Channel 4 hits record out-of-London commission spend

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 2:36 p.m.

The proportion of Channel 4’s commissions and expenses outside of London hit a record high last year.

Two-thirds of all original programming commissioned for the main channel was produced in-country and regionally, nearly double the broadcaster’s 35% quota set by Ofcom.

Ian Katz, Channel 4’s Chief Content Officer, said: “These record numbers show how Channel 4’s commitment to increased spending across nations and regions has helped break London’s longstanding dominance of the industry. of television.

“Over the past two years we have built up a tremendous commissioning team at our new bases in Leeds, Glasgow and Bristol and their hard work, together with our brilliant independent partners, has ensured that the production of the channel is now truly representative of the entire United Kingdom”.

Both figures represented records for percentage of commission and spend from nations and regions beating the broadcaster’s previous highs of 59% of hours ordered (2018) and 47% of original programming spend (2020) from independents. based on N&R.

The record order stats have been welcomed by independent production companies across the UK.

Lucy Smith, head of development at Leeds-based Wise Owl Media, said: “Everyone wants to be in the room where it’s happening, and right now production outside of London is having an amazing renaissance.”

“Indies outside of London are no longer content to offer low-cost regional programs and are focusing on developing big-budget international formats on a large scale. So if you’re thinking of moving north, be a part of history and join us!

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