BBC stops licensing content to Russian customers

The PA news agency understands that the BBC is officially asking its Russian customers not to broadcast the rest of its hit shows including Dancing With The Stars and The Green Planet.

BC Studios, the broadcaster’s commercial arm, announced on Tuesday that it is suspending all content licensing to its Russian customers about the invasion of Ukraine.

A statement said: “In common with other media organisations, we have followed events closely.

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Sir David Attenborough, right, filming Blue Planet (BBC/PA)

“The BBC’s executive team met today and they have decided to stop licensing content to Russian customers.”

This includes the Russian version of the Russian spin-off Dancing With The Stars and Sir David Attenborough’s recent documentary The Green Planet.

Similarly, ITV announced it had stopped working with Russian customers after the conflict.

A statement said: “We have taken the decision to discontinue new sales to Russian customers as we do not believe in doing business with them at this time.

“We also don’t have any Russian customers attending our London Screenings event.”

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It comes after the Motion Picture and Television Producers Union (Pact) – the UK’s trade association for independent producers – called on its members to suspend cooperation and trade with the UK. this.

The association, whose members are Hartswood Films, has produced the Sherlock television series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and World Productions, including Line Of Duty and Vigil among its programmes.

It said in a statement: “Pact expresses our deepest sympathies to the Ukrainian people, and in particular to our colleagues working in the film and television sector of Ukraine.

“Along with other industrial organizations, Pact calls for an end to hostilities in Ukraine and a resolution of the conflict by diplomatic means, respecting the rule of law and the rights of the Ukrainian people.

“International sanctions are being taken against the Russian government.

Pact joins in calling millions to express our fervent hope for peacePact

“While Pact sympathizes with Russian creators who do not have the freedoms and protections we enjoy in the UK, Pact has removed all Russian production and business information from the site. website and urges members to suspend all cooperation and trade with Russia for the time being.

“Pact joins calling on millions to express our fervent hope for peace.”

The television sector joins many others in decoupling from Russia as Western countries increase sanctions against the country.

Several major Hollywood entertainment companies, including Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, and The Walt Disney Company, have halted film releases in Russia in response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

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