Commissioning

"We want to commission programmes that are about this place: who we are, where we've come from and where we're going. We are looking for stories to thrill us, to make us laugh, to make us weep, and to make us think."

Susan Lovell, Head of Television, BBCNI

 

Welcome to the BBC Northern Ireland Commissioning website. Our relationship with programme makers is absolutely key to BBC Northern Ireland's success in delivering the programmes that our audiences want and deserve.

These commissioning pages will give you a better understanding of how our commissioning process works. Here you will find useful information, contacts and links across our business and platforms.

This site also links into the wider Network commissioning areas and you should find everything you need to work with us.

The BBC in the Nations provides an opt-out service, rather than a full channel. We make programmes specifically for local audiences, and we time-shift network programmes on BBC1 and BBC2 to do so.

That means we look for our programmes to provide very specific things for audiences within the wider BBC portfolio. These local priorities are set out in the BBCNI local commissioning part of the website.

We commission 200 hours of factual and comedy programming per annum. Competition is fierce, and we welcome proposals that draw in other partners and funders.

Finally, can I encourage you to watch and become familiar with the programmes we are making for audiences in Northern Ireland? It's the best way to get a sense of what works – and we are always keen to hear your thoughts.

I look forward to hearing from you and wish you every success with your ideas.

Susan Lovell - Head of Television, BBC Northern Ireland

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