Last updated August 2004
BBC Nations & Regions is the largest regional broadcasting operation
in the UK- accounting for more than £550m of BBC expenditure and employing
nearly 7,000 staff across the UK.
Around 70 per cent of all the BBC's domestic TV and Radio output is
made in the English Regions, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In the past three years, the BBC has invested an additional £50m a year
in strengthening local programmes across the Nations & Regions.
Our teams are based across the length and breadth of the UK in more
than 50 main centres. Including local news bureaux, we have more than
100 operational bases across the country.
The BBC is committed to making broadly one-third of all its television
and radio network programmes outside London and the South East.
Network production from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has increased
by more than 30 per cent over the past three years.
BBC ONE's 6.30pm regional news is the most popular news slot – national
or local – on British television, watched by an average of around six
million people every day.
The BBC's 40 local radio stations across England and six dedicated radio
services for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - including Radio
Cymru in Welsh and Radio nan Gaidheal in Gaelic - attract more than
10.5 million regular listeners.
The BBC now operates 55 local Where I Live websites across the UK. Almost
eight million people now use our Where I Live sites each month and monthly
page impressions have grown in the past year from 46 million to nearly
Local BBC Multi-media Open Centres promoting learning, creative and
IT skills are now operating in Lancashire, Sheffield, Merseyside, Stoke,
Hull and Gloucester plus touring buses offering similar facilities with
added broadcasting equipment in 10 local radio areas.
Similar facilities have been set up with a bus in Northern Ireland
and two community studios and a bus in Wales.
Public Value the BBC has committed itself to increasing total spend
in the Nations and Regions to more than £1bn a year in the next Charter
period - an increase of more than 35 per cent.