Commercial services

The licence fee is supplemented by income from the activities of our commercial subsidiaries - BBC Studios, BBC Global News and BBC Studioworks

BBC Studios

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services and ancillaries.

BBC Studios’ award-winning British programmes are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including six production bases in the UK, and a further seven wholly-owned and production partnerships internationally. The company, which makes 2500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. BBC Studios has revenue of £1.4bn, and returns around £200m to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

BBC Studioworks

BBC Studioworks is the largest television studios and post facilities provider in the UK, offering world-class creative and technical production solutions to the media industry. Working in partnership with a broad range of media companies, it helps create content across all genres for a variety of broadcasters.

In September 2017, the company opened new and refurbished studios and post-production facilities at Television Centre in West London to supplement its portfolio in Elstree.

BBC Global News Limited

BBC Global News operates the BBC’s two commercially funded international news services: BBC World News, the 24-hour global news television channel, and the digital platform (including the website, a News app and a Sport app). BBC Global News’ mission is to be the best and most trusted international news provider in the world, whilst growing the BBC’s international news audiences and operating as a commercially efficient business.

Further information

Further information on how commercial services are governed
  • Commercial BoardThe BBC Commercial Board oversees the delivery of the Corporation’s commercial ambitions.