BBC Secures Six-Year Deal for MasterChef


The BBC and the Banijay UK company Shine TV have entered into a new six-year deal for MasterChef that will see the production move from London to Birmingham.

As part of the BBC’s Across the UK plans, from 2024, all MasterChef series will be made at the brand-new Digbeth Loc. Studios complex in Birmingham. The MasterChef franchise includes BBC One’s MasterChef, MasterChef: The Professionals and Celebrity MasterChef and the recently announced Young MasterChef (w/t) for BBC Three.

Tim Davie, BBC’s director-general, said: “We said we would create jobs and investment, bringing decision-making and productions to the West Midlands as part of our Across the UK plans. Moving one of our biggest program brands shows we are making that a reality. This is great news for Birmingham and the BBC.”

Kate Phillips, director of BBC Entertainment, said: “MasterChef is one of the BBC’s biggest entertainment shows, and today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to the brand and the city of Birmingham. It’s an exciting new chapter, and its move to one of the U.K.’s youngest and most diverse cities will provide many opportunities in the area to support an already thriving production sector.”

Lucinda Hicks, CEO of Banijay UK, said: “We are delighted to be taking our incredible production to Birmingham. Not only is it one of the most creatively exciting and culinary diverse regions in the country, but it is also on the cusp of being a major TV production center again. Having a multi-series, returning show like MasterChef made in the Midlands will provide a multitude of local roles, training and development opportunities, which will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the TV industry of the future.”

Jon Swain, managing director at Shine TV, said: “MasterChef is a phenomenal brand which just goes from strength to strength—a testament to the production team led by David Ambler and Katie Attwood, who continue to create a series that is so loved by viewers. Birmingham is a fantastic city with a great food scene. Moving production to the heart of one of the country’s youngest and most diverse cities will allow us to further invigorate the programs and showcase even more exciting new culinary stars from every corner of the U.K.”

Steven Knight of Digbeth Loc. added: “I am genuinely thrilled that MasterChef is coming to Birmingham and honored that Shine TV has chosen to locate such an iconic production at Digbeth Loc. We will work hard to ensure that this internationally renowned TV institution instantly feels at home in our creative environment, and we look forward to welcoming many more blue-chip brands into our rapidly expanding media neighborhood.”

Andy Street, the mayor of the West Midlands, commented: “Working with the BBC’s director-general, Tim Davie, we have secured a significant new commitment to the region, which includes production of prime-time shows and relocation of BBC departments. Today’s announcement of this iconic international brand coming to the West Midlands is a real vote of confidence, and the first major step of this new renewed commitment to the region by the BBC. It is also a real statement of intent by the West Midlands as we begin to turbo-charge our creative sector, and one that will help drive opportunities and jobs for local talent.”

Ed Shedd, chair of Create Central, said: “The MasterChef family of programs coming to the West Midlands is wonderful news. Create Central’s new long-term partnership with the BBC is all about attracting high-profile productions and investment to the region. This is just the start of the BBC’s investment in the region, which generates a wider creative evolution, with the license fee acting as venture capital for our local creative economy.”