London’s CTVC has won the competitive tender to produce Songs of Praise.
It will replace Afanti and Manchester’s Nine Lives, which have produced the series for the last 5 years and had agreed to bring their partnership to an end.
“CTVC is incredibly proud to be inheriting this prestigious, much loved, BBC flagship religious series. Songs of Praise is a British Institution with a wide and loyal audience, and we are excited to be guiding it through its next evolution,” said Caroline Matthews, Chief Executive of CTVC.
The tender was launched in May last year and CTVC was chosen from a shortlist of 4 companies. The BBC said it scored the highest against the published criteria “across editorial proposal and capability, value for money, how it delivers against the BBC’s strategic priorities, and risk.”
“Songs of Praise is an essential part of our religion offer and I’m delighted that CTVC are bringing their passion, expertise and commitment to this much loved brand; I know it is in very safe hands and will continue to thrive in the years ahead,” said Daisy Scalchi, BBC Commissioning Editor.
“This was an extremely competitive bidding process and we would like to commend the shortlisted producers for the high quality and comprehensive bids they put forward. I’d also like to thank Afanti and Nine Lives for all they have done to ensure the ongoing success of the series over the last five years.”
The contract will run for 2 years, covering 51 episodes each year. It will continue to be presented by the show’s regular roster of presenters.