BBC Worldwide Australia and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation have renewed their first-option agreement for a further three years, giving ABC TV viewers the first opportunity to see some of the best British programming available.
The deal allows ABC TV exclusive access to new content across a broad range of genre within the BBC Worldwide catalogue.
Some of the first programs to launch in the new agreement include: successful new drama series Call The Midwife, the new detective drama Death In Paradise, the new production of the Dickens’ classic Great Expectations and the new factual series, Fry’s Planet Word and Alone In The Wild. The deal also sees the returning series Doctor Who, New Tricks and Luther on ABC TV.
Said Julie Dowding, BBC Worldwide’s Sales Director, Australasia: “We’re delighted to renew our first-option deal with ABC TV. It’s a broadcaster that shares many values with BBC Worldwide and it has been a fantastic platform for our quality content over the years.”
Said Brendan Dahill, ABC1 Channel Controller: “There is a natural synergy between our audience and the excellent content and high production values of BBC programming. It is an excellent fit so we are extremely pleased to be continuing our relationship for many years to come.”
For more information, please contact: Laura Dumbrell, Head of Communications BBC Worldwide Australia on +61 (0)2 9744 4502 or Lesna Thomas, Head of TV Publicity at ABC TV on (02) 8333-3845.
NOTES TO EDITORS
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products, Brands, Consumers & New Ventures and Magazines, with digital ventures incorporated into each business area. In 2010/11, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £160 million on sales of £1158 million and returned £182m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview
There is a natural synergy between our audience and the excellent content and high production values of BBC programming. It is an excellent fit so we are extremely pleased to be continuing our relationship for many years to come.”