BBC daytime is inviting qualifying indies to bid for the production rights to BBC1’s long-running live cooking programme Saturday Kitchen.

The BBC will continue to own the intellectual property for the show, which is currently produced by Cactus TV.

The BBC said it has has chosen to tender the series now because it is approaching a recommissioning decision in March 2017.

The BBC said the tendering of Saturday Kitchen is not part of the BBCs current ‘compete and compare’ strategy as it is already produced by a qualifying independent production company and BBC Studios are not eligible to apply.

The successful bidder will begin producing the new series from spring 2017 and the contract is for three years.

The deal will be to supply 156 programmes (3 x series of 52 x 90’ episodes each) of Saturday Kitchen Live and 150 programmes (3 x series of 50 x 90’ episodes each) of Saturday Kitchen Best Bites.

In its tender document, the BBC said the current tariff for the show is between £28,000-£30,000 per Saturday Kitchen Live show. The tariff for Saturday Kitchen Best Bites is £3,000 – £4,000 per show.

The deadline for the submission of the eligibility form is 8 November 2016 at 5.30pm. Details can be found here.

Staff Reporter

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