Marcus Ryder: Our Friend in Beijing

If you are serious about television as a business you need to think internationally.” Those were the words of an executive producer speaking to me when I started work at the BBC in 1992.

It was five years before BBC Online officially launched and changed the meaning of “national broadcaster” for good. It was seven years before Endemol produced the first edition of Big Brother in the Netherlands, and we realised how real money could be made selling formats internationally.