BBC Worldwide grows profits...

...but children's business to have strategic review after increasing its losses despite success with ITNG and Doctor Who.
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BBC Worldwide has delivered its fourth successive year of double digit growth for the 12 months to March 31st 2008.

Operating profits rose 17 per cent to £117.7 million during the period, on sales up 13 per cent to £916.3 million. The growth reflects strong results from established operations, alongside progress in both new businesses and priority markets.

However, chief executive John Smith said there would be a "fundamental strategic review" of the children's business after the division increased its losses.

The business enjoyed continuing success with Doctor Who in many territories, while also seeing the successful launch of pre-school property In The Night Garden in the UK. Other core properties also continued to perform well - notably Teletubbies, which celebrated its tenth anniversary with a world tour of the characters for the first time.

However, alongside the hits there were some children's properties that failed to break into the retail market. Though sales in 2007/08 were £30.9 million, up 25.1 per cent on the previous year, write-downs of investments contributed to a loss of £7.2 million against a loss of £1.6 million in 2006/07.


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