Please note:The BBC has begun taking delivery of network TV programmes by file produced by both in-house and independent suppliers as part of the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) initiative. All programmes delivered by file should be in HD. SD programmes should continue to be delivered by tape.
The requirement to deliver by file will be discussed as part of the usual commissioning negotiations and will be in line with the following guidelines:
For a definition of topicality codes, please refer to the Delivery FAQs page.
Technical Standards: The latest BBC technical standards can be downloaded from the BBC Delivering Quality website. The documents on the DQ website will be updated regularly so please ensure the latest version has been downloaded.
All other information and supporting material on how to deliver a file to the BBC will be provided to the production during the testing process.
The BBC Academy has produced a number of ‘how to’ videos on file delivery. Visit the BBC Academy website for the latest learning materials. The Academy also hosts a one day file delivery training course available for independent production companies and BBC staff. Visit the Academy Courses website for more information and to book a place.
The master tape supplied for transmission:
The BBC uses the EBU’s Recommendations for HD cameras which can be found on the EBU Technical Website along with the document EBU R118 which gives details of camera criteria and testing. The site also has recommended set-ups for all cameras currently tested.
Cameras usually have a minimum of 3x1/2” sensors or 1x1” and a recording format of a minimum of 50Mbs inter-frame or 100Mbs intra-frame.
BBC In-house staff can find additional information and contacts on the internal Gateway Production Support website.
Further information on HD technical standards and delivery is available on the BBC's Delivering Quality website along with information on BLITS.
Contact for HD Technical Enquiries: Head of Technology, BBC HD & 3D: Andy Quested
Please note: Programmes should continue to be delivered on HDCamSR tape until specific details about file delivery have been given for individual programmes or by the BBC at the time of commission.
For file delivery technical standards and requirements please see the DPP website.
|Type of Programme:||When Required:|
|Non-topical and Open University programmes||Required by 5pm on the contracted Delivery Date at the latest|
|Week Topical Programmes||Required by 5pm on the contracted Delivery Date which is 5 days before transmission|
|Day Before Topical Programmes||Required by 10am on the contracted Delivery Date on the day before transmission|
|On Day Topical Programmes||Required by 12 noon on the contracted Delivery Date on the day of transmission|
Please note: Programmes should continue to be delivered on HDCamSR tape until specific details about file delivery have been given.
Tapes delivered to the BBC for broadcast must meet the BBC's Technical Standards and a Technical Review will be carried out to assess this.
Independent productions should liaise with the relevant Genre Delivery Unit to arrange tape delivery and Technical Review.
The Technical Review should only take place once the programme is ready for transmission, with no further editing required. See the section New Versions and Editing Tapes After a Technical Review below for more information.
Independent producers making Open University (OU) programmes should liaise with the OU’s Information and Archive Manager (IAM) to arrange a Technical Review. Find further information about OU delivery.
Download information about the Technical Review and tape delivery for BBC in-house productions.
Transmitted master tapes must not be edited for any reason under any circumstances. If re-editing is required before repeat transmission, a new tape must be produced and submitted to the archive under the new version number.
If a programme has passed its Technical Review but further editing is needed before transmission a new versions must be issued and a new compliance form should be submitted. If a version has failed a Technical Review or a damaged tape is being replaced a new version is not needed.
In-house productions must not make new versions without the knowledge of Scheduling Teams.
New versions created without appropriate authorisation will not be transmitted.
All programmes that require reversioning should adhere to the following process:
All recordings, both broadcast and non-broadcast, are the property of the BBC (unless contractual arrangements indicate otherwise).
You must not conduct any editing/reversioning on any BBC Archives transmission master material as this is in direct contradiction of the BBC policies and obligations.
BBC Archive are required to keep all transmitted programmes for a minimum of five years for research and re-use value and for critical business reasons such as legal traceability and ensuring the correct version of a programme is transmitted.
All independent productions (including those producing content for CBBC and CBeebies) must submit one master copy to BBC Archive and must retain an exact clone of the delivered master for their own records, this clone may need to be required/referred to in the event of an issue prior to transmission.
All BBC in-house productions must submit two master tapes to the archive. The copies should be for both peak and off peak transmissions and all transmission tape clones should be sent direct to BBC Archive (not Red Bee Media).
BBC Nations and Regions programming may be logged and stored locally but recorded in the central database.
In additions, a clone is not required for the following output:
If a master tape is re-edited before transmission both tapes should be re-mastered to contain the new edit.
The 'Person Responsible', as nominated in the Contact Details section of the Transmission Form, must be aware of the exact location of the clone copy pre-transmission in case the master tape goes missing during delivery.
See the Publicity page for a list of additional assets that must be supplied with a programme.
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