C4 must boost regional commissioning
12 March 2014
In a boost to Equity's Broadcasting in the Nations campaign, OFCOM has told Channel 4 to increase its output in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In renewing Channel 4's licence for another 10 years the media watchdog said the channel's quota for programmes produced outside of England must triple from 3% to 9% from 2020.
Channel 4 projects it will require an extra £12m in production costs. It currently spends £20m in these areas. The new licence will begin on 1 January 2015.
Ofcom believes an increase in content output by the UK nations would benefit viewers by expanding the range of production centres and may help better reflect different communities and cultures in the UK.
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