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Delivery FAQs

Find the key BBC delivery contacts.
 

What is my 'Delivery Date'?
What do we mean by 'Topicality Status'?
What do we mean by 'Compliance'?
What happens if things change before the delivery date?
What happens if things change after the delivery date?
How do I find out the duration of my programme?
What is a programme UID/Number?
How do I know my Credit Duration

What is my 'Delivery Date'?

The delivery date will be specified in your commissioning documents and will form part of the contract. If in doubt, please check with your commissioning contact. The delivery date will usually be determined by the programme's Topicality Status

Any variation to the contracted delivery date must be formally agreed (by writing or email).
 

What do we mean by 'Topicality Status'?

The delivery date will usually be determined by the programme's Topicality Status which is determined by the editorial nature of its content. A 'topical' status will be awarded only to those programmes which relate directly to live or current events and therefore require some last-minute production. Topicality Status classifications are used throughout BBC TV and Radio. The definitions below are additionally used to define the requirements for live and late feeds and Outside Broadcasts (OBs).

Any variation to the contracted delivery date must be formally agreed (by writing or email with your Business Affairs Manager).

Topicality Status Programme Type When Required
Non-topical and Open University programmes All non-topical programmes Required by 5pm on the contracted Delivery Date at the latest
Week Topical Programmes

- a programme with 'week specific' elements within its content

 - people of the week chat shows

Required by 5pm on the contracted Delivery Date which is five days before transmission    
Day Before Topical

- a programme with a 'news' element within it

- weekly review programmes

- spin-offs linked to live shows

Required by 10am on the contracted Delivery Date on the day before transmission
On Day Topical Programmes

- a news programme (but not other factual documentary series unless another criterion is met)

- highlights programmes connected to earlier sport or other live event

Required by 12noon on the contracted Delivery Date on the day of transmission 
Quick Turnaround/ Late Edit Programmes Programmes which, because of essential last-minute preparation and/or location of the editing/recording facility, cannot deliver the programme to Playout, e.g.sports or events highlights edited and transmitted from OB facilities A date and time specified on commissioning documentation
Live Programmes Live feeds/ Whole programmes played from a live source eg OB, Studio, abroad. A date and time specified on commissioning documentation
Off-site Programmes Programmes which are not delivering to the London Playout area. This could include programmes transmitting from a Nation or Region, an outside facilities house, another BBC building or an edit suite.  

Notes

  • Strands will be commissioned with their appropriate least topical status, and production departments will need to agree any necessary changes to this status for individual programmes as above. 
  • Live and Quick turnround programmes are subject to special requirements – see How to Deliver Live/Late Programmes and OBs for more information.
     

What do we mean by 'Compliance'?

Editorial compliance - every programme made for the BBC must adhere to the BBC Editorial Guidelines and Credit and Branding Guidelines. 

Technical Compliance - every programme made for the BBC must comply with the Technical Specification to ensure it passes Technical Review. 

See the Compliance section for more details.
 

What happens if things change before the delivery date?

Any changes/exceptions requested by the channel or the production to the commission (say changes to the delivery date, duration or Topicality Status) MUST be confirmed in writing or by e-mail between the commissioning executive (or their nominated representative)and the production department/company. Only changes confirmed in this way will be recognised as affecting contractual delivery dates or other criteria.
 

What happens if things change after the delivery date?

If things change (e.g. for legal or editorial reasons) after the delivery date then they may have an impact on the channel schedule. TV Planning & Scheduling plan and schedule all non-CBBC programmes on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four. CBBC plan and schedule all CBBC services including CBeebies and the CBBC channel. Playout manage the transmission of the programmes on all these channels.  BBC Scotland Commissioning and Scheduling plan and schedule BBC Scotland. 

Any change must be agreed between the relevant scheduler and the production department/company. This agreement must be confirmed in writing or by e-mail. 

All duration changes/exceptions for network transmission made less than three weeks before the relevant transmission week must be made in consultation with Playout Planning. 

Note that changes to the duration, delivery date and Topicality Status are not directly negotiable with Playout Planning or Playout. 
 

How do I find out the duration of my programme?

See the Programme Numbers and Duration section.
 

What is a Programme UID/Number?

See the Programme Numbers and Duration section.
 

How do I know my credit duration?

See the Programme Numbers and Durations page.

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