UK regional production level remains low

The level of UK programming produced outside London and its immediate surroundings is "low and continues to decline in some regions", according to indie producers’ association PACT.

A PACT report revealed that 64% of all UK programming was made in London last year and much of the content produced outside the capital was characterised as low-cost and high volume.

The number of hours of programming from Wales fell to 99 from 119 a year earlier. Just 16 hours emanated from Northern Ireland compared with 20 a year earlier. However, the amount of programming from Scotland increased.

PACT called upon advertising-funded public service broadcaster Channel 4 to follow the lead of the license-fee funded BBC, which has a formal ‘Out of London‘ strategy in place.

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