The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Studios, has today confirmed it will extend its use of the Government’s furlough scheme for fixed term contract (FTC) and PAYE freelancers through to August 31st, and has begun writing directly to those impacted and who have not already returned to work.

BBC Studios has furloughed around 600 FTC and PAYE freelancers working on productions which were paused under Government rules.

It will be reducing the number of those on furlough before the end of July, by bringing them back to work on several productions planned to restart over the coming weeks and months.

Around 70 productions were paused. Among those continuing were The One ShowGardeners’ World, Countryfile and Springwatch as well as one-off live events like the VE Day 75th Anniversary and Trooping the ColourTop Gear is already back in production and EastEnders will begin filming again over the coming weeks with other productions starting up again as soon as it is practical to do so.

Jon Creamer

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