TV & Film Official data

  • The government's official data treats TV, film, radio and photography as a single category for the purpose of statistics.
  • According to the above classification, the Gross Value Added (GVA) of the category was provisionally estimated at £20.8bn in 2018, the most recently available data. This represented an increase of 1.5 per cent from 2017, and a 37 per cent rise since 2010.
  • It was also calculated that the UK exported £7.36bn of services from the TV, film, radio and photography category in 2018. The leading trade association, Pact, also produces separate figures for TV exports.
  • Government statisticians also estimated there were 245,000 jobs in the TV, film, radio and photography sector in 2018. The highest numbers were concentrated in London, the South East, the North West and Scotland.
  • Between 2011 and 2018, there was a 16.5 per cent rise in the number of UK jobs in this category. 
Sources: DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates, DCMS, February 2020; DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates - Employment, 2019; DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates - Trade, February 2020.