Director of BBC Northern Ireland Peter Johnston referred to the new initiative at the Celtic Media Festival in Derry last month, however it has not been confirmed until now.
RTÉ, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Scotland will officially collaborate to develop a joint commissioning initiative aimed at independent production companies. Production companies will be asked to submit proposals which reflect the cultural, geographical and historical connections between the three regions. The aim is to encourage creative ideas around story-telling, which will cater for audiences across the three areas.
The inner workings of the scheme are not yet finalised, however the new scheme may be seen as a step forward compared to current schemes such as IFB and BAI-funded initiatives which require applicants to have an Irish broadcaster attached to the project. The news is likely to be welcomed by independent filmmakers looking to distribute their work outside of their own region.
Further details will be announced by the three broadcasters in the coming weeks.