The company will have sole responsibility for sales, stock management and distribution of BBC-branded physical CDs in the UK and the rest of the world (excluding North America, Australia and New Zealand). It will also take on global responsibility for download sales with leading digital retailers, including Audible.
From next year, the company is also expected to produce new releases developed and co-published alongside BBC Worldwide.
Nicholas Brett, Director of Publishing, BBC Worldwide UK, said:
Our principal aim has been to ensure an uninterrupted flow of the BBC’s brilliant spoken word content both on high streets around the world and through downloads. And we’re delighted that this new partnership with Random House Audio will do that.
Hannah Telfer, Director, Digital Marketing and New Product Development at Random House, said:
At Random House we have long admired the BBC’s audio programme, sharing their passion for publishing the highest quality content. We’re very pleased to be working together to grow the BBC list and are committed to reaching the largest possible audience for their titles.
The continuing availability of Doctor Who on audio had been in question since AudioGo entered administration in November.