Mark Thompson

BBC wants to take iPlayer global, producers balk

According to BBC Director-General Mark Thompson, “British ideas are no longer strangers in LA and the world’s other media capitals.” But those outside of the UK — including British citizens — can’t officially get their fix of British content through the BBC’s iPlayer.

That’s something Thompson hopes will be fixed, and fixed soon. In a speech at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, Thompson told attendeesWithin a year we aim to launch an international commercial version of
the iPlayer. Subject to Trust approval, we also want to find a way of
letting UK licence payers and servicemen and servicewomen use a version
of the UK BBC iPlayer wherever they are in the world.