The BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) board have given the staff a good talking to, telling them to stop buying things – especially multi-million dollar companies like Lonely Planet – and to concentrate on upholding the BBC’s core values for programming on its international channels.
If we wouldn’t show the programme at home, don’t show it abroad, said the Board.
That should go down well with international partners when they get told their material is just not up to British standards, Johnny Foreigner.
Despite the curbing of plans to return the company to the days of being the empire where the sun never sets, BBCWW can still bid for the 50% of the UKTV group channels that Virgin Media owns. Presumably because that’s British enough.
Here is a little more detail on the outcome of the BBCWW board review.