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CBeebies to air content from DHX Media

October 18, 2010

BBC Worldwide’s international pre-school channel, CBeebies, has acquired two titles from DHX Media – Grandpa In My Pocket and dirtgirlworld – for its global feeds.

From early next year the first three seasons of Grandpa In My Pocket will air for the first time in Asia, Africa and Poland. dirtgirlworld will debut in Africa and Poland.

BBC Worldwide Channels VP acquisitions Bun Scrase-Dickins says, “These are both great titles, hugely popular with kids in the UK, and we are delighted to be able to bring them to our young viewers around the world.” dirtgirlworld is a music-filled series which mixes live action, animation and photo-collage to explore nature. Dirtgirl’s backyard is full of bizarre insects, underground tunnels and performing stunt bugs, and together with a host of larger-than-life characters, she inspires four-to-six-year-olds to have fun in their gardens.


Grandpa In My Pocket is a comedy drama featuring a Grandpa with a magic shrinking cap that only his grandson Jason knows about. When he puts the cap on, Grandpa shrinks and creates comic mayhem, but with teamwork, Grandpa and Jason always manage to save the day.

BBC Worldwide, Mixer announce production partnership

July 19, 2009

BBC Worldwide’s division BBC Worldwide Content and Production has announced an exclusive production partnership with Brazilian production company, Mixer.

This relationship will see the two companies join forces to develop and produce formats in Brazil from BBC Worldwide’s vast catalogue, for local Brazilian audiences.

Says BBC Worldwide director, international format production, Colin Jarvis, “With the breadth and depth of titles at our disposal, we’re optimistic this relationship will offer network partners a wealth of exciting options for their viewers.”

Adds Mixer CEO João Daniel Tikhomiroff, “The relationship is one of the efforts by Mixer to expand its role both in free TV productions and in global market operations. Associating our brand with BBC Worldwide is a sign of our business solidity and the power of the Brazilian market”.

BBC Worldwide Content and Production licenses its formats all over the world and operates local production partnerships in India, Australia, France, Russia, Canada, Argentina, US and now Brazil. Format hits from BBC Worldwide include Dancing with the Stars, Top Gear and The Office.

BBC launches two kids’ magazines in Singapore

March 24, 2008

BBC Magazines is launching two kids’ magazines Learning is Fun and Charlie and Lola, in Singapore.The titles will be launched with licensee company MediaCorp publishing. This is the first time BBC Magazines have launched a title with this partner.

Both magazines have a friendly and family-oriented theme, and are aimed at pre-school children with big imaginations.

The titles have had successful international licences before with Charlie and Lola launching in the Netherlands earlier this year and Learning is Fun in Poland in 2004.

The cover price for the magazines will be $4.90 and the print run between 5,000-10,000 copies.

BBC Magazines adds that MediaCorp Publishing Pte has a reputation for producing quality bestselling magazines in every language and age category. All of its children’s titles have a loyal audience and they hope to continue this success with Learning is Fun and Charlie and Lola.

BBC Magazine head of licensing and syndication James Hewes says, “MediaCorp Publishing is one of the leading publishers in Singapore which has a good mix of parenting and children’s titles in its stable. Its magazine distribution division also has a good network across the whole of Singapore. This combination makes it an ideal partner for our children’s titles.”

MediaCorp Publishing’s licensing manager ChunLeong Ong says, “We are delighted to be partnering with such a well established and respected organisation for these exciting new launches. We have no doubt that Charlie and Lola and Learning is Fun magazines will be a success in Singapore.”

BBC Arabic channel sets launch

February 20, 2008

The BBC’s new Arabic language newscaster will launch March 11.The web will initially air for 12 hours a day with a step-up to a 24 hour, round the clock service expected to kick in sometime in the next six months.

In October last year, the British government’s chancellor of the exchequer Alistair Darling announced the news channel would receive an extra $12 million a year to make the jump to 24 hour broadcasting, up from the $38 million a year the 12 hour service had previously been allocated. All of the coin will come from the coffers of the government’s foreign and commonwealth office and not U.K. taxpayers’ license fees.

The BBC Arabic TV service enters an already congested marketplace with more than 250 free-to-air Arab satcasters. Current market leaders Al-Jazeera, which is based in Qatar, and MBC’s Al-Arabiya, Saudi-owned but based out of Dubai, already boast large and loyal followings among Arab auds.

CNN to invest in expanding newsgathering network

November 17, 2007

MUMBAI: In the biggest expansion of international newsgathering resources in its 27-year history, CNN Worldwide has announced plans to significantly increase the number of correspondents worldwide, open a regional newsgathering hub in the United Arab Emirates, invest in a London-based digital-production unit, and make major investments in CNN’s International Newsource and CNN’s in-house wire operations.

CNN International executive VP, MD Tony Maddox says, “This is all about owning more content; these new resources will have a huge impact across all of CNN’s networks and platforms. Owning the content we broadcast, publish and make available to affiliates and other platforms is the backbone of this business. This multi-million dollar investment in staff and resources bolster our world-class, award-winning journalism as well as give us the power to move swiftly into developing new business models.”

New operations are also planned for India, Afghanistan, Belgium, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland and Vietnam. CNN will also appoint two new correspondents for the network’s Johannesburg bureau and add an additional correspondent at both its London and Istanbul bureaus.

Investments are underway in CNN’s Asia Pacific newsgathering hub in Hong Kong to increase staffing, and the network plans to assign additional correspondents in Beijing, Jakarta and Pakistan.

At the same time, CNN is also revitalizing its Tokyo bureau to encompass additional reporting duties in South Korea to work within the current structure.

CNN will expand both its newsgathering and production facilities in the United Arab Emirates, bringing to bear more resources across the region in terms of programming and reporting, including more business coverage.

CNN is also expanding its international online services with the creation of a digital production unit that will be primarily based in London, with additional staffing also in Hong Kong and Atlanta. This unit will produce and feed the rapidly growing number of new platforms that CNN services globally. This team will work alongside the television operation and will be responsible for providing content for CNN International,, CNNMobile and new CNN services on TV-to-broadband sites.

CNN’s International Newsource operation will also expand to provide additional editorial, content and newsgathering services to CNN’s more than 1,000 affiliates worldwide. CNN’s in-house wire service is also being strengthened with additional staff to ensure swift and accurate dissemination of all of the additional material becoming available across all of CNN Worldwide services and networks.

In Mexico, CNN en Español will strengthen its presence with the hiring of an anchor and correspondent and an additional editor working from the network’s Mexico City newsgathering bureau and production center. CNN en Español also will add to its editorial team in Atlanta to better service the increased volume of affiliate and stringer content and the development of new digital services.