Director of BBC Vision Jana Bennett spelled out to the Royal Television Society on 15 October how the corporation will hit its target of sourcing 50% of all network programmes from outside the M25 by 2016, compared with 33% last year.
The new blueprint aims to build different creative “hubs”, much as the Natural History Unit has done in Bristol, in each nation and key region.
Around a third of the BBC’s network spend will be in the English regions, where Bristol and Birmingham will remain as factual hubs.
London will continue to account for nearly half of the BBC’s network programming budget, cementing its position as “the most important hub” for factual and specialisms such as art and science, as well as a “thriving producer” of comedy, drama and entertainment.
Reaction to the announcement from the Nations & Regions