Consultation: Review of Regional TV Production and Programming Guidance

  • Start: 19 December 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 27 February 2019

Nations and regions’ production is a crucial part of the UK television production sector, accounting for almost half of public service broadcaster (‘PSB’) qualifying programme hours in 2017. TV production outside of London helps to disperse and stimulate investment and job opportunities in the sector, throughout the UK. This has resulted in the employment of a broad range of talent with a diversity of editorial perspectives, to create a wide variety of programmes for the enjoyment of UK viewers. This can also assist in strengthening regional production centres for the long term and supporting broader creative and cultural economies across the UK.

To help promote nations and regions’ TV production, Ofcom has imposed quotas on the PSBs to ensure that a suitable proportion of their network programmes are made in the UK outside of the M25 (‘regional productions’). The BBC and Channel 3 services also have quotas to broadcast localised programmes, including regional news, across different areas of the UK (‘regional programming’), and a suitable proportion of these should be made in the local area.

To assist the PSBs in meeting these obligations we have published Guidance. This includes our definitions of regional productions and regional programming, and explains how we expect the PSBs to comply with their quotas, how productions should be allocated to particular geographic areas, as well as how we monitor compliance with the obligations.

This document presents the key findings from our review of the Guidance and the associated regime to date and sets out our proposed changes for consultation.

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Responder name Type
Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland (PDF File, 122.6 KB) Organisation
Advisory Committee for Scotland (PDF File, 242.7 KB) Organisation
Advisory Committee for Wales (PDF File, 146.4 KB) Organisation
Barbieri, J. (PDF File, 49.2 KB) Individual
Bartke, K. (PDF File, 90.1 KB) Individual
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