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Ofcom orders BBC to show more original British productions

Ofcom orders BBC to show more original British productions
From Engadget - October 13, 2017

The new licence will also demand that the BBC produce more of its programming in different parts of the UK. Half of the BBC's schedule (measured by hours, rather than individual shows) will need to be developed outside of London. Ofcom is also creating minimum quotas for programmes developed inside Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These will be proportionate with each nation's population size, ensuring that the BBC is catering to each region with an appropriate amount of specialised content. Furthermore, the BBC will need to spend the same amount (on a per-head basis) on programming in each UK nation.

Ofcom wants the BBC to have a stronger focus on news and current affairs too. It will increase the relevant quotas for BBC One and Two, and introduce new ones for BBC Radio 1 and 2. Radio 2, for instance, will need to run three hours of news and current affairs during "peak time" each week. Radio 1, meanwhile, will have to run a set number of "major social action campaigns" each year, utilising its still substantial reach with young people across the UK. "Raising awareness of social issues among younger people and providing a platform on which to engage is one of the key ways Radio 1 can set itself apart from other radio stations," the regulator said.

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