RIG Skills Nights
From pitching ideas to handling presenters, interview skills to content-selling, RIG organises regular events focussing on skills for those in the Independent Radio sector. These are free to RIG members and their staff as well as freelance staff working within the radio indie sector. If you’d like to be put on the mailing list then contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Indies on Air this week
Indie programmes are on the radio at home and abroad throughout this week, including these 92; some of which are featured in BBC Radio's highlights of the week, from Somethin’ Else (28), Wise Buddah (9), TBI (8), The Noisehouse (6), Unique (5), We Are Grape (5), Whistledown (4), Wise Buddah/3Street Media (4), Folded Wing (3), Smooth Operations (3), Falling Tree Productions (2), Loftus Media (2), Big Fish Productions, Blakeway Productions, Classic Arts, Foldback Media, Gimme Sugar, Howlett Media Productions, Ora et Labora, Pennine Productions, Pier Productions, Pozzitive TV, Testbed Productions, USP andWire Free
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2014 Radio Production Awards now Live and Open for Entries!
THE LEADING AWARDS IN RADIO PRODUCTION
2014 AWARDS CATEGORIES REVEALED
CEREMONY TAKES PLACE ON TUESDAY 25th NOVEMBER AT
THE HIPPODROME CASINO IN LEICESTER SQUARE
The Radio Independents Group (RIG) and The Radio Academy are pleased to announce that entries for the Radio Production Awards 2014 are now open. For more information or to enter click here.
The Radio Production Awards return for 2014, recognising the work of UK-based radio and audio producers and honouring the achievements of individuals who have demonstrated excellence in radio production. Winners are production individuals, not programmes, radio stations, presenters or production companies. It’s an opportunity for the industry to celebrate and recognise the shining stars behind the scenes in UK radio.
RADIO PRODUCTION AWARDS 2014 CATEGORIES:
BEST DOCUMENTARY/FEATURE MAKER
BEST NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARY/FEATURE MAKER
BEST COMEDY/ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER
BEST MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER
BEST LIVE MUSIC PRODUCER/ENGINEER
BEST PODCAST/ ONLINE PRODUCER
BEST MULTI-PLATFORM CREATOR
BEST DRAMA/READINGS PRODUCER
BEST SOUND DESIGNER
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
INDIE OF THE YEAR
PRODUCTION HERO AWARD
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RIG Comment on BBC Annual Report 2014
Press Release: strong BBC WoCC figures make case for more competition
Less than two weeks after BBC DG Tony Hall raised the question of opening up radio to more competition, the UK independent radio production sector celebrated the fact that it has again won the large majority of those BBC Radio commissions which are competed for by both indies and in‐house production teams.
The BBC Radio Window of Creative Competition (or WoCC) was introduced around two years ago, and accounts for a minimum 10% of overall BBC Radio eligible hours (‘eligible’ being hours that are not news, some sport and repeats).
Just as in the first year, independent producers dominated the WoCC in 2013‐14. Indies won three‐quarters of the available 12 per cent of overall eligible hours, with BBC in‐house winning only a quarter.
Together with the hours awarded via the BBC’s voluntary independent radio production quota, indie hours went up from 20% to 22% of overall eligible BBC Radio hours.
Despite this, the great majority of programme hours remain ring‐fenced for BBC departments only.
RIG MD Will Jackson said:
“The WoCC is creating competition both between indies, and between indies and BBC in‐ house teams. Along with indies’ continued above‐par success in domestic and international awards, these WoCC figures show that the sector has the creativity, diversity and capacity to contribute more to the BBC’s radio services.”
“But these figures show that the WoCC remains a very small part of overall BBC Radio commissioning. Lord Hall recently asked if there should be more competition in radio production. As BBC TV commissioning looks to be taking its own big next step in term of competition, these figures show that the radio commissioning system can also be significantly expanded to allow much more competition for ideas in BBC radio services.”
RIG's Response to Tony Hall speech on competition for BBC programmes
Independent radio production companies today responded to the speech given by BBC DG Tony Hall, in which he proposed wide-ranging changes in TV commissioning, removing quotas and allowing BBC Production to compete to make programmes for other networks.
Radio Independents Group Chair Phil Critchlow said: “Tony Hall has today said: ‘competition should go beyond television production, can we extend competitive access for independent producers in radio, if that will mean broader choice and better ideas?’ - The independent radio sector’s answer is empathically ‘yes’”.
“Indie radio producers based across the UK have a proven track record creatively, and are more than ready to contribute world class ideas, with the competitively priced resources needed to deliver them.”
“Regardless of the state of the overall radio market, as far as the BBC is concerned more creative competition from both external suppliers, as well as a healthy in house production base, will be a creatively powerful, and cost effective approach to bringing the widest possible range of stories, ideas, perspectives and talent to the Licence Fee Payer.”
Note: Tony Hall’s full speech can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/speeches/2014/dg-city-university