Ralph Lee

Production’s coming home: The challenges arising from TV's post-Covid boom

From left: Brandon Riegg, Ralph Lee, Lorraine Heggessey, Sanjay Singhal and Jane Turton (credit: Richard Kendal)

Demand was “greater than ever” but “there is a skills shortage”, costs were rising by at least 10% per year and there had been no increase in tariffs, was All3Media CEO Jane Turton’s sober assessment of the state of TV production in the UK. 

The big question for BBC Studios CEO of production Ralph Lee was whether the rising costs and wage bills were a long-term inflationary trend or a short-term effect of the pandemic and of “still [being] in the middle of trying to get the shows delivered”.