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.
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.
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:
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
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.
Following a competitive tender process, BBC Sport appointed:
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.
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 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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