BBC's Tony Hall warns of threat of SVoD's to UK content

BBC's Tony Hall warns of threat of SVoD's to UK content

3rd November 2017

BBC chief warns spend on British content could slide by £500m

The BBC has warned that the future of homegrown content is under threat in the face of powerful SVoD players which are failing to invest in British content.

Tony Hall said it is vital that the BBC, which has an annual content budget of £3.5bn, remains a “guardian” of UK production, and continues to modernise and back distinctive new ideas as it cannot compete purely on funding alone.

A report published today by the corporation has found that the spend on British programming could fall in real terms by £500m in the next 10 years due to a challenging advertising market, reduced content budgets and investment in global programming rather than UK-specific shows.

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