BBC Worldwide

  1. Sirius XM Brings BBC Radio 1 Back to U.S. with Internet Station after Last Week's Cancellation

    August 16, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Sirius XM announced today that it will be bringing the U.K.'s BBC Radio 1 broadcast, along with exclusive concert performances, to its Internet Radio starting Friday, Aug 19 as a part of a multi-platform agreement. This follows the Aug 10 can ...

  2. BBC to Launch International Version of iPlayer as Subscription App

    June 15, 2011 7:59 AM EDT LONDON -- It has proved the most popular TV catch-up service in the U.K., regularly attracting over a million users per week. Now, an expanded version of the BBC's iPlayer will be launched internationally as a subscription app costing around ...

  3. Business Matter: Spotify, Rhapsody, Zune and more

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Two Issues Spotify, Music Services Must Overcome -- Speaking at the Daily Beast's Innovators Summit on Friday, Spotify investor Sean Parker (Founders Fun) explained the music service lures us ...

  4. Universal Music Partners With BBC On Kids' TV Show

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. is targeting the pre-school audience in a bid to take a lucrative slice of the children's TV market and its accompanying merchandise opportunities. The music major's U.K. arm has signed a broadcast deal with CBeebies ...

  5. Deals Tumbling In For Rolling Stones Doc

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT By the eighth day of Cannes folks typically begin to flag but judging from the buzz on the Croisette a sizeable number will re-boot for the Wednesday afternoon (May 19) screenings of "Stones in Exile," a one-hour doc reliving the glory d ...

  6. HMV Unveils Curzon Cinema Store

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV plans to screen live concerts from its own venues at its new hmvcurzon cinema in Wimbledon, south London. The impressive, three-screen cinema above the existing Wimbledon store is a partnership with Curzon Artificia ...

  7. Robbie Williams Makes Live Return

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams made a triumphant live comeback in London last night (Oct. 20), as part of the BBC's Electric Proms series of concerts. Appearing at the London Roundhouse with a 38-piece band, including string and brass sections -- led by Tre ...

  8. Robbie Williams Concert Breaks Record

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams rocked his way into the record books and gave BBC Worldwide the boast of being the distributor of a history maker. The singer's BBC Electric Proms performance -- broadcast to more than 250 cinemas across 23 countries by BBC Wo ...

  9. Robbie Williams Is U.K.'s Latest Giveaway

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams is the latest artist to give away his music through a tie-in with a U.K. national newspaper. The Oct. 11 issue of the weekly Mail on Sunday newspaper will contain a free Williams compilation titled "Songbook." The album f ...

  10. BBC May Sell Off Part Of BBC Worldwide

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC director general Mark Thompson said that selling off part of the corporation's commercial arm BBC Worldwide is being considered as an option. Thompson told the Guardian that a part-privatization of BBC Worldwide is being mulled as a part ...

  11. U.K.'s PPL Aims To Raise Its Profile

    August 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. neighboring rights collecting society PPL is looking to boost its profile by ramping up its marketing efforts. Kate Finley, the former commercial marketing manager at British national TV broadcster Channel 4, has joined PPL in the newly creat ...

  12. BBC Worldwide Revenues Reach $1.6 Billion

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the broadcaster, increased revenues by 9.5% to £1 billion ($1.6 billion) in the 12 months to March 31, 2009. However, operating profits declined 12.8% to £102.6 million ($167.5 million), which BBC Worldwide sai ...

  13. BBC Worldwide: Huge Demand For 'TOTP' Return

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Three years after it was pulled from the BBC schedules after 42 years, BBC Worldwide says there is "huge demand" for the iconic weekly music countdown "Top of the Pops" among global TV broadcast partners. The show ended on July ...

  14. BBC Worldwide Bolsters Music Portfolio

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Worldwide has increased its catalog of BBC rock and pop output and archive programming, a move which the broadcaster's commercial arm says has led to a "surge" in international music program sales. According to a statement, a &q ...

  15. BBC: '2 Entertain Is Not In Administration'

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST BBC Worldwide has issued a statement in response to Woolworths Group plc applying for administration, the U.S. equivalent of bankruptcy, highlighting that BBC/Woolworths joint venture 2 entertain is not in administration. It reads: "Following ...

