The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) has confirmed that it wants production companies and their post production partners to take responsibility for QC checks.

As tipped in Broadcast last year, the DPP wants to move away from the current system of broadcasters taking charge of the QC process.

Speaking at a UK Screen Association QC and workflow automation event last week, DPP technical standards lead and chief technology officer broadcast and distribution at Channel 4 Kevin Burrows (pictured) said the DPP’s aim is for broadcasters to only perform spot checks to ensure programmes are correct and complete.

Burrows said it would make sense for the change in process to occur at around the same time that ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC move to the file-based delivery of programmes in October next year.

Commenting on the announcement, UK Screen technology working group chair Neil Hatton said: “It’s now quite clear that QC is going to be moving back in [post’s] direction and will happen before the point of delivery.

“Production companies will be responsible, but by proxy post firms will be doing that on their behalf so it is very important to get QC right, particularly as broadcasters move towards a model of spot checking rather than full QC.”