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.