Jon Penn


BBC & Sky NZ strike new channels deal

Sky New Zealand and BBC Worldwide have renewed a deal for several BBC nets. The Kiwi pay TV platform has extended the carriage deal for BBC UKTV, BBC Knowledge and BBC World News. The pay TV channels are all carried in Sky’s basic tier. BBC UKTV is a the most popular entertainment channel on Sky, […]

BBC & Sky NZ strike new channels deal

Sky New Zealand and BBC Worldwide have renewed a deal for several BBC nets. The Kiwi pay TV platform has extended the carriage deal for BBC UKTV, BBC Knowledge and BBC World News. The pay TV channels are all carried in Sky’s basic tier. BBC UKTV is a the most popular entertainment channel on Sky, […]

BBCWW raids Seven West for commercial chief

The BBC’s commercial arm in Australasia has hired the founder of Seven West Media’s live events division as its commercial director. Dustin Lockett (pictured) will join BBC Worldwide ANZ to oversee local activity of brands such as Doctor Who, Sherlock and BBC Earth. It is a new role. This comes soon after BBCWW ANZ restructured […]

BBC Worldwide rejigs Oz, NZ business

BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand is restructuring its sales operation, merging its TV, digital and formats units under one umbrella. Director of content sales Irene Read (pictured) will oversee the enlarged business, with Deborah Tod taking up a new post as head of content sales for Australia, with Sam Stacey handed a new post […]

BBC Worldwide poaches ABC exec

BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand has tapped Australian pubcaster the ABC to find a new director of television. Natalie Edgar, currently ABC1’s deputy controller, takes up the role to replace Deirdre Brennan, who is going the other way to join ABC as kids TV controller next year. Edgar will oversee editorial for BBCWW Australia […]

BBC Worldwide, FremantleMedia Oz form content partnership

BBC Worldwide and FremantleMedia Australia have come together to create a partnership to produce BBC entertainment formats down under. The multi-year agreement with see BBCWW Australia & New Zealand and FMA work on current BBC catalogue formats and future general entertainment titles. BBCWW’s extensive content catalogue includes formats such as Top Gear, and Dancing with […]

Foxtel-BBC channel deal ‘disappoints ABC’

Australian pay TV provider Foxtel is to launch a premium BBC content channel on its platform. The move has reportedly upset BBC Worldwide’s long-term partner in the territory, the ABC. Yesterday, Foxtel unveiled what it described as a “significant multi-platform deal” with the BBC’s commercial arm BBCWW to create an ad-free subscription channel offering premieres […]

BBC Worldwide poaches FremantleMedia boss

BBC worldwide has hired Jon Penn as managing director of its Australasian operation. Penn is currently CEO, Asia Pacific at FremantleMedia Enterprises. He will join Worldwide in April. As MD, BBC Worldwide Australasia, Penn will take over from Tony Iffland, who left lasy year to join public broadcaster SBS, and interim boss Blair McQuade. Under […]