The BBC must ensure at least 90% of peak time BBC One and BBC Two shows are made in the UK under new output targets set by regulator Ofcom.
Coming into effect from January, the new rules also require the channels to show at least 6,000 hours of programmes “which are of specific interest to the nations and regions,” of which 95% must be made in the areas to which they relate.
In total, at least half of all network hours on the BBC’s television channels must be made outside of London, with separate minimum quotas for each UK nation based on their population size.
The new targets are the first imposed by Ofcom since it took over regulation of the BBC’s output from the now scrapped BBC Trust.
Ofcom says the rules have been drawn up following consultation with viewers who told it “programmes made in the UK are important to them” and says they’ll “ensure the broadcaster offers high-quality, distinctive programmes for its entire audience.”
In addition to the TV targets, Radio 1 and Radio 2 will be required to “play a broader range of music than commercial stations,” including more music from new and emerging UK artists.
The BBC will also have to measure and report on its on-screen and on-air diversity each year, a response to concerns that both the BBC and the wider TV industry are too white and too male.
Kevin Bakhurst, Ofcom Content and Media Policy Director, said: “The BBC is the cornerstone of UK broadcasting.
“But we think it can do more to provide quality, distinctive programmes that reflect the interests and lives of people across the UK.
“Our rules will ensure the BBC focuses on original UK content, and invests in vital areas such as children’s programmes, music, arts and religion.”