The BBC is putting DIY SOS and See Hear out to competitive tender.

It will publish invitations to tender later this year, as part of its commitment to competition and requirement to contest more of the BBC’s TV programmes.

BBC commissioning will invite pitches from producers and a full list of eligibility criteria and requirements for the shows will be openly shared with all suppliers. The BBC will retain all Intellectual Property rights for the programmes, which will continue to be shown on the BBC, but the tendering process will decide which supplier makes the programmes.

David Pembrey, Chief Operating Officer, BBC Content says: “DIY SOS and See Hear are hugely important brands for the BBC and are much-loved by audiences. These two tenders underpin their ongoing importance to the BBC in the coming years, as well as our commitment to competition across our output”.

The tendering of returning series forms part of the Compete or Compare strategy launched by the BBC in 2014, which underlined the BBC’s commitment to commission the best programmes for audiences, regardless of who makes them.

The requirements for each tender are communicated at the time of publication, with enough time for suppliers to do appropriate research and preparation.


Pippa Considine

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