The BBC and Partnerships

How can we share the cultural and economic benefits of the BBC with others? To my mind, it’s all about partnerships. Tony Hall

We believe there is real value in working in partnership with others. Combining our expertise and resources with those of partners outside the BBC allows us to support the wider creative industry and to deliver greater value to everyone.

We have a long history of working with partners – the "British Broadcasting Company" was formed in 1922 by a group of wireless manufacturers working together. Since then we've has collaborated with countless organisations on TV and radio programme projects, promoting education and developing industry technologies and standards.

In recent years we have sought to give partnership activity a higher profile and working in partnership has become even more important to us. Working in partnership is not without its challenges and our approach is evolving as we learn what works and makes the most exciting and effective programmes, events and innovations.

Make it Digital

Make it Digital is a major UK-wide initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology.

The initiative will capture the spirit of the BBC Micro, which helped Britain get to grips with the first wave of personal computers in the 1980s, for the digital age. It will put digital creativity in the spotlight, helping build the nation’s digital skills, through an ambitious range of new programmes, partnerships and projects: 

  • A major partnership to develop and give a ‘Micro Bit’ coding device to all year 7 children across the UK for free to inspire a future generation - 1 million devices in total.

  • Programmes and online activity involving the BBC’s biggest and best-loved brands, including Doctor Who, EastEnders, Radio 1, The One Show, Children in Need, BBC Weather and many more.

  • The Make it Digital Traineeship to create life-changing opportunities for up to 5,000 young unemployed people, the largest traineeship of its kind.

  • Partnerships with around 50 major organisations across the UK, including Apps for Good, ARM, Barclays, British Computing Society, BT, Code Club, DWP, Google, iDEA, Microsoft, Nesta, Samsung, Skills Funding Agency, Tech City UK, the Tech Partnership, TeenTech, Young Rewired State.

  • A range of formal education activities and events, including Bitesize, Live Lessons and School Report

BBC Arts & Get Creative

Get Creative is a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity, in partnership with cultural movement What Next? as well as a huge range of arts, cultural and voluntary organisations across the UK. The idea is to boost creativity in the UK, as well as celebrating the millions of people already doing something artistic and creative every day.

In Get Creative we'll be working closely with a huge number of external organisations including Culture at King’s, Voluntary Arts, 64 Million Artists, Fun Palaces, Cultural Learning Alliance, and Arts Council England, as well as Culture 24, The Royal Shakespeare Company, the BFI, The Roundhouse, Sadler’s Wells, The Young Vic, National Theatre Wales, Arts Council Wales and many more. It’s the first time amateur and professional arts organisations have come together on a national project of this scale.