Pact responds to political and regulatory reviews on behalf of our members, including Ofcom consultations on the BBC’s commercial and trading activities and commissioning, the regional TV production and programming guidance and criteria, BritBox materiality assessment, and the BBC’s consultations on the iPlayer and the future of the over-75s licence fee concession.
Through different working groups, we work with members to get their input into our responses to consultations that affect the production industry.
We also work with parliamentarians to improve the regulatory environment for producers. In April 2017, we successfully amended the Digital Economy Act in the House of Lords with the help of Baroness Benjamin to give Ofcom the power to increase the quota of children’s TV broadcast on public service broadcasters. We also regularly submit evidence to inquiries from the Lords Communications Committee, International Trade Committee, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee and other inquiries where relevant.
We worked with the Creative Industries Council on a landmark sector deal for the Creative Industries as part of the Government’s wider Industrial Strategy. In March 2018, the sector deal was launched and it was announced that £150 million will be invested into the industry. The deal outlined a number of key initiatives including; a new industry led Trade and Investment Board, which includes Pact’s Director of Business Development and Global, Dawn McCarthy-Simpson, and representatives from across the sector, a new £20 million Cultural Development Fund, an industry-led creative careers programme, and further joint action on protecting copyright content and tackling online infringement.
In December 2017, the CIC also published a report to advise the government in the Brexit negotiations. This report along with the sector deal will help future proof the wider sector including TV and Film industry.Creative Industries Council - Brexit negotiations report
Our Policy Work
The introduction of negotiated Terms of Trade in 2003 was a watershed moment for the UK content industries, allowing independent producers to transition from being a relatively small part of the UK commissioning market to building international businesses that – in many cases – are now global leaders in their field.
The Terms of Trade are a framework of principles which govern the way the public service broadcasters do business with independent production companies. The regulations have been an unparalleled success. Independent production companies deliver some of Britain's best loved shows and because the framework is light touch, it has constantly adapted to new technologies and changes in the way people watch TV.
Pact champions the Terms of Trade and the benefits they bring to our industry, the UK economy, and Pact members. We have had over 15 years of continued success thanks to the Terms of Trade and we aim to keep this growing and flourishing in the future.
In 2016, Pact carried out a successful wide ranging political and press campaign to convince Ofcom and the Secretary of State that the Terms of Trade remain fit for purpose and that any kind of change would jeopardise the success of the sector.
We have been providing Pact members with information and issuing briefing documents to help them keep on top of the latest Government and industry guidance since the crisis began. All industry-related guidance documents can be found in the COVID-19 section here.