Monday, 5 July 2010


[17.16 - French Time] BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, published today its Annual Review for 2009/10.

BBCW reported operating profits up 36.5% to £145.2m and record revenue of £1.07bn, helped by strong performances from its international TV channel business, its brands including as usual Top Gear and Doctor Who, and DVD sales.

A strong overseas format business helped sales from Content & Production increase by 10.7% and profits increase by 4.8%, with titles like Dancing with the Stars, the international version of Strictly Come Dancing. DWTS entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful reality television format

2entertain, the DVD distributor fully owned by BBC Worldwide since March, contributed £38.2m in profit of Worldwide's Home Entertainment (DVDs, audio and music content). Top-selling titles in the United Kingdom for 2009/10 were Sir David Attenborough’s Life, both Gavin & Stacey's third series and its complete collection, Only Fools and Horses - The Complete Collection and Clarkson Duel.

BBC Worldwide's top five programme brands around the world were Top Gear, Life, Planet Earth, Being Erica and Doctor Who.

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