BBC to boost Northern Ireland spending
The BBC has pledged to spend an extra £11m on its Northern Ireland (NI) services over the next three years.
Improvements will include a 50% increase in local commissioning to cover drama, comedy and factual programming – including extra content to mark historical anniversaries – and an enhanced digital service for BBC News NI.
The BBC spent just under £55m on Northern Ireland services in 2015/16.
In addition to the funding pledge, the BBC has renewed a partnership agreement with Northern Ireland Screen. A deal was first signed in 2015 and led to acclaimed productions like crime dramas Line Of Duty and The Fall.
“This is great news for BBC Northern Ireland, but more importantly, great news for audiences,” said Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC.
“It is the biggest single investment the BBC has made in Northern Ireland in 20 years. It will transform our digital output - for news and sport and more.”
The news comes a few weeks after the BBC made similar pledges of funding increases for both Wales and Scotland, with the latter securing the largest figure – an extra £19m – most of which will be used to fund new channel BBC Scotland.
Earlier this week the communications regulator Ofcom revealed it will be compelling the BBC to ensure that at least half of its programming is made outside London.
Image: iStock.com/Robert Mayne
Also on The Knowledge
World Productions, makers of Line of Duty and The Bodyguard, is working on The Diplomat, a new drama set in the British Consul in Barcelona.
Wales has a long-established reputation as a film-friendly production hub, with hig-profile inward investment projects such as Brave New World among the recent high-profile projects to have filmed there.
Experienced location manager, Georgette Turner, LMGI, explains the difficult situation for location manager freelancers...
A new iteration of sci-fi classic War of the Worlds filmed last year in Bristol, doubling the city for London.
New figures from Film Edinburgh show that the economic impact from feature film and scripted TV production in the region was around £10m over the last year.
An eight-week shoot begins this week on short-form scripted series Cheaters.