Throughout the commissioning process our objectives are to:
All proposals are currently submitted via e-Commissioning enabling the BBC to fulfil its commitments and monitor progress. e-Commissioning is being overhauled to make it simpler and swifter to use. The new BBC Pitch system will replace e-Commissioning in late 2014. More information will be made available when the system launches.
Members of the public not attached to an independent production company should see the opportunities available on the Ideas From the Public page.
How the BBC commissions content and agrees contracts with independent producers is governed by:
The process for responding to proposals is set out in detail in the BBC Code of Practice.
In addition, the BBC have committed to a Charter of Editorial Commitments designed to enhance the BBC’s relationship with independent production companies across the UK.
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 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.
The BBC will treat all proposals as confidential. We have signed up to the updated Alliance for the Protection of Copyright (APC) Code of Practice providing guidance around submission and handling of proposals for all types of broadcast and online content. This code forms part of our e-Commissioning Terms and Conditions and you should read this information before registering for the system.
BBC Television Commissioning is 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 Head of Commissioning 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 for the development priorities, which can be found in the What We Want section.
We will complement our in depth biannual survey with an annual survey of key questions around these commitments.
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.
In addition to our core network genre needs we also have opportunities for:
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 are targets which we have agreed with the BBC Trust.
Find out more about quotas and targets.
BBC Television has an annual planning process taking the channel and genre strategies and building them into a detailed plan of what they are looking for, at what price, in each transmission slot. After agreeing on any returning series they will invite ideas for the remaining slots. Quotas and targets are overlaid on this plan to make sure commitments will be met.
At this stage there would be an initial idea of which programmes would make up the various quotas, ensuring a range of programming, prices and locations from each.
These plans may change as the commissioning landscape evolves, for example:
The Slate Management teams in each genre respond to these changes and constantly re-iterate the plan based on latest information to ensure that budgets, quotas and targets are met.
This may mean that the precise make-up of the quotas is moving at the margins in most genres over time. For these reasons, it is often not possible to confirm the supply category until the end of the financial year.
Find out more about the BBC's targets and quotas.
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