The BBC has published a document setting out more details of its ambition to transform the majority of its in-house production unit into BBC Studios.
Under the proposals BBC Studios would become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BBC Group and operate in the market. It would produce programmes for the BBC and other broadcasters in the UK and internationally, and return all profits to the BBC Group.
“The costs of the best content are growing. So if we want to continue to create great programmes and experiences for audiences – we need to be able to choose the best ideas – from both indies and in-house,” said BBC director general Tony Hall (pictured), speaking at the Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention yesterday.
“But, for that to be a real choice, we have to have a thriving in-house team. That’s what motivates our proposals to create BBC Studios.”
It will support the BBC’s public service mission and values, and will keep programme-making at the heart of the BBC, according to the Corporation, producing titles such as Doctor Who, StrictlyCome Dancing, EastEnders and Big Blue Live.
As part of these plans, the BBC is also proposing to remove its overall in-house guarantee of 50 per cent, meaning that external producers would be able to compete for a much greater proportion of BBC network commissioning spend. The BBC believes this proposal is the best way to keep delivering creative programmes for audiences and long-term value for licence fee payers.