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BBC One Programme Policy 2008/2009

BBC One television

Service remit

BBC One's remit is to be the BBC's most popular mixed-genre television service across the UK, offering a wide range of high-quality programmes. It should be the BBC's primary outlet for major UK and international events and it should reflect the whole of the UK in its output. A very high proportion of its programmes should be original productions.

Delivering the BBC's purposes in 2008/2009

BBC One will continue to contribute towards the delivery of the BBC's public purposes in the range of ways set out in its service licence. Key developments in the way in which the service will contribute to each purpose are outlined below. These are designed to address the priorities identified by the BBC Trust, future-proof the delivery of the purposes, and address perceived gaps in delivery in line with strategies in the BBC's purpose plans.

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Key developments

1 Sustaining citizenship and civil society

  • BBC One plays a vital role in the delivery of this important purpose, bringing value to a broad range of audiences with international, national and local journalism of the highest quality. In news, BBC One will continue to supplement its regular bulletins with the new 8pm programme, aiming to broaden the accessibility and reach of network news, particularly among hard-to-reach audiences. It will also deliver high-quality analysis and investigative journalism, maintaining its existing commitment to peak-time current affairs, with Panorama being regularly augmented by primetime specials.
  • Priority: The ONE Show will build on its current success by developing its distinctive mix of popular journalism and features from around the UK, while Watchdog and Crimewatch will continue to innovate in consumer and crime journalism. BBC One will also encourage conversation and debate about topical issues such as immigration with a six-part documentary series, and in daytime there will be greater emphasis on high-impact current affairs campaigns.

2 Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence

  • Priority: BBC One will aim to enhance the delivery of this purpose, in which it plays a very important role, through its ongoing strategy of modernisation, offering a range of distinctive, enjoyable and entertaining programmes as well as fresh and new ideas. This year, entertainment output will be focused on exploring new ideas and approaches in musical performance with Last Choir Standing, a competition involving a diverse range of choirs from across the whole UK, as well as I'd Do Anything, a Saturday evening entertainment show to cast the roles of Nancy and Oliver for the musical Oliver!.
  • Priority: In drama, BBC One will seek to build on its strength in high-quality returning series by innovating with new titles such as Bonekickers (about a team of archaeologists), light-hearted crime drama The Invisibles, and Wallander with Kenneth Branagh. The channel will complement this with distinctive series such as The Diary of Anne Frank, a new adaptation of Little Dorrit, and Fiona's Story, telling the story of a woman battling to come to terms with her husband's use of internet child pornography.
  • BBC One will continue to nurture new British comedy for a mainstream audience, supporting the best of writing and performing talent in this high-risk genre. Series launching this year include The Life of Riley with Caroline Quentin, and there will also be three comedy monologues scripted by Hugo Blick. The groundbreaking Outnumbered, with improvised performance from children, will return for a second run.

3 Promoting education and learning

  • Priority: BBC One will play an important role in the ongoing delivery of this purpose by contributing to the BBC's knowledge-building strategy through investment in high-quality factual programming for a broad audience across a number of subject areas. There will be a new popular science format for the early evening, What? Where? Why?, as well as a one-off event exploring the possible impacts of climate change, Planet Meltdown. Emphasis will be placed on the commissioning of innovative content such as Superswarm, which brings groundbreaking filming techniques to document animals, birds and insects as they act en masse, and Earth's Great Events, which will examine animal migration in detail.
  • Priority: New approaches will be explored which can connect with mainstream audiences in an effective way. Examples include Wild SOS, an accessible and innovative format that inspires viewers to encourage wildlife into their gardens, and the documentary Desperately Hungry Housewives, which will look at the trend of anorexia among high-achieving mothers.
  • Children's programming will continue to feature on BBC One in the afternoon on weekdays, bringing children's television to the analogue audience alongside the BBC's digital offer.
  • In music and arts, there will be an Imagine... series on guitars and guitar music. Performance will continue to feature in the BBC One Sessions, as well as The Last Night of the Proms.

