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 99, some of which are featured in BBC Radio's highlights of the week, from Somethin’ Else 20, Folded Wing 9, Wise Buddah 9, Distorted productions 8, Unique 6, We Are Grape 5, The Noisehouse 4, Whistledown 4, Reduced Listening 3, Smooth Operations 2, Sparklab productions 3, Wire Free 2, Art & Adventure, Audio Always, Boom Cymru, Foldback Media, Loftus Media, TBI Media, Atlantic Public Media, TDC, Just Radio, Heavy, Falling Tree, Talkback, Open Audio, A Certain Height, Cwmni Pontgam, Hat Trick, Big Finish, Pozzitive, Dabster, Foghorn, CPL, CTVC, USP and Pier Productions
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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
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)
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
Radio Academy discount announced
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The Future of RIGtrain
It’s an exciting time for RIGtrain! We’ve just worked out that almost a thousand people have been on our courses and masterclasses. So, we’ve decided to celebrate the landmark by offering a bottle of champagne to our 1000th learner! (Hint: To be in with a chance, you’ll probably have to come to our next masterclass on Thursday May 26th - details posted here in the next few days.)
As many of you may know, RIGtrain has been supported over the last 18 months by our friends at Creative Skillset, the industry skills body for the Creative Industries. However, because of the current Government’s focus on apprenticeships rather than continuous professional development, their support has now come to an end.
This means that there’ll be a slight change of emphasis in what we’re doing. RIG itself will be supporting our monthly masterclasses at 01 zero-one in Soho, as well as the Leadership Forum (for those running Indie companies).
We’re hoping to roll out a new season of courses very soon, focussing on core skills. They will be largely single-trainer offerings, but with an emphasis on finding trainers with real radio skills and industry insight.
RIGtrain is a non-profit organisation, and we’re committed to keeping the cost of these courses as reasonable as possible, so you can expect to pay no more than £120- £150 a day. For top flight professional training, it’s great value.
We’ll be asking for a cover charge of £5 a head for masterclasses in future, but again that’s still a very good deal, and it includes a glass of wine and finger buffet.
I hope to see you at one of our forthcoming events.
David Prest, coordinator of RIGtrain
RIG Welcomes White Paper on the BBC Charter
60% of BBC radio hours to be opened up to competition from indies
The Government has announced in its BBC Charter Review White Paper that the BBC will be required to make 60% of eligible radio hours open to competition, in line with the Compete or Compare proposals that RIG has worked on with the BBC.
This will be an explicit requirement in the new Charter, and will obviously means a huge increase in the number of opportunities for independent radio producers to bid for BBC commissions.
RIG obviously greatly welcomes this.
Elsewhere there were headline statements on the BBC’s requirements in the nations and regions, but no specific proposals for radio, so we will be continuing to lobby on that point.
Overall though this represents a major step forward for our industry and we will be working hard from tomorrow to see the 60% become a reality in as short a time scale as possible.
Links with BBC Academy
We're delighted to report that the BBC Academy has just published a podcast ‘Radio producers: Winning that the freelance game’ in which two producers Kellie Redmond and Matt Hill vouch for our RIGtrain events and courses being good things for up-and-coming radio producers to get involved in.
The podcast can be found here and an accompanying one, which looks at the industry of podcasting, can be found here.
The Academy describes itself as putting "training and skills at the heart of the BBC and the industry to help meet the challenges of an ever-changing media world. The Academy focuses on providing a portfolio of high-quality training and development for the industry." You can find more about the BBC Academy here.