The BBC is opening up the tender process for a public relations agency to handle its TV licensing communications for the North of England.

In February it was revealed that this region was the only one not to have an agency appointed to support its PR and instead interim solution has been in place.

The contract term is 2 years, although it can be extended up to a maximum of 4 years.

“PR plays an important role in supporting the wider work of TV Licensing by communicating when a licence is needed and ways to pay. We run an extensive community relations campaign working with a range of organisations, including those working with people in financial difficulties,” said Sian Healey, TV Licensing head of policy and communications.

The BBC said that the successful agency would:

“… offer excellent value for money in delivering a strategic programme of TV Licensing communications under the direction of the BBC, via the press, stakeholders and social media at a specialist, regional level.”

The procurement process will be completed by March 2014, with the contract commencing the following month.

You can apply via the OJEC website.