BBC & Channel 4 Reveal How Growth Of Netflix & Amazon In The UK Has Lead To Rising Production & Talent Costs

British broadcasters BBC and Channel 4 have revealed that the rise of Svod services including Netflix and Amazon has lead to rising production and talent costs in the UK television sector.

The rising cost of drama production has been laid out by both broadcasters in their submission to the House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry on Public Service Broadcasting In The Age Of Video-On-Demand.

C4 highlighted the fact that the average budget for its drama has risen by over 100% in the last few years from £725,000 per hour in 2013 to £1.5M in 2017. “This is particularly driven by an increase in costs of production crew, as a result of increased demand and high tariffs from other content producers,” it noted in its submission.

The broadcaster added that it responded to these increased costs by co-producing with international operators, including with the likes of Netflix. However, it added, “We do not believe it
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