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BBC Worldwide Posts Positive ANZ Sales Results Amid Digital Growth

BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) has posted positive annual sales results, having increased its digital offerings, screening on the likes of Stan and Presto.

BBC Worldwide posted a 5.3 per cent increase in headline sales in local currency in the 2015/16 UK financial year, posting £79.1 million (around $138.37 million) after currency translation, and recording a £19.2 million headline profit.

Global headline sales were £1,029.4 million, with headline profit of £133.8 million, with BBC Worldwide returning £222.2 million to the BBC.

BBC Worldwide attributed its ANZ growth “to strength in established areas of the business and the nurturing of new commercial opportunities”.

BBC First on Foxtel and Fetch TV marked its first full year, “reaching over 3 million viewers and attracting a broader audience for its dramas, including the locally commissioned and produced Banished”, while BBC UKTV increased its reach, and CBeebies in Australia doubled its audience ratings year-on-year.

BBC channels in Australia saw sponsorship growth as a result, posting a 19.9 per cent increase in revenue year-on-year.

BBC Worldwide’s digital offerings in Australia and New Zealand increased to 17 platforms, including Presto and Stan.

“In a first for premium BBC drama distribution in Australia, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, BBC Worldwide’s top-selling title globally for the year, premiered on SVOD service Stan,” BBC Worldwide noted of its digital business.

A number of new format commissions are set to air this year, including You’re Back In The Room for Nine, Coast on The History Channel and The Great Australian Bake Off on LifeStyle FOOD.

BBC Worldwide has also extended its live entertainment offerings, including Australia hosting its first official Doctor Who Festival, while BBC Proms Australia saw the classical music festival held for the first time outside the UK.

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