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Independent Producers
Independent producers

There are around 151,000 people working in broadcasting in the UK, of whom a little less than 10 per cent (13,300) work in over 1,000 independent production companies. Some of these companies are quite large, for example Hit Entertainment, with about 400 employees, though most are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and employ 10–40 people (from Under the terms of the Broadcasting Act (1990) and now the Communication Act 2003, British broadcasters are required to meet a quota of outputs sourced from independent and European producers. Margaret Thatcher stated explicitly that this was intended to weaken ‘the monopolistic grip of the broadcasting establishment’ (1993: 53). Like so many of Thatcher's policies, the Blair Government has since backed the quota system, on the ...

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