CATHERINE RUSSELL and HUGH QUARSHIE in Holby City. Image: BBC
CATHERINE RUSSELL and HUGH QUARSHIE in Holby City. Image: BBC
Holby City, Question of Sport and Songs of Praise have been named as the first BBC shows to be put out to competitive tender.

The broadcaster is inviting outside production companies to bid to produce the series on its behalf, but stresses that it will retain ownership of all copyright and intellectual property associated with them.

This is in contrast to shows developed by outside producers who own brand and format rights, and means fans do not have to worry about the BBC losing established series as it has with the externally produced Great British Bake Off.

Under obligations contained in the draft BBC Charter unveiled last week, the BBC will be required to open up all of its content – except news and current affairs – to outside producers and a new BBC Studios commercial venture which will be able to bid against them.

Bal Samra, Managing Director, BBC Television and Commercial Director, said: “We are moving forward with our plans to deliver more competition for ideas in the marketplace.

“In turn, the Government agreed that BBC Studios will be a fully commercial operation able to make programmes for anyone and subject to the same rules as any commercial independent programme maker.

“I believe the UK’s creative sector is the best in the world – the imagination, storytelling, insight, experience, craft expertise, and passion for quality is second to none.

“It is a big, bold move, but I think what we’re doing in generating this competition – with a strong independent sector and the creation of BBC studios – could make our industry even stronger.

Further titles will be announced for future tenders during 2017.

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