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BBC Studios and Post Production is a wholly
owned subsidiary of the BBC,
providing television studio and network post-production facilities
The company was originally known as BBC Resources, and was set
up in 1998, making
an operating profit of £1.3 million in its first full year  Until
March 2008 it also owned outside broadcast facilities based in
Langley (close to the M4/M25 junction) and Salford.
As one of the largest production facilities in the UK, it
employs around 1,100 staff (approx. 960 plus 165 in admin.) and had
an annual turnover of around £125 million - although it does not
own any studios - its
assets being staff and equipment.
On 1 April 2009 the company was renamed BBC Studios and
Post Production Ltd.
BBC Studios and Post Production provides production facilities
to programme makers, and is now made up of two active businesses
under BBC control:
- BBC Studios
- BBC Post Production
Two others have been sold:
- BBC Outside Broadcasts - since
1st April 2008 has been owned and operated by SIS.
- BBC Costume + Wigs -
Ceased trading in February 2008 while attempting to sell the
collection as a going concern
- Costumes sold in March 2008 to Angels and
- Hairpiece collection sold in March 2008 to The Wig Store.
The company made an operating profit of £6.1m for 2005-06, down
from £7.4m the year before, with the BBC accounting for 83.3% of
its turnover, down from 87.4% for 2004-05. The
figure for 2006-07 was £5.2 million - with BBC business at 80% of
Leaked figures show a reduced profit of £2.3m for 2007-08
and that £3.4m had been spent on "consultants, legal and
internal costs" during the sell-off.
A team led by Andrew Thornton were appointed to manage the sale,
& Young acting as external advisers. The team were
accountable to a BBC steering group including Zarin Patel and Peter Salmon.
Advertisements were placed in the Financial Times, The Times and Broadcast on 16 August 2007 inviting
expressions of interest for the acquisition of this commercial
subsidiary, with the aim of completing the transfer of engagements
by the end of March 2008, subject to contract negotiations and
On 6 November 2007 The Guardian reported that
the privatisation could be left with a shortfall of up to £15m to
cover the transfer of the pensions of BBC Resources staff to a
potential new employer.
The BBC has never released the names of the short-listed
The Guardian reporting - in early 2008 - more leaks over
concerns about pension obligations and asbestos exposure. On 7
March 2008 it was announced that the outside broadcast division
would be sold, as expected, to Satellite Information
with a surprise announcement that the studios operation (employing
around 350 staff at Television Centre and Elstree) would
remain in BBC ownership.
In early June 2008, the fate of the third business was put on
hold with the BBC stating that "for the time being, we are no
longer actively in discussion with a buyer for Post Production" and
that "like Studios, Post Production will remain within BBC
Resources, which will continue to operate as a wholly-owned
commercial subsidiary of the BBC". The staff newspaper Ariel had
reported on 18 March that Post's 400 staff had been told that the
BBC "may need to look at other solutions if the business is not
sold at this stage".
On 1 December 2008 BBC Resources management announced that
nearly 200 jobs would be lost by June 2009 as part of a
restructuring move. This affected up to 38 Editors, 26 Assistants
as well as operational staff, administration and support staff.
BBC Costume and Wigs - trading as part of BBC Studios - was the
second largest collection of its kind in the UK, after the leading
suppliers Angels The Costumiers. It was not included
in the privatisation, however in early October 2007 it was
announced that the business was to close within six months and the
entire stock sold as a complete collection.
This sale fell through - the interested party was thought to
have been prop hire company Superhire - and on 14 February 2008 the
department ceased trading, with
a BBC spokeswoman adding that "the arrangements [the corporation]
was pursuing have not worked out and BBC Resources is currently
inviting interested parties to consider making an offer to
The costume collection - consisting of over 1 million items -
was eventually sold to costume house Angels and
Bermans on 30 March 2008.
The collection of wigs was sold separately to The Wig Store
Limited a management buy-out put together by Philippa Devon and
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