4 Representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities

  • Priority: BBC One plays a key role in reflecting the diversity of the UK back to itself and, in line with the BBC's priorities in this area, network programming from around the UK will start to be strengthened across a range of genres, in particular new drama. Examples include Purves and Purkella, set in Edinburgh, and Sunshine, set in the North West of England. In factual, Air Medics will follow the critical and challenging work of helicopter paramedics from three bases in the North of England. Network news bulletins will also enhance the reporting of the realities of a devolved UK.
  • Priority: 2008 will be a major year of sport, with BBC One leading the multi-platform coverage of Euro 2008 and the Beijing Olympics. In the build-up to the Games, it will feature the stories of athletes from across the UK as the nation looks towards London 2012 in Make Me an Olympian. Live coverage of Formula One will start in 2009.

5 Delivering the benefit of emerging communications technologies

  • Priority: BBC One will continue to use multi-platform technologies to enable the audience to share, contribute to and directly participate in its content, as well as discover more about subjects and issues raised by programming. Planned multi-platform programme events include Choir Wars, Survivors and Britain From Above, and established series including EastEnders and The ONE Show will continue to encourage large-scale audience interaction. BBC One will relaunch its website to include a live channel simulcast, improved listings and programme information as well as unique internet content experiences.

6 Bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK

  • BBC One plays an important role in fulfilling the BBC's priorities in this area through a range of approaches across the genres. New output will include Stephen Fry on America, a landmark series planned to transmit in the year of the US elections. An international cast will feature in a major six-part drama adaptation of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. The series will follow the feature-length film and will also be shot entirely on location in Botswana.

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Conditions: BBC purposes and BBC One commitments

Unless otherwise stated, all commitments are minimum hours and include originations, repeats and acquisitions.
All conditions are annual unless otherwise stated.

Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence

  • 45 hours of arts and music
    (does not include output broadcast overnight in the Sign Zone)

Promoting education and learning

  • 700 hours of new factual programmes
  • 1,500 hours of children's programmes, shared commitment with BBC Two

Representing the UK's nations, regions and communities

  • 110 hours of religious programming, shared commitment with BBC Two
    (does not include output broadcast overnight in the Sign Zone)

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Statutory commitments

In these commitments, peak time is defined as 18.00–22.30 hours.

The following quotas are agreed with Ofcom and are measured across a calendar year (results are published in the BBC Annual Report and Accounts):

  • A minimum of 25% of qualifying hours are provided by independent producers.
  • A minimum of 70% of all hours, and 90% of hours in peak time, to be original productions (original productions include all BBC-commissioned programming, including originations and all repeats of programming first shown on any BBC public service channel).
  • To maintain the current broad pattern of news programmes throughout the day, which translates as a minimum of 1,380 hours of network news programming, of which at least 275 hours are in peak time.
  • A minimum of 3,920 hours of regional news programmes, of which 2,010 hours are in peak time.

In addition, BBC One shares the following commitments with BBC Two:

  • A minimum of 365 hours of network current affairs programming, of which at least 105 hours will be in peak time.
  • A minimum of 1,030 hours of regional programmes in peak time, plus a further 355 hours at times adjacent to peak time (i.e. the hour either side of peak time) excluding news on BBC One.
  • A minimum of 6,580 hours of regional programming across the range of genres, including regional news programmes for BBC One.
  • At least 95% of regional programmes should be made in the relevant area.

And in conjunction with other BBC network television services:

  • A minimum of 30% of relevant programme production budgets, representing a minimum of 25% hours of productions by volume, to be spent outside the M25.
  • To maintain the current broad range of programmes produced outside the M25, and broad range of different production centres used across the UK.
  • A minimum of 25% of qualifying hours across all of the BBC's network and non-network television services are provided by independent producers.

The BBC observes Ofcom's Access Services Code. BBC One has the following targets:

  • A minimum of 90% of qualifying programming hours to have subtitling. Additionally, the BBC aims to subtitle 100% of actual programmes on the channel.
    (The relevant 12-month period runs from 1 April.)
  • A minimum of 5% of qualifying programme hours to have signing.
    (The relevant 12-month period runs from 1 November.)
  • A minimum of 10% of qualifying programme hours to have audio description.
    (The relevant 12-month period runs from 1 November.)

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