The TV Commissioning Supply Report published today demonstrates the positive impact the BBC has had on the UK production sector over the last year. The BBC has inspired great British creativity, backed brilliant ideas, talent, and companies, delivered its commitments, and done more than ever to support excellence and change in the sector.
The BBC continues to be the commissioner with the strongest creative and economic footprint across the UK, commissioning over £1.4 billion of original TV content and working with more producers than anyone else. The value of the BBC’s ambitious across the UK plans are being realized by the creative sector; 64% of network hours were commissioned from the Nations and English regions, with more new producers being commissioned than last year.
The BBC led the way by investing in talent and training, creating jobs, and supporting change in the sector. The company put its Creative Diversity Commitments into action and spent over £44 million of our commissioning budget on diverse content which met our published criteria. BBC worked with the sector to support safe and respectful working environments and set strong new targets for sustainability on and off the screen. “We’d like to thank all the producers, talent, and partners we worked with in 21/22 who helped us inspire audiences, meet our commitments and improve how we work as an industry. We look forward to delivering more value for audiences and the UK creative sector over the coming year,” David Pembrey, Chief Operating Officer at BBC Content, stated.
BBC's 2021/22 report highlights include:
- BBC has worked with more producers in more locations than any other broadcaster.
- 334 producers in total.
- 59 new producers were commissioned.
- 36 new Nations and Regions producers and 61% of supplies outside of London.
- 54% of Network TV commissioning spend outside London.
- 74% of Small Indie Fund companies outside London.
- 24 Commissioners based in the Nations and English regions.
- Increased the scale of support for new talent and smaller companies, particularly outside London.
- BBC held more briefings for producers this year, including more targeted briefings for companies in the Nations and English regions.
- BBC invested more in training and skills in the Nations and English regions to stimulate the UK’s creative sector with over 45 talent schemes, bursaries, and initiatives.
- BBC built more partnerships than ever and invested in new relationships in the North East and the West Midlands.