TV operations

03 March 2017

All licensed TV broadcasters are required to supply Ofcom with an annual set of data on their hours of output, programming costs and revenues (‘Transmission and revenue return’), as well as the European hours of programming (‘AVMS return’), unless specifically exempted.

The deadline for this year’s returns is Friday 31 March 2017

Exemptions are only available in specific circumstances, most notably if no broadcasting activity took place under your licence in 2016. Full guidance on what makes a licence exempt from submitting returns is contained in the below information guide. If you believe your licence is exempt from one or both returns, please inform Ofcom at

Only if Ofcom receives a notification to this effect will you not be required to submit a T&R or an AVMS return this year.

Information about the annual data collection PDF, 605.5 KB

Both the T&R and AVMS submissions should be made using Ofcom’s online Market Intelligence Database (MID) via the link below:

If you have any questions on the data collection process that are not answered in the guidance notes or the FAQs, please contact us via If you would prefer to correspond by letter, please write to Ofcom Market Intelligence, 2nd Floor, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA, stating your name, organisation and your licence numbers.

Frequently asked questions PDF, 24.8 KB