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OUTSOURCING OF BBC RADIO PRODUCTION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 551: tabled on 17 October 2016

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 21 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House is concerned by the proposal relating to BBC radio in the proposed Framework Agreement requiring the Corporation to secure competition between BBC producers and external producers for at least 60 per cent of Total Relevant Broadcasting Time by 31 December 2022; notes that the BBC Trust expressed concerns about this proposal that have not been addressed; further notes that around 20 per cent of BBC radio programming is currently commissioned from external producers, this level being reached some 20 years after the introduction of external commissioning, which means that the annual rate of increase under the proposal would be far higher than has ever been attempted in radio; observes that the BBC remains virtually the only buyer in the radio market, such that the amount of additional BBC radio output opened up to tendering each year under the proposal would be many times the total annual amount of output produced by all independents for other broadcasters; believes that an increase of this magnitude and rapidity threatens the viability of smaller independent radio producers and BBC in-house radio production, and risks destabilising the radio market and damaging the quality, distinctiveness and diversity of BBC radio output; is further concerned that the proposal, if implemented, would significantly increase BBC spending on administration while reducing spending on content, and would thereby represent poor value for money; and further believes that the proposal is therefore not in the best interests of the licence fee payers.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.