Our objectives throughout the commissioning process are to
BBC Television Commissioning is a collaboration between Channels and Genres.
The Channels decide the range and mix of programmes they need for their audiences. The Genres look for individual ideas to meet those needs, and make sure they are reflecting the full range of subjects and issues within their genre across all of our channels.
To get a programme commissioned it has to work for both the Channel and the Genre.
The genre controller or commissioning editor is the single point of commission for both independent and in-house producers.They talk to the channel controllers before making their decision, to ensure content meets the strategy set by the channels.
The Channels and Genres have biannual Performance Review meetings to reflect on how programmes are performing, what's been commissioned, the strength of the competition and how that shapes future commissioning plans. Those meetings provide the basis of the development priorities and you can find the latest information about what the Channel and Genres are looking for in our What we want section.
We hold a number of briefings for our suppliers throughout the year at different venues around the country. At these briefings, we discuss our current commissioning needs.
Programmes within strands are commissioned by the strand editor. The genre commissioner is responsible for the commissioning of the strand itself.
Programmes for local services in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the English regions are submitted and commissioned locally.
To complement its original commissioned content, the BBC aims to bring the best international movies and programmes to its audiences and acquired programming is a significant and highly valued part of our output.
Our Programme Acquisition team buys and manages acquired fiction - series, feature films and TV movies - for transmission on the BBC's television channels. Recent series include Rubicon, Nurse Jackie and Wallander (Swedish version) and recent films range from Up to The White Ribbon.
Factual genres are responsible for their own acquired programmes. For example, Entertainment acquires the Grammys every year and Knowledge acquires factual programmes targeted to specific commissioning priorities.
BBC Television Commissioning is committed to making decisions as swiftly as possible, acknowledging ideas quickly, entering into a dynamic and respectful dialogue with suppliers whose ideas are in play and giving quality feedback on ideas they have actively been developing. The Charter of Editorial Commitments is designed to enhance the BBC’s relationship with independent production companies across the UK.
The speed and nature of communication will vary by genre depending on the volume of proposals coming in, the nature of the idea and the nature of the genre.
To enable us to fulfil our commitments, and monitor our progress, we do need you to submit your developed ideas through our online proposal system (We are currently working on an overhaul of e-commissioning to make it much simpler and swifter to use, and would hope to re-launch it in early 2014)
Specifically, this is what you should expect from us:
How we commission content from independent producers is governed by
All the relevant information is in this section under How we do Business.
We have a number of quotas and targets which relate to who makes our content, what the content is about and where the content is made.
Some of these commitments are legal requirements which are monitored by Ofcom and some our targets which we have agreed with the BBC Trust. The quotas and targets can be broken down into the following categories:
You can read more about the BBC's targets and quotas on our Statement of Operation.
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