BBC Joins Netflix In Making $600,000 Donation To Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund

The BBC has pledged to make a £500,000 ($612,000) donation to the COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund set up by the BFI and the UK’s Film and TV Charity.

The BBC’s donation follows Netflix pledging £1M to the cause, which is aimed at providing short-term relief to active workers and freelancers who have been directly affected by the closure of productions across the UK.

The BBC has also committed a further £200,000 to the Film and TV Charity’s two-year mental health action plan, known as the Whole Picture Programme. The BBC said the majority of the total £700,000 donation will be provided by commercial arm, BBC Studios, with contributions from licence fee-funded commissioning teams.