BBC Worldwide takes wraps off new top level structure

New set up - from October 1st - will see greater focus on international markets.
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From October 1st, BBC Worldwide will operate under a new structure - with the business being reconfigured from divisional to geographic lines of management.

As a result, BBC Worldwide's existing structure - primarily based around five global divisions - will cease to exist.

Instead, P&L ownership and primary commercial accountability will be spread across seven regions: North America, UK, Australia/New Zealand, Western Europe, Asia, Latin America and CEEMEA (Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa).

The regions will report into four presidents, all of whom will report to BBC Worldwide CEO, John Smith.

The current MD of Consumer Products - Paul Dempsey - becomes president of BBC Worldwide High Growth Markets.

"The new organisation is designed to help us capture untapped opportunities for high quality British content and BBC-branded services across the world, in order to sustain our track record of strong growth into the future," Smith explained. "It has been worked out over a number of months, with inputs from across the world, and throughout our company.

"I believe it will accelerate delivery of our global ambition, and help us drive future growth and returns to the BBC, supplementing the licence fee."

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