Television production outside of London is a crucial part of the UK’s television production sector. It helps to disperse and stimulate investment and job opportunities in the sector throughout the UK. It also benefits viewers by ensuring a diverse range of programmes and editorial perspectives.
To help promote TV production in the nations and regions, Ofcom imposes quotas on the public service broadcasters (‘PSBs’; BBC, Channel 3 services, Channel 4 and Channel 5), to ensure that a suitable proportion of their network programmes are made outside of the M25.
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.