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23.01.02

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BBC to launch new commercial subsidiary following DCMS approval

The BBC is to launch a new, wholly-owned commercial subsidiary, BBC Broadcast Ltd, following approval from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell.

The new company will emerge from the current Broadcasting & Presentation (B&P) operation in BBC Television and brings together, under a single management team, a broad range of channel creation and management services. It will begin trading on 2 April, 2002.

BBC Broadcast Ltd specialises in bringing channels to life for audiences - encompassing the management, promotion and play-out of content across all platforms including TV, radio and the internet. The company’s remit will also include the creation and execution of branding, cross-media promotional campaigns, subtitling and other disability access services.

BBC Broadcast Ltd joins BBC Resources Ltd and BBC Technology Ltd in a new Commercial Division under Director Roger Flynn, appointed last year by BBC Director-General, Greg Dyke.

Roger Flynn said today: "This approval means the BBC can press ahead with trying to increase commercial revenues as part of the £1.1 billion savings and efficiencies target the Government set us when the licence fee was reviewed two years ago.

"B&P’s creative, editorial and technical expertise are assets that the BBC will use to generate income to put back in to programmes and services."

The management team of BBC Broadcast will be headed by Pam Masters, currently Director of B&P, who takes on the role of Managing Director, supported by a highly experienced team, combining the best BBC talent with commercial sector experience and expertise.

Pam Masters added: "BBC Broadcast’s people and reputation for creativity and innovation across all media platforms are our core assets. Incorporation as a wholly-owned subsidiary allows us to continue improving our service to existing customers while extending our ability to develop commercial business."

Notes to Editors

About BBC Broadcast Ltd

BBC Broadcast will offer a comprehensive range of play-out and channel management services that can be tailored to broadcasters’ requirements. Key services include: new channel launches, play-out and channel management; channel branding, promotion and packaging; and access services encompassing subtitling, audio description and sign language. BBC Broadcast currently provides services for 17 public service and commercial television channels, five national radio networks, 39 local radio stations and BBCi.

BBC Broadcast works closely with its customers to understand their broadcasting needs and to determine the right combination of technical and creative skills required to deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions.

BBC Broadcast Ltd fulfils the demand for a single supplier capable of taking content and converting it into a compelling channel experience for established and new broadcasters. It is the only company which can provide a seamless service - creatively, technically and editorially - to bring channels to life and manage brands across multiple media platforms.

For more information access: www.bbc.co.uk/broadcast

About BBC Technology Ltd

BBC Technology Ltd began trading on 31 March, 2001 and has been created to maximize the value of the BBC's unique experience in providing the technological backbone to complex UK and global broadcasting requirements. It has been set up as a wholly BBC-owned commercial subsidiary in order to generate commercial revenue, while continuing to serve the technological needs of the BBC's public service operations.

Hutchison 3G UK Ltd (‘Hutchison 3G’), holder of the UK’s largest third-generation mobile phone licence, recently announced that it has awarded BBC Technology a contract to manage the production of its audio-visual content. The content will be accessible through Hutchison 3G’s next-generation wireless service.

The five year collaboration will be based in a centre in West London, where BBC Technology will process and edit content on behalf of Hutchison 3G. Before the content, including news and entertainment, can be sent to next generation subscribers it requires processing and converting into a format that can be delivered to third-generation wireless devices.

For more information, visit the company's web site at www.bbctechnology.com

About BBC Resources Ltd

BBC Resources Ltd is one of the largest production facilities and design services providers in the UK offering programme makers services which include studios, outside broadcasts, post production, design, costumes and wigs. In 1998 it was set up as a commercial company, wholly owned by the BBC, in order to generate additional revenue for programme making.

For more information, visit the company's web site at www.bbcresources.com


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