BBC Worldwide reports strong growth in Australia and New Zealand markets

BBC Worldwide’s Australia & New Zealand operations have made a 9.9% increase in headline profit this year, according to the UK broadcaster’s Worldwide’s Annual Review for 2016/17.

The corporation attributed the ANZ results to the strength of its channels portfolio and growth with BBC UKTV increasing its audience share while successful programs including Stargazing Live and Filthy Rich and Homeless broadcast across ABC and SBS respectively.

The global results reported Australia & New Zealand headline sales of £79.5m (AUD$130.16m), which contributed to the company’s overall global headline sales of £1,059.9m (AUD$1735.31m).

Content sales in the Australian market included the sale of Planet Earth II to Nine and  a joint deal for Sherlock on Stan and Nine.

Other successes in the Australian market included The Night Manager, Louis Theroux’s inaugural live show, and Steve Backshall with Deadly 60. The BBC UKTV channel also increased its audience share lift by 12.3% from the previous quarter.

Jon Penn, managing director of BBC Worldwide ANZ, said in a media statement: “Despite tough market challenges this year, the quality of our content and our channels has enabled BBC Worldwide ANZ to deliver a fourth year of profit growth. It’s our ambition to further develop our commercial business areas in the year ahead.”


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