A new survey of the UK television production sector has shown that just a third of primary commissions are made outside of London.

The North West and Scotland account for the majority of the investment away from the capital.

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Pact calls on Channel 4 to increase out of London spending to 50%

Channel 4, which is under pressure to relocate, spent 60% of its primary commission budget on productions based outside of its London base, while for ITV and the BBC, that number was a third.

3% of the total UK production spend went to Yorkshire, with 12% going to the North West.

The figures come from Pact’s UK Television Production Survey, by Oliver & Ohlbaum.

They do show that over overall revenues have increased, this is mainly through international commissions – Netflix investing in The Crown, The War Machine and Black Mirror; as well as international sales of Sherlock, Downtown Abbey and Midsummer Murders.

However, domestically income was marginally down at just over £2.5bn.

There was good news for smaller indies, with the BBC allocating 38% of its commissioning budget spend on those with a turnover of less than £10m. For Channel 4 it was 22% – down from 33% last year. ITV, which commissions The Voice and The X Factor spent 57% of its budget with producers which had a turnover of more than £70m.