BBC Studios

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For the BBC's commercial studios arm, see BBC Studioworks.
BBC Studios
Private subsidiary
Industry Production
Founded April 2016
Headquarters London, England
Area served
United Kingdom

BBC Studios is a division of the BBC, certified in February 2015 and launched as an independent operating company in April 2017. It brings together the majority of the former BBC Television division's in-house production departments; Comedy, Drama (both combined as Scripted in the new division), Entertainment, Music & Events, and Factual.[1] BBC News, Children's and Sport and Radio remain separate internal production divisions in the BBC. The rest of the former BBC Television division (channels and genre commissioning, BBC Sport, BBC Children's and Learning, BBC Three and BBC iPlayer) are now known as BBC Content.

BBC Studios is headed by Mark Linsey, who succeeded Peter Salmon in March 2016.[2] BBC Studios was formally split from BBC Television in April 2016, with the intention of it becoming a wholly owned commercial subsidiary in April 2017.[3] In October 2016, it was announced that 300 staff would be made redundant - equivalent to 15% of the workforce.[4] The BBC Trust approved the creation of BBC Studios as a commercial subsidiary in December 2016.[5]


  1. ^ Gannagé-Stewart, Hannah (2016-01-07). "BBC Studios takes shape". Broadcast. 
  2. ^ "Mark Linsey is the new Director of BBC Studios". BBC Press Office. 2016-03-22. 
  3. ^ Conlan, Tara (2016-05-02). "BBC Studios: a win for talent or an own goal?". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ "BBC Studios culls 300 jobs". Retrieved 2016-12-28. 
  5. ^ Williams, Christopher (2016-12-20). "BBC Studios wins go-ahead for commercial production push". Daily Telegraph. 

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