BBC One and Two, and Channel 3 services must also meet quotas to provide regional programmes that are of particular interest to people living in the area where the service is broadcast. Ofcom guidance explicitly defines the criteria that a production or programme must meet for it to be categorised as ‘regional’ and for it to count towards the quotas.
This call for evidence represents the first stage of an Ofcom review. Building on the stakeholder engagement sessions held last autumn, Ofcom is seeking data and further information from broadcasters, production companies and other interested parties on the health of the production sector in the nations and regions, and how effectively the current guidance supports the delivery of regional productions and programming in practice. Responses must be submitted by 10 May 2018.
These views will help inform a formal consultation, planned for later this year, on any changes Ofcom may propose to regional production and programming guidance.