BBC Worldwide partners with Random House Audio for new publishing and distribution deal

Our principal aim has been to ensure an uninterrupted flow of the BBC’s brilliant spoken word content both on high streets around the world and through downloads. And we’re delighted that this new partnership with Random House Audio will do that.”Nicholas Brett, Director of Publishing, BBC Worldwide UK
Date: 20.12.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.54
Category: BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide has signed a sales and distribution agreement with a new partner, Random House Audio, for its range of audio books, including Doctor Who, The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings.

Random House Audio, a Penguin Random House company, will take sole responsibility for sales, stock management and distribution of BBC-branded physical CDs in the UK and the rest of the world excluding North America, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Random House Audio will take global responsibility for download sales with leading digital retailers, including Audible.

As well as best-selling titles by world-famous authors, BBC Worldwide’s extensive catalogue includes top BBC Radio Comedy such I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and Just A Minute and the landmark series A History Of The World In 100 Objects.

The catalogue already features 3,500 titles and next year audiences will be able to enjoy a series of new releases developed and co-published by BBC Worldwide and Random House Audio.

The new partnership with Random House Audio follows AudioGO, the Bath-based spoken word business, going into administration in October.

Nicholas Brett, Director of Publishing, BBC Worldwide UK, said: “Our principal aim has been to ensure an uninterrupted flow of the BBC’s brilliant spoken word content both on high streets around the world and through downloads. And we’re delighted that this new partnership with Random House Audio will do that.”

Hannah Telfer, Director, Digital Marketing and New Product Development at Random House, said: “At Random House we have long admired the BBC’s audio programme, sharing their passion for publishing the highest quality content. We’re very pleased to be working together to grow the BBC list and are committed to reaching the largest possible audience for their titles.”

For further information:

Dan Phelan - Head of Communications, UK, BBC Worldwide

+44 (0) 7734 867 905 dan.phelan@bbc.com

Maureen Corish - Communications Director, Penguin Random House UK and International +44 (0) 207 840 8878 mcorish@randomhouse.co.uk

Kim Keegan - Group Communications Manager, The Random House Group Ltd. +44 (0) 207 010 3154 kkeegan@randomhouse.co.uk

Notes to Editors

About BBC Worldwide Ltd

BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). BBC Worldwide exists to support the BBC public service mission and to maximise profits on its behalf. It does this through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also builds the reach and reputation of the BBC brand overseas and champions British creativity.

In 2012/13, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £156m and headline sales of £1,116m and returned £156m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website.

About The Random House Group Ltd

The Random House Group Ltd is based in the UK and comprises five publishing companies: Cornerstone, Ebury Publishing, Transworld Publishers, Vintage Publishing and Random House Children's Publishers and associated distribution businesses. It is a Penguin Random House Company. Penguin Random House is the world’s first truly global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies, owning 53% and 47% respectively.