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BBC Sport is a division within the BBC. BBC Sport produces and, in conjunction with the network TV channels, Radio stations and Online, creates and broadcasts a range of live sport, highlights and related content.

Sports Tenders

BBC Sport buys sports rights and is responsible for the production of programming around those rights, either in-house or through an Independent Production company. Contracts for the latter are typically offered as a package across several years and are often significant, both in terms of hours and length of contract. The key factors that drive the selection of a supplier include strength of creative proposition, relevant skills base, experience and value for money. 

* New Regional Programme Opportunity for BBC Scotland

BBC Sport Logo BBC Scotland is offering an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for  the production of a range of Sport content from June 2015 including Football, Rugby 7s, Bowls, Curling and Shinty.

The aim of this tender is to establish a partnership with one independent production company for a period of up to five years. BBC Scotland  require a production company capable of providing live and pre-recorded coverage, with experience in managing live studio and location highlights programmes that involve complex VT operations. Strong editorial judgement and a demonstrable track record in creativity and innovation are also important.

The contract will initially be on a one year basis, commencing from June 2015 until May 2016. The volume of output per year is subject to BBC Scotland acquiring the rights to the coverage of each event. The BBC will not guarantee a minimum level of production beyond the initial contract.

BBC Scotland has a commitment to regional programming in Scotland. This is an open Tender to all Qualifying Independent Producers that can meet the Ofcom criteria to qualify as a regional programme from Scotland.

The BBC adheres to the Ofcom definition of a regional programme.

The factors that will be considered in awarding this tender will include:

  • Editorial and journalistic judgement
  • Quality of editorial proposition, creative thinking and innovation
  • Proven track record in producing complex live and highlights coverage of sports events for a range of major broadcasters, often mounted a very short notice.
  • Proven track record of innovation, creativity and high production values
  • Value for money and cost effectiveness of proposal

The timetable for the tender is as follows:

w/c Monday 17 November 2014

Publish tender announcement

Monday 15 December 2014

Deadline for requesting ITT 

w/c 15 December 2014

Issue ITT

6 February  2015

Deadline for Tender Submission

9 - 16 February 2015

Shortlist proposals and notify tenderers

w/c 23 February 2015

First round Interviews/Pitch week

w/c 16 March 2015

Second round interviews (if required)

3 April 2015

Decision made and  terms confirmed 

Please email Alison Denvir, Senior Rights and Business Affairs Manager, Scotland and Northern Ireland if you would like to receive the ITT or if you have any questions on the tender or tender process.

Outcomes from recent tenders

Following a competitive tender process, BBC Sport appointed: 

  • In October 2013, IMG to produce the BBC’s coverage of the BDO World Professional Darts Championships for three years between 2014 and 2016.
  • Sunset+Vine APP in August 2013, to produce the BBC’s coverage of England’s qualifying football matches for the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
  • Sunset+Vine APP in April 2013, to produce the BBC’s coverage of the Women’s European Football Championships in 2013
  • IMG to produce the BBC’s coverage of the World Snooker Championships, UK Championships, and UK Masters for three years in May 2011, from 2011/12 to 2013/14.
  • Sunset+Vine APP in June 2011, to produce the BBC’s coverage of the sailing events at the London 2012 Olympics.

Sports Documentaries

Inside Sport

A further area of sports-related content is the Inside Sport strand, where independent production companies may pitch ideas for standalone sports-based Documentary programmes via the BBC's Pitch  system to Carl Doran.

Inside Sport is a BBC Sport strand that has produced high profile documentaries around major sporting events and sporting personalities ranging from Seve Ballesteros to Princess Anne as well as tackling a number of big issues in sport like homosexuality and depression. See an overview of some of the Inside Sport programmes broadcast in the last few years.

Other Documentary Ideas

All other programming ideas that fall under BBC Sport's remit should be submitted via the BBC's Pitch system. Commissioning for Factual, Entertainment or other cross-genre programming around Sports or Sports events is managed by the relevant Commissioners / Controllers of the genres.

BBC North Kicker Fund

BBC Sport has recently commissioned three independent production companies from across the North of England to produce sport documentaries for the BBC, as part of the series of BBC North Kicker Fund initiatives. See the press release on the BBC Sport site.

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