iPlayer.

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A mix of classic and contemporary shows from The Graham Norton Show catalogue, made by So Television, will be available in all 16 territories on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Speaking at the IP&TV Conference in London today, Matthew Littleford said: “The global BBC iPlayer at its heart aims to bring the best of British programming to an international audience. Securing these deals with partners like So Television continues to allow us to fulfil that ambition.”

The news follows December’s announcement that a new programme slate from independent distributor DRG would be made available on iPlayer including the multiple award-winning Peep Show (British Comedy Awards; Royal Television Society, Rose d’Or Lucerne); the critically-acclaimed Shameless and the BAFTA award-winning Black Books. Also part of the line up are audience favourites Green Wing and Father Ted. These shows have been available from January 2012 in some territories*, alongside titles from the BBC catalogue.

NOTES TO EDITORS

The global BBC iPlayer is currently available in 16 markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Republic of Ireland, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

* The programmes from DRG are available to subscribers in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland in January.

For further information, please contact:

Tessa Matchett

Head of Communications, Global BBC IPlayer and Worldwide Channels

BBC Worldwide

Tel: +44 (0)7712077966

Email: tessa.matchett@bbc.com Twitter: @tessamatchett

Harriet Otoo

Senior Communications Officer, Worldwide Channels

BBC Worldwide

Tel: +44 (0)208 433 2603

Email: harriet.otoo@bbc.com

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