BBC signs ground-breaking deal with Pact

We are delighted to have agreed this ground-breaking deal between the BBC, Pact and the independent sector, extending our partnership and providing new opportunities that will act as a digital catalyst for the whole industry."Bal Samra, Commercial Director, BBC
Date: 17.10.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.16
The BBC and Pact today announced a ground-breaking agreement over new terms of trade for the commissioning of independent productions.

New agreement includes the extension of BBC iPlayer window from 7 to 30 days, and terms for BBC Store

The new agreement was negotiated by the BBC with Pact, which represents the interests of the UK’s independent production companies. It enables the BBC to provide greater access to content for the licence-fee payer - and for the independent sector to provide broader opportunities for audiences to find the programmes they love on commercial platforms.

The newly agreed framework includes the extension of BBC iPlayer’s free-to-air catch-up window from seven to 30 days, and provides for content availability on BBC Store – a new commercial offer announced by Tony Hall last week which will offer a broader digital video library from the BBC - both subject to approval by the BBC Trust. Over 90 per cent of BBC content produced each year is unavailable for audiences after its exposure on the BBC. The new terms agreed aim to change that forever by paving the way for BBC Store, where the ambition is for the majority of BBC content produced to be available to buy and keep, alongside a growing selection of the archive.

The agreement will result in the BBC and the creative sector working in even closer partnership. Independent production companies will benefit from digital rights being available to the wider market from first broadcast and a reduction in the period before which independently produced programmes can feature on other UK television channels. The framework for BBC Store develops a new business model which delivers returns directly back to programme producers and other rights holders, and will deliver benefits to the sector as a whole regardless of individual company size.

Bal Samra, Commercial Director at the BBC, says: “We are delighted to have agreed this ground-breaking deal between the BBC, Pact and the independent sector, extending our partnership and providing new opportunities that will act as a digital catalyst for the whole industry. This deal will provide real value for licence-fee payers, as well as increased access to the BBC content they love, with more opportunities to watch BBC content for longer, find and buy digital programmes to keep, and discover gems from the BBC’s archive.”

John McVay, Chief Executive of Pact, says: “The UK’s independent production companies now produce over 40 per cent of television content for the BBC - this is a good deal for the indies that will help UK creative companies to better exploit their programmes on other digital platforms and sustain the commercial success of the world’s most successful Independent sector.”

Notes to Editors

  • Extending the free-to-air catch up window for BBC iPlayer from 7 to 30 days and BBC Store are both subject to approval by the BBC Trust. Further details will be available in due course.