You must submit the relevant forms with your programme, for further information please refer to the Programme Quick Checklist and the Paperwork section — and the tape itself must comply with the BBC technical standards as detailed on this page.
The master tape you supply for transmission:
|Type of Programme:||When Required:|
|Non-topical & Open University programmes||Required by 1700 on the contracted Delivery Date at the latest|
|Week Topical Programmes||Required by 1700 on the contracted Delivery Date which is 5 days before transmission|
|Late Commissions||Required at the contracted Delivery Date and communicated Delivery Time|
|Day Before Topical Programmes||Required by 10:00 on the contracted Delivery Date on the day before transmission|
|On Day Topical Programmes||Required by 12:00 on the contracted Delivery Date on the day of transmission|
BBC In-house deliver to VT despatch.
Independent Suppliers delivery to Drama, Children's or the Genre Delivery Units as appropriate.
Stand-by, Interactive and back-up clone tapes should be delivered to the same location as the master transmission tapes.
2. Late Deliveries
Tapes delivered after 1730 for Technical Review on the day of transmission / on Friday for weekend transmission / or the last working day before a public holiday, must be personally accompanied by a member of the production team, to both the technical review and then to the MIA (Media Intake Area).
Please note: Programmes delivered on the day of transmission may not be available in iPlayer immediately after broadcast
3. Tapes from Nations and Regions
Your delivery contact will advise if delivery will be via London. For those Nations and Regions programme tapes requiring Tech Review in London:
N&R programme tapes which have already passed Tech Review and are ready for TX:
Please refer to the full Online programme page deliverables which includes information and technical specifications for clips, images and billings that are required as part of the programme delivery.
This section also includes details of who to contact for further information and advice about the online presence for your programme.
Your production agreement with the BBC requires you to clear clips for public service rights as defined in the agreement.
All recorded BBC HD productions are required to deliver a transmission master and a clone in the same format (HD Cam SR).
All peak-time, recorded BBC programmes on BBC One & Two(ie those scheduled for TX after 1730) are required to deliver a transmission master and a clone in the same format.
Independent Productions should make and retain a clone of all transmission tapes delivered to the BBC.
A clone must always be made where the programme is a co-commission between either BBC One BBC Two and another BBC channel.
BBC Post Production can make the clone as part of the programme’s Technical Review if requested.
If the transmission master is subsequently edited the clone should be as well, so that both are identical.
All TX tape clones should be sent direct to I&A for archiving (they should not be sent to RED BEE MEDIA).
The 'Person Responsible' (as nominated in the Contact Details section of the TX Form) must be aware of the exact location of the clone copy pre-transmission in case the master tape goes missing during delivery.
A clone is not required for the following output:
Providing Production Scripts, Running Orders, or other documents that could be useful to subtitlers in advance greatly helps the subtitling process.
Please inform Access Services whether an electronic script will be available even if it is not available immediately. When available, please e-mail documents to Access Services (no later than the delivery date and ideally as early as possible).
If there are no electronic scripts available, paper documents provide an acceptable substitute.
Programmes for broadcast must meet the BBC's technical standards so a Technical Review will be carried out to assess this.
The Technical Review should only take place once the programme is ready for transmission, with no further editing required.
The programme should be accompanied by a recording report which includes any information that will help the reviewer in their assessment of the material. eg reference to incoming faults, use of archive.
The review process assesses the programme against the technical standards, so it does not usually highlight any contractual or editorial issues.
Independent Productions should liaise with their BBC delivery contact who will arrange technical review.
Reviews to be carried out by BBC Studio Productions and Post Production in London should be booked online via the BBC intranet Gateway (*in-house users only) on the Technical Review Bookings site.
Further details of this system are available on the Post Production Review site on the BBC intranet Gateway (*in-house users only).
The system allows the user to keep track of the status of the review including a pass/fail result; for further details and advice following a fail please contact the Review Centre.
Some common faults which cause programmes to fail the review include:
Independents making Open University programmes should book a BBC Technical Review via the allocated Broadcast Project Co-ordinator.
Tapes should be taken/ sent to I&A Current Operations marked with the booking reference number (Q ref) by 7pm the day before the review, unless you have booked a timeslot, attended or topical review and are delivering on the day.
Current Ops hours are 8am - 9pm, seven days a week.
Outside of these hours tapes can be delivered via Dodds Yard marked for the urgent attention of Current Ops. Or call Post Production duty managers on 0208 576 4051 if you wish to hand over a tape at Main Reception.
A vhs for Programme Access Services (for subtitling) will be made at the review.
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