A projected loss of £250,000 for the financial year ending on 31 March has forced the closure of seven BBC shops, including the one at Bush House in London, which is especially popular with overseas visitors to London. BBC Worldwide managing director of home entertainment, Chris Weller, told BBC in-house magazine Ariel that “This decision is a commercial imperative and nothing to do with the fantastic people who work in the shops. BBC products are available in all the big chains which, with a hit like Planet Earth, slash the price to the bone. We just can’t compete.” Five other BBC shops in Brighton, Leicester, Birmingham, Eastbourne and Liverpool, run by the corporation’s nations and regions division, will be unaffected by the decision.
Andy Sennitt comments: The BBC Shop at Bush House was a very useful place to buy a range of products, not only from the BBC, but about international broadcasting generally. I remember they used to sell the World Radio TV Handbook when I was the editor. I wonder if they’ll be holding a closing down sale.