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BBC Worldwide's Brdcast, Resources divisions on sale

 MUMBAI: The times are a changing at BBC Worldwide. Earlier this month the BBC's commercial arm sold its women's magazine Eve to UK publishing group Haymarket.

Now media reports indicate that BBC Broadcast and BBC Resources could be the next to go.

Next month BBC Worldwide's board is expected to approve a plan which involves selling five businesses. This will lead to several hundred job losses and disposals of non-core businesses such as audio books and educational publishing.

A report in The Guardian states that the sale of BBC Broadcast is imminent. The corporation is expected to put out an ad to this effect in trade publications next month. BBC Broadcast is involved in among other things designing the look, feel of channels. BBC's channels make up 80 per cent of BBC Broadcast's business. BBC Broadcast employs about 1,000 people in three divisions.

Meanwhile BBC Resources' divisions include studios, costumes and outside broadcast (for sports ). The management is said to be keen to put long-term contracts in place with the BBC before any sale. BBC Worldwide is also looking for joint venture partners for its audio books division. For BBC Learning the corporation is already talking to educational publishers such as Pearson in the UK.

After Eve other publications that the BBC is expected to sell from the magazine division include Your Hair. Rivals such as IPC and Emap were disappointed that the BBC did not decide to sell more of its top-selling magazines. However the BBC is said to be determined not to sell Radio Times.

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