RIG and Diversity
RIG supports a broad approach to the definition of diversity, to include age, social class and location within the UK, as well as other important elements such as gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and disability.
RIG is pleased to work with the BBC on the implementation of its Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. Find out more about the BBC's strategy by clicking here
RIG members on twitter
Take a peek at the amazing level of activity from RIG members on this twitter list
Indies on Air this week
Indie programmes are on the radio at home and abroad throughout this week, including these 103, some of which are featured in BBC Radio's highlights of the week from
Somethin’ Else 21, TBI Media 11, This Is Distorted 10, Folded Wing 9, Wise Buddah 8, 7digital 6, We Are Grape 5, Whistledown 5, Ping Productions 4, Reduced Listening 4, The Noisehouse 4, Brill Productions 2, Ora et Labora 2, Audio Always, Goldhawk Productions, Hat Trick Productions, IMG Media, Little Brother Productions, Loftus Media, Manchester Digital Media, Pier Productions, Pozzitive TV, Sparklab, The Corporation for Independent Media and Wire Free
Click here for more details
RIG Skills Training
RIGtrain is a wide ranging programme of inexpensive specialist training courses and free masterclasses for adults working in Radio and Audio in England*. It is an initiative of RIG, originally supported by Creative Skillset and partly by HM Government with 'Employer Ownership' grant-aid, now self-funding. More details at www.rigtrain.co.uk or to join the RIGtrain mailing list email firstname.lastname@example.org
RIG calls for public contestable content fund to include bids for radio production
FAQs on BBC Charter Review and 'Compete or Compare' in Radio.
The new BBC Charter, now in operation, is accompanied by a Framework Agreement which contains detail on the BBC’s responsibilities.
On radio production, the new Agreement contains the requirements that the BBC must make a minimum 60% of ‘relevant’ hours (i.e. non-news and news-related current affairs, repeats etc.) open to competition from both in-house and indie producers.
This recognises the independent sector’s passion for, and commitment to, ensuring that BBC radio is strong and fit for the future. At the heart of RIG’s campaign on Charter Review was support for the BBC, its independence and public service remit.
There has been a certain amount of uncertainty about what this means and we are therefore providing a Q & A in response. In particular RIG is seeking to make clear that these proposals are fair and do not represent ‘privatisation’, ‘outsourcing’ or a threat to the high quality of BBC Radio, indeed we argue they will help to increase the range and diversity of the content available on those services.
The Audio Production Awards - winners announced
We are delighted to announce the winners for the 2016 Audio Production Awards, sponsored by Audible. They are listed in full on the website at www.audioproductionawards.co.uk.
THE WINNERS IN BRIEF
Stephen Fry was honoured with the Gold award, saying “audio is his life” whilst retired BBC Radio 2 presenter Desmond Carrington was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. Whistledown Productions took home the top Indie of the Year award, and James Shield, a freelance, won TWO awards.
BEST COMEDY/ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER: Gus Beattie (The Comedy Unit)
BEST DRAMA PRODUCER: Boz Temple-Morris (Holy Mountain)
BEST MUSIC PRODUCER: Alannah Chance (Reduced Listening)
NEW VOICE AWARD: Jacob Pollard (Roundhouse Radio)
BEST NEWCOMER: James Shield (Freelance)
BEST NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARY/FEATURE MAKER: Christian Spooner (BBC Radio Merseyside)
BEST DOCUMENTARY/FEATURE MAKER: Hana Walker-Brown (Freelance)
BEST SOUND DESIGNER/ENGINEER: Steve Urquhart (Freelance)
BEST STATION SOUND PRODUCER: Chris Ward (Bauer Media)
BEST PODCAST/ ONLINE PRODUCER: James Shield (Freelance)
BEST MULTI-MEDIA PRODUCER: Kate Valentine (Digital Drama)
GRASSROOTS PRODUCTION AWARD: National Prison Radio
BEST READINGS/ AUDIOBOOK PRODUCER; David Roper (Heavy Entertainment)
NARRATOR OF THE YEAR: Daniel Weyman
BEST PRESENTER – SPEECH: Fi Glover (BBC Radio 4)
BEST PRESENTER – MUSIC: Cerys Matthews (BBC Radio 6 Music)
GOLD AWARD: Stephen Fry
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Desmond Carrington (BBC Radio 2)
INDIE OF THE YEAR: Whistledown Productions
BBC announces joint working group with RIG re indie production in nations and regions
"I am really passionate about supporting Independent producers and it is clear there is a strong desire on their part to work with the BBC. This new working group will help create more opportunities for this to happen in the future."
Helen Boaden, Director, BBC Radio and BBC England
The BBC has announced today that it has agreed to set up a working group to look at how BBC Radio can work better with independent producers out of London. The announcement was made during the annual Nations & Regions Media Conference taking place at the Lowry in Salford.
For full details please see the press release on the BBC website.