The commercial division of the BBC is currently planning a partnership with the independent producer of shows such as Peep Show and Midsomer Murders, All3Media.
BBC Worldwide will be forming a new company, Tower Production, with the UK independent, in order to take on the German Market.
The new company will be based in Cologne and headed up by Stefan Oelze who will take on the position of managing director.
It will make BBC formats for the German market place and will also be involved in the production of new formats too, a huge task to take on in this current climate.
Apparently this is not a done deal yet, as the setting up of such a company will require approval from the industry authorities.