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BBC adds to iPlayer exclusives

The BBC has ordered four documentaries about London’s Notting Hill Carnival for iPlayer as part of the pubcaster’s plan to develop the VoD service into a major entertainment portal.

The four shows, made by UK indie Acme Films, will reveal the role that music plays at the annual festival through interviews and archive footage, as well as exploring the range of food on offer and the history of the event.

Victoria Jaye, head of TV content at iPlayer, said the commission exemplified how the BBC is “evolving iPlayer’s promise from catch-up TV to a primary entertainment destination, offering audiences more new and original content.”

BBC director Tony Hall first revealed his plans to develop iPlayer into its “primary digital entertainment destination” in October and has since expanded exclusive programming for the VoD service, as well as extending the catch-up window for content to 30 days after broadcast.

Acme has previously worked with Channel 4 in the UK on Banksy’s All Nighter and, more recently, agreed a first-look strategy with Sky Vision, the distribution arm of UK satcaster BSkyB.

In March the corporation also announced plans to move youth-skewing channel BBC3 entirely online via iPlayer.

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