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 88, some of which are featured in BBC Radio's highlights of the week, from Somethin’ Else 23, Folded Wing 9, This Is Distorted 8, Wise Buddah 8, Unique 6, We Are Grape 5, The Noisehouse 4, Whistledown 4, Reduced Listening 3, Smooth Operations 2, Sparklab Productions 2, Wire Free 2, Audio Always, Big Finish Productions, Bite Media, Boom Cymru, Falling Tree, Foldback Media, Loftus Media, Ora et Labora, Radio Association, Random Entertainment, TBI Media and USP
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 welcomes new BBC Director of Radio
Our Chair, Phil Critchlow, has welcomed the announcement of Bob Shennan (right) as the new BBC Director of Radio, saying
"Bob brings huge experience and understanding of Radio to this critical role, from news, sport, and speech in general to the highest quality music of all kinds. He’s always been extremely open to innovation and fresh thought in all of his previous roles, which will be critical to the success of radio as a whole moving forwards. He’s also shown real vision and support where integrating external supply into the BBC is concerned, and we very much look forward to continuing to work with him in his new position."
Indie successes at the ARIAs
So congratulations to:
TBI Media - 'Audio Moment of the Year' for "The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away", for BBC Radio 4
Folded Wing - Jamie Cullum as 'Music Broadcaster of the Year', for BBC Radio 2
The Audio Production Awards - judging is underway
We are pleased to announce the 2016 Audio Production Awards, building on previous years' RPAs, and now rebranded to reflect the changing audio landscape. After a huge amount of positive feedback last year, we’re excited to be building on that success with a move to the prestigious location of BFI Southbank which will allow us to accommodate more guests - up to 350 as compared to 200 last year.
We’re also delighted to welcome Audible on-board as our Lead Sponsor for 2016 following their generous sponsorship of the Gold Award and drinks reception last year. Details of the Gala Awards night will be publicised later, but for now we are happy to say that judging is underway with the shortlist due to be announced on Monday 24th October, when tickets will also go on sale for the presentation night. As last year there is a website dedicated to the awards, which you can find at www.audioproductionawards.co.uk. The award categories this year are:
- Best Documentary/Feature Maker
- Best News & Current Affairs Documentary/Feature Maker
- Best Comedy/Entertainment Producer
- Best Music Producer
- Best Sound Designer/Engineer
- Best Podcast/ Online Producer
- Best Multi-Media Producer
- Best Drama Producer
- Best Readings/ Audiobook Producer
- Best Newcomer
- Best Station Sound Producer
- Grassroots Production Award
- Narrator Of The Year
- Best Presenter - Speech *
- Best Presenter - Music *
- New Voice Award *
- Gold Award *
- Indie Of The Year
More indie successes at the 2016 'New Yorkers'
UK indie production companies celebrated another large haul of awards from the New York Festivals’ Radio Awards on 20th June.
There were 39 awards made to UK indies, including two Grand Awards, as well as an additional 11 finalists’ certificates. Chief among UK successes was TBI Media, which won ‘Production Company of the Year’ for the fourth year running. Battle of Britain at 75, made by TBI Media with Snappin’ Turtle Productions won the Grand Award for Best Special Event - Entertainment, plus another five Gold Awards. Elsewhere Snappin’ Turtle Productions won five separate awards for its documentary ISIS: Young, British and Radicalised, and Digital Drama’s crowd-funded audio drama Noel Coward’s Peace in Our Time won a Gold award. Wise Buddah Jingles won a craft award for Best Sound for a portfolio of work for the BBC and commercial radio.
Overall 22 different UK indie companies featured in the awards, a third of which are based outside London. Oxford’s Overtone Productions won awards for three separate programmes, and Glasgow’s Document Media won a Gold award for The Story of the Byrds. Athena Media, based in Salford and Dublin, won a Grand Award and a Gold for The Kinder Letters, and a second Gold for the music series Vocal Chords, as well as being a finalist with the documentary Bright Sparks.
Will Jackson, Managing Director of UK indie trade body the Radio Independents Group, welcomed the awards: “UK indies’ success at the these prestigious awards is now a familiar story, but far from being complacent this shows how the sector is constantly striving to produce ever-better programming to ever-better standards. I’m really pleased to see companies outside London well represented, and this bodes well for radio listeners once more BBC hours are opened to competition from indies. These diverse voices are crucial in enabling the BBC to better represent the whole of the UK on its radio services.”
For the press release with the full list of UK indie winners please click this link (or right-click to download)
Our AGM 2016
Tunde Ogungbesan, BBC Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Succession,
and Toby Mildon, Diversity Lead for Inclusion in Radio, address the meeting
Steve Carsey, Director of Original Programming at Audible
The papers for the meeting are in the 'Members Only' area of this website. Draft minutes will be available in due course.
RIG Chair at Radiocentre conference
RIG Chair Phil Critchlow addressed the Radiocentre's annual conference 'Tuning In' - see http://conference2016.radiocentre.org/ for more details
picture: Will Jackson