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BBC Worldwide & YouTube renew partnership with the launch of new channels

21 May 2009

BBC Worldwide and YouTube today announced the renewal of their global partnership for BBC Worldwide YouTube channels and short-form videos. The extension ensures that the BBC’s most watched and beloved programming, like “Doctor Who”, “Top Gear” and “The Mighty Boosh”, remain available to YouTube’s massive online audience.

In addition, BBC Worldwide today debuts its new YouTube channel Explore with BBC Worldwide (http://www.youtube.com/user/BBCExplore) with clips making their YouTube premiere from renowned BBC factual shows including ‘Amazon with Bruce Parry’ and the Louis Theroux series such as ‘Gambling in Las Vegas’. Other new clips include ‘The Race for Everest’ and ‘Extreme Dinosaurs’. The channel joins recently launched Food from BBC Worldwide (http://www.youtube.com/bbcfood) with clips from classic cookery programmes.

In the coming weeks, BBC Worldwide will unveil dedicated channels for comedy and natural history clips and a U.S. only channel BBC America.

Simon Danker, Director of Global Content Partnerships, Digital Media, BBC Worldwide says, "The success of the Top Gear and EastEnders channels launched on YouTube last year prove that fans of BBC content love to have a dedicated channel for their favourite shows. Building communities for fans and developing new opportunities for advertisers is at the heart of our new partnership with YouTube."

“The BBC is renowned for high quality programming and we’re thrilled to expand and deepen our relationship with them,” said Patrick Walker, YouTube’s Director of Video Partnerships. “The demand on YouTube for compelling, thought provoking, and entertaining videos like those offered by BBC Worldwide increases every day and we look forward to connecting both existing fans and new viewers with their content.”

The renewal of the partnership is part of BBC Worldwide's ongoing strategy to promote its content to new audiences around the world to support its suite of global channels, magazines and content on other digital platforms.

For further information:

BBC Worldwide
Alex Fulton
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8433 1350
Email: alex.fulton@bbc.com

YouTube/Google
Oliver Rickman
Tel: +44 (0)20 7184 3353
Email: oliverr@google.com

About BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has seven core businesses: BBC Worldwide Channels, BBC Worldwide Content & Production, BBC Worldwide Digital Media, BBC Worldwide Global Brands, BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution, BBC Magazines and BBC Home Entertainment. In 2007/08, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £117.7 million on sales of £916.3 million.

About YouTube
YouTube is the world’s most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube, LLC is based in San Bruno, CA and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.