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Question Time: Scotland Tender Opportunity

Question Time


We are delighted to offer an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for production of Question Time, the BBC’s flagship political debate programme. 

The production must qualify as a Nations Production with a substantive base in Scotland under the Ofcom criteria. The BBC's commitment to growing sustainable out of London production and the rules governing Ofcom's allocation of programmes have determined the BBC's approach to this tender. Please note the Ofcom criteria on what counts as a regional production.

We are offering a three year contract, commencing September 2012, with a minimum commitment of 36 episodes per year.

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

  • The ability to demonstrate the required editorial and technical expertise to produce and manage a high profile weekly current affairs television series of this nature from Scotland
  • The ability to deliver production talent to work on the series
  • Value for money
  • Quality of editorial proposition and creative thinking
  • Ability to meet all stipulated criteria in the ITT
  • The capacity and flexibility to meet the BBC’s changing editorial and business needs during the life of the tender
  • Financial stability

The timetable for the tender is as follows:


21st November, 2011Issue of Invitation to Tender
15th December, 2011Deadline for return of Tender Eligibility Check
20th December, 2011 Issue of technical information to remaining tenderers
3rd February, 2012Deadline for Tender Submission 
w/c 13th February, 2012First Interviews/Pitch week
w/c 5th March, 2012Second round interviews (if required)  
26th March, 2012Decision made, terms confirmed and full contract issued 


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.

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