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UK Reality TV Drought: Freelancers Out Of Work, Struggling To Pay Bills & Moving Back Home

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The UK’s reality television drought has put nearly half of freelance unscripted producers out of work, according to a snap survey by trade union Bectu.

Amid a commissioning slowdown, Bectu polled 1,908 of its members and found 45% were out of work. A further 75% said they were struggling to make ends meet.

The findings support Bectu’s decision last week to declare an “emergency” in unscripted television due to an “unprecedented” lack of work.

Some 65% of those questioned by Bectu said the slowdown was “unusual or highly unusual,” while one in six people said they were unable to pay household bills.

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