  16. Distributor EUK Winds Down, 700 Jobs Cut

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Entertainment wholesale distributor EUK has failed to attract a buyer and the business will now be wound down by the administrators. EUK, which was part of Woolworths Group, will continue to operate with a reduced workforce of 375 employees. Seven ...

  17. Biz Reacts To Woolworths' Woes

    November 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.K. biz is looking at how to deal with the aftermath of Woolworths' retail and distribution businesses going into administration. Woolworths Group ended discussions about the potential sale of its 815 stores last night (Nov. 26). Labels ...

  18. Updated: Woolworths Set To Enter Into Administration

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST The board of Woolworths is set to approve a decision to put its retail and distribution businesses into administration from tomorrow (Nov. 27). The board met at 6pm U.K. time to finalize the decision. A source has confirmed to Reuters that consult ...

  19. Woolworths Posts Huge Loss

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. retail giant Woolworths Group has posted a loss of £99.7 million ($178.04 million) for the six months to Aug. 2. The interim results today (Sept. 17) show that losses have widened from the £63.8 million ($113.95 million) pre-tax loss for the ...

  20. EMI Deal Unlocks BBC Archive

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BBC has handed EMI Music the keys to its treasure-filled broadcast vault. Through an agreement struck between EMI and BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, both parties will have control to tap into one another's content wells. Th ...

  21. BBC Teams With Medici

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST BBC Worldwide -- the BBC's main commercial arm -- has signed an exclusive deal with producer and arts distributor Medici Arts. The deal, which is thought to be worth around £1.5 million ($3 million), will see Medici Arts gain access to 360 ho ...

  22. 'Dancing With The Stars' Gears Up For Tour

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST As the current season of "Dancing with the Stars" heats up, the cast of the ABC television show will gear up for a 37-date tour beginning Dec. 18 at the Key Arena in Seattle, and wrapping Feb. 10 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. T ...

  23. Ricall, BBC Strike Audio-Visual Partnership

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music licensing marketplace Ricall has struck a deal to allow its users access to the vast BBC Motion Gallery library of motion imagery for worldwide licensing. Through the partnership, unveiled this week, Ricall's users will be able to acces ...

  24. Warner/Chappell Ramps Up Synchs

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music is revamping its synchronization department globally. The publisher has restructured its marketing and licensing divisions to report to one person and hired more personnel to aggressively pitch and market its catalog of songs ...

  25. Wippit Unlocks BBC Audiobooks Vault

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST British digital music service Wippit has struck a licensing deal which will allow its customers to download TV and radio files from the BBC Audiobooks library. BBC Audiobooks is part of the Audio and Music business of BBC Worldwide, the commercial ...

  26. Entertainment Proves Tough For Woolworths

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST British retail chain Woolworths Group plc today (Dec. 5) warned that its full-year financial figures would be at the lower end of analysts' expectations following a tough period of trading, particularly in its entertainment business. Woolwort ...

  27. Universal Music Unlocks BBC Vaults

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music will this week begin the digital rollout of rare recordings unearthed from the BBC vaults. The strategy kicks off with an album by veteran dance act The Orb, "The Orb -- The Orb's Adve Universal Music will this week begin ...

  28. Universal Deal Opens BBC Broadcast Vault

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has forged a "landmark" licensing deal which will allow it to leverage audio and visual content from the BBC's comprehensive broadcast archive. Universal Music has forged a "landmark" licensing deal which w ...

  29. Universal Deal Opens BBC Broadcast Vault

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has forged a "landmark" licensing deal which will allow it to leverage audio and visual content from the BBC's comprehensive broadcast archive. Universal Music has forged a "landmark" licensing deal which w ...

  30. Bertelsmann Profit Up; Eyes Purchases

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann, the world's fourth-largest media group, is looking for acquisitions which could include part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, after its music and TV units helped triple half-year Bertelsmann, the world's fourth-large ...

  31. Bertelsmann Profit Up; Eyes Purchases

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann, the world's fourth-largest media group, is looking for acquisitions which could include part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, after its music and TV units helped triple half-year Bertelsmann, the world's fourth-large ...