The Open University (OU) works in partnership with the BBC to co-fund programmes from in-house and independent suppliers totalling around 30 ‘Learning Journey’ projects a year across all BBC TV channels and radio stations. Find out more in the Open University: What We're Looking For section
Note: ‘Learning Journey’ means the educational journey that enhances and enriches the broadcast experience that the viewer takes after watching or listening to the programme.
The BBC and The OU wish to combine the best of both organisations’ resources and talents to reach the widest possible audience with innovative, exciting and inspiring content.
The OU, through its nominated academic/s, will provide regular input into the production process, including reasonable attendance at production team meetings.
All ‘Learning Journey’ projects shall include a request made to the audience to continue the ‘Learning Journey’ by accessing free complementary materials produced by The OU. The call-to-action will be collaboratively agreed in advance of the online edit. See the OU Branding section for more information.
Find more details on the Working with The OU FAQ for Production document.
1. All OU deliverable requirements should be met from within the production budget.
2. All deliverables set out below form part of the contract and should be provided in full within the allotted schedule period.
3. Production are responsible for planning for and incorporating the tape and publicity requirements in their post-production schedule.
4. All products and paperwork must be correctly identified using the following information:
5. Date of Technical or QAR Review (for products only) BBC unique identifiers (UIDs) will be issued for each programme by the BBC Genre Business Co-ordinator, TV Management & Support Services.
6. Further information on the commissioning process and content opportunities can be found in the What We Want section.
The Open University 'Learning Journey' deliverables form part of the contract. These include tape, publicity/web and paperwork requirements.
1 x Clone of BBC TX version (HD or SD as per TX master). This will be an OU archive copy of the programme as broadcast, not for OU exploitation.
9 x DVDs without timecode (OU library copy, OMU Library loan copies, OMU copy, OU Media Relations copies).
SD Delivery (where BBC TX Master is SD)
For the OU ‘Learning Journey’ versions, the following applies:
1. Title sequence clean of any English language text
2. All sequences with captions/collage/idents etc in the lower third of the screen
3. All graphic sequences that include English language text
4. Any in-vision subtitles with the exception of bought in footage (ie commercial films). Please discuss with The Open Media’s Unit Broadcast Project Manager any programmes containing large amounts of sub-titling for foreign language translations.
5. Sequence that contains “BBC” ID logo within the opening of the programme.
6. End credits: the closing credit sequence should be clear of text when over picture
2 x DVDs* without timecode
1 x DVD* with burnt-in timecode
*DVDs to include clock and programme only. No bars or cleans on the end.
AUDIO tracks to be provided by dubbing mixer
Please contact the OU’s Information and Archive Manager (IAM) with any queries regarding OU Tape requirements.
Production will provide a minimum of five (unless otherwise agreed with production) high quality colour original images for each of the programmes in advance of transmission. To include programme generic images and where applicable programme presenter. Within the stills delivery some of the key images must be in portrait format.
The images must be provided digitally as JPEG files scanned at a minimum of 300dpi or TIF files at a minimum size of 8mb. If production is unable to supply to this standard then a professional photographer must be engaged to capture the images.
Screen grabs taken from the master are not acceptable.
All photographs should be fully cleared of copyright and artists restrictions including moral rights. The BBC or the OU may also commission its own Photographer subject to agreement with the producer.
All names of Presenters and Contributors should be identified.
The following are to be delivered two weeks following technical or QAR review unless agreed otherwise:
You can find a full list of deliverables on the Open University Delivery Requirements PDF.
Key delivery contacts for The Open University can be found in Who's Who.