Tencent to feature BBC programmes, F1 audience down 1.5 million and BBC Natural History Unit boss quits : DTG Daily News April 5th

Tencent to feature BBC programmes

A new licensing deal between the BBC Worldwide Asia and Chinese ISP Tencent has been agreed at MIPTV.

The agreement includes the addition of over 1,000 hours of BBC content to the Tencent online video platforms, such as: Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild, The Mekong River with Sue Perkins and Rick Stein’s Taste of Shanghai.

General Manager of BBC Worldwide, Kelvin Yau commented that “We have had a long and fruitful partnership with Tencent and are excited to expand our relationship by providing the BBC’s premium documentary content to fans across China.”

F1 audience down 1.5 million

Viewing figures for Channel 4's first live coverage of the new Formula One season show a dramatic decline from BBC1's coverage of the same race in 2015.

Despite over 2 million viewers tuning in to watch the Bahrain Grad Prix, it was still down 1.5 from last year, which saw 3.8 million viewers.

The BBC pulled it's 3 year deal with F1 due to cost-cutting allowing Channel 4 to buy the rights alongside Sky.

BBC Natural History Unit boss quits

Wendy Darke, the BBC's first female Natural History Unit (NHU) boss is to leave the BBC after 25 years.

After joining the broadcaster in 1991, Darke was appointed head of the NHU in 2012 and was responsible for over 150 hours of programming, including Africa, Life Story, Frozen Planet and Planet Earth Live.

Director of Television, Mark Linsey said; “Wendy has brought a wealth of experience, creativity and leadership to the BBC over the years. She has taken the NHU from strength to strength and the portfolio of programmes she leaves behind is outstanding. We will be sorry to see her leave but wish her all the best.”

DTG Staff  |  05.04.2016

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