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London's production sector is putting renewed pressure on the BBC over the favoured status of Red Bee Media by calling on the National Audit Office to investigate whether the arrangement is a waste of licence-payers' money.
The moves, led by the Advertising Producers Association, are the latest in a protracted dispute involving Red Bee, previously the BBC's in-house production facility but now owned by the Australian bank Macquarie.
The APA says Red Bee's contract to produce BBC promotions is anti-competitive and its practice of 'borrowing' talent from production companies is no longer appropriate. It claims 90 per cent of its members are now unwilling to lend …