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The British Broadcast Corporation (BBC) is the leading public service broadcaster for the UK across radio, television and digital platforms such as iPlayer and BBC Sounds. The BBC has committed £25m in commissioning spend for productions across North East England and opened a Tech Hub in Newcastle in 2021.

Public service broadcaster, the BBC, has been informing, educating, and entertaining audiences in the UK and overseas since it was founded in 1922. The corporation is trusted around the world for its commitment to impartiality and quality journalism.

In 2021, the BBC announced its biggest investment in North East of England for decades, committing £25 million to fund network TV production, talent development and support for the creative industries over a five-year period. As part of this, the BBC has appointed a dedicated commissioner based in the North East to seek out talent, bringing productions back to the region and subsequently providing employment opportunities in the creative sector for those living here.

The new investment also includes the creation of a new tech hub in Newcastle, leveraging the city’s significant digital talent and skills to work on the technology that underpins key platforms including BBC Sounds and iPlayer. So far, the tech hub has created around 70 jobs for local residents.

The BBC’s investment has coincided with a commitment from all 12 local authorities of the North East to invest in the creative and cultural industries through the North East Screen Industries Partnership (NESIP).

NESIP will jointly invest £11.4m over a five-year period to deliver a new Screen Industries Development Programme maximising opportunities for significant growth within the screen industries sector and developing a thriving and sustainable ecosystem.

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