How many unsolicited MS through Writers Room get selected and bought?

Ian Richardson made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

In response to much recent conversation on writers' groups online, including the widespread conviction that fiction qorks in the form of short stories and scripts (across all departments) are only accepted if the author has inside personal contacts, I request the following information:

The information should cover the last 3 years and should be broken down (a) annually and (b) by according to to how many are Drama, Comedy and Short Story, and (c) by Radio and TV

Should this classification scheme of Drama and Comedy in (b), currently showing on Writers Room, not reflect current categories, please use the categories used for submission windows.

1. How many unsolicited MS were sent to the BBC through the Writers Room open submission?
2. How many were purchased or optioned?
3. How many made it through to production and broadcast?

Essentially what I am trying to establish is just how many, if any, unsolicited manuscripts coming via Open Submissions the BBC actually accept and produce - as opposed to how many are commissioned or invited by BBC employees.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Richardson

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Ian,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 17th August 2018. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20181594.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

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Dear Mr Richardson,


Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20181594.


Yours sincerely,


Information Rights


BBC Freedom of Information

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