BBC to propose opening up production to private firms
Editor | 10 July 2014
In a bid to show it can indeed offer licence fee-payers value for money, the BBC is set to unveil plans to allow commercial rivals to bid for programming.
According to reports in various UK news outlets, Director General Tony Hall is set to propose that the BBC scraps its current programing quota system whereby half of the BBC's programming is made in-house, a quarter reserved for independent producers and the remainder offered to anyone else. In the new deal the BBC would likely put its entire programming, apart from news and sport, up for grabs in return for the ability for its own programming division to create content for commercial firms such as ITV and even BSkyB.
Speaking to the Financial Times, Hall said: "I want to nail this notion that somehow we are inefficient with the public's money ... this is a something-for-something offer where we want to change and we hope to be allowed to do so."
Any such move would have to be authorised by the BBC Trust.