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Nations and Regions

Network Commissions

External suppliers working in the Nations (Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales) who wish to submit programme proposals to network television may either submit proposals through:

  • Heads of Programmes in the relevant BBC National Centres
  • Head of Drama in the Nations (for drama only)
  • Commissioning Executives in the commissioning management structure in London who have defined responsibilities for independents in the Nations and Regions.

Local Programming

You can find out more about the Nations requirements and commissioning processes for local programmes on the following websites: 

BBC Northern Ireland 

BBC Scotland

BBC Commissioning Cymru Wales

BBC Comisiynu Cymru Wales  

BBC English Regions

Background: Linear regional television broadcasting in England is divided into twelve distinct geographical areas which are largely dictated by analogue transmitter boundaries.

The core of the broadcast offering in television produced by these BBC English Regions is in the area of news, politics and current affairs. Much investment has gone into the look and newsgathering firepower of our regional news programmes at 6.30pm on BBC One and they're now the most watched news strand on the BBC.

In the last few years our relationship with the independent sector has grown significantly. We commission at least 25% of our non-news programming from the independent sector. Independent production companies now produce our flagship Sunday Politics programme for London, South East and East Midlands and the Super League Show in the North. We also produce an end-of-season regional football magazine programme entitled Late Kick Off. Since the series began, three independent production companies produce three out of our seven Football League programmes. Late Kick Off started again in March 2013 for a run of programmes until around the end of the football season.
 

Commissioning opportunities:

 
Sunday Politics Show

In the spring/summer of 2014 we will be re-tendering the contract for the Sunday Politics for the South East and for London.  Details of the tender will be available in the near future but if you would like to register your interest, please email Isabelle.Hutchins@bbc.co.uk who will ensure you get the details of the bid. 


Recent Commissions

A series of programmes have been commissioned across England looking at the issues around the restoration of important buildings. Restoring England’s Heritage uses the tenth anniversary of the first BBC Restoration series to revisit some of the winning buildings featured in the original series, while also looking at the wider English Heritage list of ‘At Risk’ buildings. The series airs on BBC One regionally in December 2013 and will consist of  eleven independently produced programmes.

In 2013 we have commissioned four indies to make four regional programmes on the issue of poverty. 

To reflect the extraordinary range of weather England had in 2012 we commissioned 10 half hours across the country all made by independent production companies on the weather in their region. The Wild Weather in 2012 programmes were broadcast on Sunday 30th December 2012 and were well received by audiences across England. 

In 2011 we ran three advisory sessions for independent production companies in Bristol, Nottingham and Salford. They were very well received and gave the companies an opportunity to meet their local Series Editors and the senior management team from English Regions.  These were welcomed by the sector and we would be happy to repeat this should there be an appetite. Please drop an email to Isabelle.Hutchins@bbc.co.uk in the first instance. 


One-off Ideas

Finally, BBC English Regions is open to one-off ideas which may focus on strong journalism, original story-telling, and/or programmes which celebrate life within a particular region. 

Please contact your local Series Editor with ideas and details on our commissioning process. Find English Regions contacts.

If you have any further queries or concerns please contact Head of Programmes Craig Henderson.  


2014 Activity in summary:
  • Re-tender of two Sunday Politics regional 'opt-out’ contracts in the South East and London.
  • Tender of Late Kick Off for the Midlands, meaning we will continue to have three independents making regional shows: Midlands, East, South and South West.
  • We will look to commission another single issue topic in each of the eleven regions in the mould of the weather programmes and restoration from 2012 and this Christmas 2013.
  • Continue to commission occasional, one-off regional programmes based on editorial merit.
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