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Concerns over BBC Studios proposed production proposals

16 November 2015

The Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee Jesse Norman writes to BBC Director General Lord Tony Hall to express concerns over the BBC Executive's outline proposals for the future of BBC production facilities under the BBC Studios heading.

BBC Studios concerns raised

As part of its inquiry into the BBC's Charter Renewal, the Committee has been taking evidence about the impact of the BBC in the wider broadcast production markets. In particular, it has heard concerns about the proposed remit and commercial basis for BBC Studios; its governance and regulation; the possibility of conflicts of interest arising for the BBC as between its commissioners and BBC Studios as a production house; cost allocation and transfer pricing; the automatic renewal of existing commissions; compliance with State Aid rules; fair competition with independent producers and redress if and when things go wrong.

Chair's comment

The Committee's Chairman, Jesse Norman MP said:

"These are significant issues, and we wish to be sure that, as far as possible, Parliament and the general public have the opportunity to consider the BBC's detailed proposals and ideas for BBC Studios fully and in good time as part of the process of Charter renewal.

The Committee is requesting, as soon as possible, the timetable for work on these proposals, setting out when and how the Director General will be addressing these concerns, and what expert advice the BBC is taking in developing the proposals."

Further information

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