BBC Regulator Sets Quotas for UK Originals

Angelo Anderson
October 13, 2017

The BBC must ensure at least 90% of peak time BBC One and BBC Two shows are made in the United Kingdom under new output targets set by regulator Ofcom.

"Our rules will ensure the BBC focuses on original United Kingdom content, and invests in vital areas such as children's programmes, music, arts and religion".

That includes a requirement that "at least 75 percent of all hours on [flagship TV channel] BBC One must be original productions, and 90 percent in peak time", which in Britain is traditionally defined as 5:30 p.m. -11 p.m.

The rules are part of a new operating licence for the broadcaster, the first since Ofcom took over regulating the BBC. CBBC and CBeebies must show at least 400 hours and 100 hours respectively of new UK-commissioned programmes each year.

"Ofcom wants all parts of the U.K.to be accurately reflected, and invested in, by the BBC", the regulator stated.

Half of all network hours have to be produced outside of London, and there is a framework in place to ensure a fairer regional spend across United Kingdom nations. Moreover, the BBC will be required to spend broadly the same amount on programs, per head, in all four of the U.K.'s nations.


The BBC already exceeds the targets for BBC1 and BBC2 but it has now been set new rules by Ofcom. Ofcom said it was also reviewing guidance on regional programme-making to ensure that it "strengthens production in the UK's nations and regions".

Another requirement unveiled on Friday is an increased quota for news on BBC One and current affairs on BBC One and BBC Two.

Ofcom is also to make the BBC air more arts, music and religious programmes, including a requirement that BBC One airs at least 45 hours of arts and music programming a year and BBC Two airs at least 175 hours, and a requirement that BBC One and Two together air at least 115 hours of religious programming, including some in peak time.

The pubcaster will also need to implement an Ofcom-approved Commissioning Code of Practice for diversity, covering on-screen portrayal and casting, as well as workforce diversity.

Kevin Bakhurst, Ofcom content and media policy director, said, "The BBC is the cornerstone of United Kingdom broadcasting".

"Our rules will ensure the BBC focuses on original United Kingdom content, and invests in vital areas such as children's programmes, music, arts and religion".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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