Belfast Telegraph

BBC One drama output over past year lowest so far this decade

Data on the BBC’s programming has been revealed in addition to the corporation’s star salaries.

The amount of drama shown on BBC One in 2016/17 was the lowest so far this decade, the latest BBC annual report reveals.

A total of 541 hours of drama were broadcast on BBC1 during the year.

This was down from 576 hours in 2015/16, and a drop of a third on the 808 hours shown in 2010/11.

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The BBC’s Our Girl (BBC/Steve Brown)

The amount of films on BBC One was also the lowest since the start of the decade.

Some 290 hours of film were broadcast during the year, down from 359 in 2015/16 and a fall of 40% on 2010/11.

The annual report also shows that just 61 hours of music and arts programmes were shown on BBC One across 2016/17.

This was an increase on 2015/16, however, and was the highest figure for any year since 2012/13.

Other types of programme to show a rise were current affairs (209 hours, up from 184 in 2015/16) and sport (824 hours, up from 604).

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BBC News (Jeff Overs/BBC)

But religious programmes recorded a fall (88 hours, down from 92), as did factual shows (2,188 hours, down from 2,264).

News and weather bulletins were responsible for the greatest volume of television in 2016/17: a total of 3,313 hours, down slightly on 3,385 in 2016/17 but up 37% on the start of the decade.

On BBC Two, factual programmes accounted for the greatest volume during the year, providing 3,374 hours of television for the channel.

This represents a huge jump of 89% on the 1,786 hours shown in 2010/11.

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