Rumours of a version of BBC iPlayer for overseas users have been around for a while now – such a tool would ideally allow American, Canadian and viewers even further afield the chance to watch Doctor Who online shortly after its UK premiere.

The BBC.com MD is Luke Bradley-Jones – he revealed to paidContent:UK that the “global iPlayer” will see its marketing and promotion focused on America. 20 million of BBC.com’s 50 million users are based in the USA…

“It’s inevitable that we, the digital media business, need to move to a mix of paid services,” he said. “There just aren’t enough ad dollars to support traditional media models. Consumers will pay for services they truly value… we can exploit many more monetisable opportunities, including in the paid space.”

“Millions of people love Torchwood and would probably pay 10 bucks an episode rather than two bucks.”

BBC.com intend that sci fi shows such as Doctor Who and Torchwood as well as the BBC’s fantasy output will be at the centre of marketing a global BBC Video on Demand (VOD) platform, which would require BBC Trust approval before going any futher…