BrandArena: BBC Worldwide launches content marketing team BBC StoryWorks

Wednesday 24 June 2015

BBC Worldwide launches content marketing team BBC StoryWorks

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of BBC, has hired a content marketing team led by a former journalist.

Former BBC, ITV and CNBC journalist Richard Pattinson will lead a team called BBC StoryWorks that has operations in Singapore, Sydney, New York and London. The Singapore offering of BBC StoryWorks will be led by Nicola Eliot, APAC senior client solutions manager.

The unit will offer branded content, which it defines as commercial content owned by the brand, partnered content (content produced in collaboration with advertisers) and sponsored content (which is produced by the BBC with advertiser sponsorship).

A broadcast journalist on Newsnight and programme editor for This week, Pattinson will “bring newsroom values” to the content team, according to the broadcaster. “He will ensure all content created is bold, innovative and compelling and carries the BBC’s mark of quality and impartiality,” a press release reads.

Carolyn Gibson, EVP of BBC Advertising, commented: ” BBC StoryWorks has been set up to bring BBC editorial quality and values to the fast-moving world of content. It brings together the boldness and innovative qualities of a creative studio with the agility, responsiveness and timeliness of the news room.”

“It taps into the deep creative strength of the BBC, to deliver content for brands that captures audiences’ attention in ways that no other publisher can,” she said.

BBC StoryWorks will form part of the wider award-winning BBC Advertising portfolio and will work in partnership with brands that complement the BBC’s content across BBC Worldwide and BBC Global News Ltd’s digital and TV platforms.  These include BBC World News, Top Gear, BBC Good Food, BBC World Service, BBC Worldwide channels and, the latter of which reaches a global audience of more than 80 million unique browsers per month. Elsewhere, on social media platforms BBC World News’ Facebook page has over 10 million likes and the BBC is the world’s most shared news brand on Twitter.

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