Proposals for BBC Studios unveiled

Date: 17.09.2015     Last updated: 04.04.2019 at 12.39
Category: Corporate
The BBC has today published a document setting out more details of our ambition to transform the majority of our in-house production unit into BBC Studios.

The document is available here

Under the proposals BBC Studios would become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BBC Group and operate in the market. It would produce programmes for the BBC and other broadcasters in the UK and internationally, and return all profits to the BBC Group.

It will be committed to supporting the BBC’s public service mission and values, and will keep programme-making at the heart of the BBC, producing much loved titles such as Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders and Big Blue Live.

As part of these plans, the BBC is also proposing to remove its overall in-house guarantee of 50 per cent, meaning that external producers would be able to compete for a much greater proportion of BBC network commissioning spend. The BBC believes this proposal is the best way to keep delivering fantastic creative programmes for audiences and long-term value for licence fee payers.

A consultation about the proposals will now be carried out by the BBC Trust.

The document was published today as Director-General Tony Hall spoke about the importance of British TV production at the Royal Television Society. His speech is available here

BBC Press Office