BBC director general Mark Thompson has said that executives are considering a part privatisation of its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, in an interview with The Guardian.
The paper reported that a stock market listing of the business was one of the options under consideration.
"One of the things we should look at over this period is whether 100 per cent ownership of Worldwide is essential going forward," Thompson said.
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BBC Worldwide has enjoyed good success over the past year with properties including In The Night Garden, Top Gear and Doctor Who. It is due to debut a raft of new children's brands at Brand Licensing Europe later this month.