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June 03, 2015 12:56 PM ET

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Company Overview of British Broadcasting Corporation

Company Overview

British Broadcasting Corporation operates as a public service broadcaster in the United Kingdom and internationally. It operates through UK PSB Group, BBC World Service and BBC Monitoring, and BBC Worldwide segments. The company broadcasts on radio, television (TV), and online providing news and information in 27 languages and world service English language. It offers national TV services providing entertainment, news, current affairs, and arts; and operates national radio stations that provide music and speech programming to audiences in the United Kingdom. The company also operates a portfolio of Websites, including BBC news, sport, and weather; children’s sites, such as CBBC and CBeebies;...

Broadcasting House

London,  W1A 1AA

United Kingdom

Founded in 1922

20,736 Employees

Key Executives for British Broadcasting Corporation

Director-General and Executive Director
Age: 62
Managing Director of Finance & Operations and Executive Director
Chief Executive Officer of BBC Children in Need
Executive Vice President of News and Sport
Head of Africa and Middle East Region Operations
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

British Broadcasting Corporation Key Developments

British Broadcasting Corporation Appoints David Pickard as Director of the BBC Proms

British Broadcasting Corporation has appointed David Pickard as director of the BBC Proms. David is currently General Director at Glyndebourne and will take up his new role later this year, reporting to Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3. Edward Blakeman, Director, BBC Proms 2015, will continue to lead the festival throughout this year's season and ahead of David's arrival.

Grand Theft Auto Maker Sues BBC over Film

The company behind the Grand Theft Auto series is suing the BBC over a forthcoming film documenting controversy surrounding the titles, in a move which could delay or derail the project. Rockstar Games, the US-based video game company which makes the Grand Theft Auto series, said in a statement issued via its parent company Take Two Interactive that it was launching action against the BBC for trademark infringement. The 90-minute film charts Rockstar's success with Grand Theft Auto, and the subsequent battles between co-founder Sam Houser and Jack Thomson, the born-again Christian lawyer and activist who waged a campaign against the series over its depictions of violence and sex. Grand Theft Auto has repeatedly attracted controversy for its no-holds barred approach to depicting a life of crime, including the secret inclusion of a mini-game allowing players to have animated sex, which some users were able to unlock. Daniel Radcliffe is set to play Houser, while Bill Paxton is lined up to play Thomson. The BBC Films production, which currently has the working title Game Changer, began filming in April and is due to air later this year. It is being directed by Owen Harris, best known for directing episodes of the TV shows Black Mirror and Misfits, with a screenplay by James Wood, writer of BBC Two sitcom Rev. The film is based on the book Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto.

BBC England Names Jenny Baxter as Chief Operating Officer

Jenny Baxter has been named as the new chief operating officer of BBC England. Baxter, who is currently director of the corporation's W12 project, will replace Alice Webb, who will become director of Children's next month. She will report to BBC England director Peter Salmon and be based at MediaCity, where she will coordinate the broadcaster's activities across Salford, Birmingham and Bristol. One of her key tasks will be ensuring the BBC Academy's move to Birmingham progresses smoothly. Baxter has worked for the BBC for 30 years and is no stranger to MediaCity having overseen the relocation of news teams to Salford.

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Date
Target
Merger/Acquisition
January 20, 2015
British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Three
Merger/Acquisition
January 9, 2015
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