The BBC World Service aims to be the world's first choice amongst international broadcasters. We want to inspire people and illuminate their lives. Our programmes need to support - and build on - our reputation for being authoritative, impartial and accurate. With your help we can achieve all of this...and make the most of our unique ability to bring the world together, making connections and helping listeners make sense of the world. We seek impact and originality.
If you wish to propose ideas to World Service you will need to do so through an in-house department or a registered independent company. World Service has a Registered Suppliers list of Independent Production Companies. We cannot consider ideas from companies not on this register. If you wish to join the Suppliers List please contact Vanessa Morris & Karen Howe, assistants to Tony Phillips. Companies with significant production experience will be considered.
Please read through the World Service guidelines here
Commissioning round updates
The Controller of BBC World Service English, Mary Hockaday, will be launching the BBC World Service’s plans for commissioning English programmes from April 2016 on Tuesday 3rd February 2015.
The BBC World Service will be looking for high quality, adventurous and highly original programming that fully reflects the digital engagement we have with our global audience.
We apologise, there has been a slight delay in shortlisting the first stage of offers. We have, therefore, extended the dates of Stage 2 to allow for more time to submit proposals to Proteus - please see the new dates below.
Please note revised dates below:
The commissioning timetable will be as follows:
Please note revised dates below:
Tuesday 3rd February 2015
Guidelines will be published here (PDF)
Tuesday 3rd February – Thursday 26th February (1200 noon)
Time period during which you can email your three-line descriptions to WSCommissioning@bbc.co.uk.
At this stage the Commissioning Editors will then reply indicating which ideas should be formally submitted on-line to Proteus. Please note this email address is for three-line descriptions only.
Thursday 26th February –Thursday 9th April
Proteus will be open for submitting final proposals. It will close at 1200hrs (midday) on Thursday 9th April.
For login and password requests for Proteus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 24th April
Results will be published in Proteus.
If you interested in submitting proposals and are not currently on the World Service Registered Supplier List, please contact email@example.com
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