Category Archives: BBC

UK radio to get ‘discoverability’ boost on smart speakers

Regulators have a number of tools at their fingertips. They can offer tax breaks linked to cultural tests. They can tell TV channels that a percentage of their content should be made within a particular jurisdiction. They can oblige distribution … Continue reading

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BBC Studios Appoints Tom Fussell as CEO

As reported in Variety. “Fussell will oversee BBC Studio’s “ambitious” plans for global expansion, its focus on employee engagement and wellbeing as well as diversity, inclusion and sustainability.”

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Costs of streaming services relative to the TV licence fee

Tim Davie has been talking to the DCMS select committee yesterday about the licence fee. Some highlights: “Netflix, Spotify, Apple – price rises of 20-30% this year, we have gone up 1% this year.” There’s a useful summary of SVoD … Continue reading

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BBC Chair warns against further cuts

From the FT [£], BBC Chair Richard Sharp warned that the licence fee must keep pace with inflation, pointing out that management (currently working towards savings of almost £1bn by next March had gone as far as they could: ““The … Continue reading

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“Ten Culture Secretaries in ten years. We need a grown-up dialogue with government” – Davie

From Tim Davie’s speech at day two of the Royal Television Society convention in Cambridge: “We’re on 10 culture secretaries in last 10 years… the key thing I found is we need a really serious, grown-up dialogue with government to … Continue reading

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Is UK audiovisual content about to hit a perfect storm?

I’d suggest that there is an emerging picture of where UK production is likely to head in the next few years, and it’s one that should worry us – particularly from the point of view of cultural diversity (which is … Continue reading

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Bectu BBC freelancer survey

If you are a freelancer working on BBC productions, we want to hear from you about your priorities for improving your workplace! Fill out our quick survey on this link and make sure to share it with your colleagues: https://t.co/2JtkAVNhQO … Continue reading

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Cultural Diversity is not just about limiting discrimination – it’s an economic and industrial factor

It’s worth bookmarking Unesco’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions here. This is an important global statement on the need for cultural expressions to be produced, distributed, and owned ‘locally’ (in the Nations and … Continue reading

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Pact Census 2021 published

One of the biggest, and most useful info-dumps about UK TV production has landed today with the publication of the Oliver and Ohlbaum / Pact Census (which is also published alongside a briefing on the impact of Covid this year). … Continue reading

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Ofcom shenanigans – update

The film and TV industries, it’s probably true to say that it’s more important to beat regulators than it is to beat competitors. If a regulator has a particular set of prejudices, it can be very bad for the industry … Continue reading

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BBC at Elstree update

There was a post here recently about the Elstree Studios site (power struggle, lots of expansion, council involved in a row, etc), but the term ‘Elstree Studios’ is a cause of substantial confusion (not least because it’s quite common for … Continue reading

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British content projecting Britain

I’ll be posting more on this in the coming weeks, but there are some very big concerns circulating even in Conservative circles about the potential damage that the UK could sustain due to changes in the film and TV industry. … Continue reading

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BBC & Channel 4’s contribution to the UK economy

Channel 4 recently published a study by Ernst and Young of the Gross Value Added (GVA) to the UK economy [pdf]  from their activity. This report focuses on the contribution to the Nations and Regions of the UK and concludes … Continue reading

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Ofcom calls for stronger system of public service media fit for the digital age

A strong position from Ofcom here – particularly in the current climate (with C4 privatisation firmly on the table) “Public service content matters – but it’s under increasing threat.” From the Ofcom site: “Ofcom is today recommending a radical overhaul … Continue reading

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Regulation and Policy related to audiovisual works – an overview.

These are my notes on a presentation from Maja Cappello – Head of Department for Legal Information – ‘European Audiovisual Observatory on Regulation and Policy related to theatrical and non-theatrical production.’ There are two initial key questions when we think about … Continue reading

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Huge growth in Netflix investment in European scripted production

Netflix has now become the largest single commissioner of new European Scripted content, surpassing both the BBC and ZDF in terms of number of new show commissions across Western & Central Europe in 2020. Read @tvintelligence latest insight here: https://t.co/ai3VXQMVPo … Continue reading

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BBC v ITV viewing figures for Euro final (England v Italy)

This translates as…. 18.2% for ITV 81.8% for the BBC. Wow the TV audience for the football last night peaked at 31m (91% of all those watching TV) and averaged 22m, with 18m BBC and 4m ITV according to Broadcast … Continue reading

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File of Four (BBC Radio 4) bullying survey details.

BBC bullying survey (as featured in the recent File on Four programme). This is a survey that was promoted by Bectu in June 2021. Details of the results are below (raw data is the property of the BBC and can … Continue reading

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Review of the BBC’s child protection and safeguarding procedures

A detailed report on this was presented by The Good Corporation to the BBC management team containing a list of recommended actions that have now been implemented. It can be seen here [pdf] – it has stuff on whistleblowing and … Continue reading

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Tim Davie on the future of the BBC

Tim Davie on the future of the BBC https://t.co/1isPfIVKyO | opinion — Financial Times (@FT) June 15, 2021

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ESM4130 – Particular Occupations: Entertainment Industry: TV and Radio Presenters (IR35)

HMRC have published new tax guidance for TV and Radio presenters – ESM4130. This concept will be familiar to many Bectu members who are covered (or not, as the case may be) by ESM4118 covering ‘behind the camera’ crew.

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The BBC and paywalls

With the next licence review, this (in the FT = ££) is going to be an important discussion.

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Death in Paradise – BBC’s optimum formula

From The Guardian: (13/01/2021) ….Death in Paradise has been pulling in ratings bigger than flagship BBC dramas on a modest budget, using a cast of C-list actors, week after week, for nine years.

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UKCCD response to Ofcom on the future of Public Service Broadcasting.

The UK Coalition for Cultural Diversity circulated their response to OfCOM’s report on the Future of public service broadcasting, Small Screen: Big Debate, UKCCD believes that monies for public service broadcasting should not be spread more thinly and that investment in … Continue reading

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Kaye Adams (BBC presenter) IR35 case

“HMRC is disappointed that the Upper Tribunal has decided that the intermediary rules, also known as IR35, do not apply in this case.” Also this:

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