The Week: Media news - BBC in talks to ally with C4

The BBC and Channel 4 are in preliminary talks to form a commercial alliance through BBC Worldwide.

According to a report in The Observer, the talks have been "sanctioned at the highest levels of the BBC". The exact details of the partnership have yet to be outlined, but one of the possibilities could be the BBC selling Channel 4 shows, which include Shameless and Skins, overseas via its own production facilities, with both companies sharing profits.