Magazine article Screen International

BBC Boss: British Content 'Under Threat' from Netflix and Amazon

Magazine article Screen International

BBC Boss: British Content 'Under Threat' from Netflix and Amazon

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Report suggests spend on British programming could fall in real terms by £500m in the next 10 years.

‘The Crown’

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 (reports Broadcast).

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.

In a speech in Liverpool today, director general Tony Hall said that Netflix and Amazon’s growing revenues have not translated into increased investment in British content, with Left Bank Pictures’ The Crown one of a “handful” of major programmes made about the UK.

Hall predicted that the SVoD services will focus increasingly “on a narrow range of very expensive, very high-end content” with international appeal for global audiences, rather than UK-specific shows.

“Even the most generous calculations suggest they are barely likely to make up half of the £500 million British content gap over the decade ahead,” he said. “And a more realistic forecast points to substantially less.”

The report, which was compiled by consultants Mediatique, also noted that the industry cannot rely on international co-productions to deliver UK-specific programming in the future. …

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