Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share
31/10/2003

BBC fails independent productions target for third year

The BBC has, for the third consecutive year, missed the statutory target to ensure that at least 25% of 'qualifying programmes' shown on BBC1 and BBC2 were independent productions, the Office of Fair Trading has said.
In the period 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003, only 21% of qualifying programmes broadcast on BBC1 and BBC2 were independent productions.
Last year's OFT report found that the BBC achieved a figure of 21.8% between 1 April 2001 and 31 March 2002, and the eighth report found the BBC achieved a figure of 23.7%.
However, the BBC did meet the secondary requirement that independent programmes were of satisfactory range and diversity in terms of both hours broadcast and cost of acquisition. The monitoring does not extend to the BBC's digital channels.
The OFT has sent its tenth statutory report on the BBC's transmission of independent productions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Once the OFT has reported, it becomes a matter for the Secretary of State to consider any appropriate action.
In future, Ofcom, rather than the OFT, will be responsible for monitoring the BBC's compliance with its duty to commission programmes from independent producers, and Ofcom will have stronger enforcement powers.
Under proposed amendments to the agreement between the Secretary of State DCMS and the BBC, Ofcom will be entitled to levy a penalty of up to £250,000 on the BBC if it fails to comply with the 25% requirement.
In addition, Ofcom may carry forward any shortfall to the next reporting period, thus providing a further incentive for the BBC to comply with the requirement.
(gmcg)
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

29/09/2017
RTS Announces Nominations For North West Awards 2017
The Royal Television Society (RTS) North West Centre has announced the nominations for its annual awards, at an event sponsored by Audio Network. Cat
13/04/2016
Production News : Nominations Announced For RTS Scotland Awards 2016
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the nominations for this year's RTS Scotland Awards 2016. The awards cover all forms of production in
11/04/2017
RTS Announce Scotland Awards 2017
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the nominations for the RTS Scotland Awards 2017. The awards cover all forms of production in Scotlan
02/10/2015
RTS North West Announce Awards Shortlist
The Royal Television Society (RTS) North West Centre has announced the shortlist for its annual awards at an event hosted by CBBC presenter Lauren Lay
04/11/2014
Production News - RTS Announces Craft & Design Awards Shortlist
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the shortlist for the RTS Craft & Design Awards 2013/2014. The winners will be announced at a ceremon
27/04/2017
RTS East Centre Announces Nominations For Awards
The Royal Television Society (RTS) East Centre has announced the nominations for the RTS East Awards 2017. The inaugural awards will take place on 25
21/05/2015
RTS Announces Winners Of Scotland Awards 2014
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the winners of the RTS Scotland Awards 2014. Chaired by April Chamberlain, the awards cover all forms
24/05/2002
BBC's business-to-business broadband capability launched
BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s main commercial arm, have launched BBC Preview – the first business-to-business broadband application that allows internation
18/11/2014
Winners Announced For RTS North West Centre Awards
The Royal Television Society (RTS) North West Centre has announced the winners of its annual awards on 15 November at the Hilton, Manchester. The even
18/06/2007
BBC Reports On Safeguarding Impartiality
The BBC has published its report on safeguarding the Corporation's impartiality, along with research on audience expectations and perceptions on the t
29/01/2016
RTS Announces Television Journalism Awards 2016
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the nominations for the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2016.   The awards, for news and current aff
24/03/2017
Production News : BBC Two Announces Satirical News Show The Mash Report
Following a very competitive piloting process, Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, have a
15/08/2007
BBC Resources Limited Prepares For Sale
The BBC has announced that the process for the sale of its commercial subsidiary, BBC Resources Limited, has begun and an advertisement is to appear i
26/01/2001
GOVERNMENT REVIEWS BBC FAIR TRADING POLICIES
THE BBC will again be under scrutiny from an independent review on their commitment to fair trading following an announcement from Culture Secretary C
30/01/2015
Nominations Announced For RTS Television Journalism Awards
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the nominations for the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2013/2014. The awards, for news and current