In 2008 the BBC made the following commitments to growing regional production outside of London:
Details are available for producers based in the Nations and Regions regarding BBC Network and Local Programming commissioning opportunities.
The BBC uses Ofcom's definitions of regional production.
These definitions state that in order for a commission to qualify as a Regional Production it must meet at least two out of the following three criteria:
Regional Productions are either allocated to a "Macro Region" (ie Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, North of England, Midlands & East, South of England) or classified as "Multi Region/Nation".
The first step is to determine whether a programme qualifies as a Regional Production by meeting at least two out of the three criteria provided above. This is illustrated in the following table:
|Example||Where substantive base is located||> 70% spend out of London||> 50% talent out of London?||Is this a Regional production?|
|Production A||Wales||Yes||Yes||Regional Production|
|Production B||Wales||Yes||No||Regional Production|
|Production C||Wales||No||No||Not a Regional Production|
|Production D||London||Yes||Yes||Regional Production|
If it does qualify as a Regional Prioduction then the second step is to allocate to a “Macro Region” or to classify as "Multi Region/Nation". Ofcom's guidelines [external link] explain how this allocation works in detail, but in headline terms:
This is illustrated in the following table:
|Example||Where substantive base is located||Where > 70% spend is||Where > 50% talent comes from||Allocated Macro Region|
|Production F||London||Scotland||Various||"Multi Region"|
Each production is required to submit I&RP Ofcom Compliance Forms so that the BBC has a formal record of the Independent and Regional Production status of that commission.
Please contact Bev Salt if you have any queries regarding the definitions.
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