BBC to spend more outside London
The BBC will be compelled by communications regulator Ofcom to spend more money filming in the UK’s regions outside London.
At least half of all BBC programming will have to be filmed in the regions, with spending proportionate to local populations.
Regulation of the BBC passes to Ofcom from April and the current consultation on regulating the corporation will run until mid-July this year.
“The BBC is the cornerstone of UK broadcasting,” said Kevin Bakhurst, content and media policy director for Ofcom.
“It should deliver quality content for its whole audience, with programmes that reflect the UK’s rich culture and showcase all its talents.”
Last month the BBC announced new pledges to boost spending in Scotland by £20m, much of which accounts for the launch of new channel BBC Scotland.
The corporation will also increase its spending in Wales by 50%, which will include investment in a new BBC Wales iPlayer channel.
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