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 90, some of which are featured in BBC Radio's highlights of the week, from Somethin’ Else 22, Folded Wing 9, Wise Buddah 9, Distorted Productions 8, We Are Grape 5, The Noisehouse 4, Unique 4, Whistledown 4, Audio Always 3, Loftus Media 3, Reduced Listening 3, TBI Media 3, Wire Free 3, Smooth Operations 2, Boom Cymru, Cast Iron Radio, Foldback Media, Impatient Productions, Juniper Productions, Ora et Labora, Sparklab Productions and White Stiletto Productions
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
The Audio Production Awards are open for entries
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 entries are open, from today until midnight on Thursday the 29th September. 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
'Disruption' - the Radio Festival 2016
Remember that RIG members can get discount membership of the Radio Academy for £15 - and then save £50+VAT on a Radio Festival ticket!
DERMOT O’LEARY JOINS RADIO FESTIVAL LINE-UP AS MORE SPEAKERS UNVEILED
BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary will join the line-up at this year’s Radio Festival taking place at the British Library on September 26th and once again generously supported by headline sponsors PPL and PRS for Music. O’Leary, who hosts a weekly show every Saturday on Radio 2 from 3-6pm, will lead a special and moving tribute session to Sir Terry Wogan, celebrating the life of a true broadcasting legend.
“To say Terry was part of the fabric of Radio 2 doesn't even come close.” Said O’Leary. He added: “He was and remains the very foundations of Radio 2. Every broadcaster, producer, studio manager, security guard looked up to him, he was the head of the family and it's a huge honour for me to share some cherished memories with our colleagues at the Radio Festival this September”.
The Radio Festival also adds to its line-up Phil Critchlow, founder and CEO of TBI Media and Chairman of RIG (Radio Independents Group) for a session on the current creative economy in radio. Hosted by Radiocentre’s CEO Siobhan Kenny, the session will consider the benefits and challenges of more players delivering original content, which, with the BBC’s ‘Compete and Compare’ proposal opening up BBC Radio hours to indie competition, will see a reshaping of the creative and audio landscape.
Phil Critchlow commented: “We’re entering a genuinely brave new world, where everyone who’s passionate about creating audio based content will have significantly increased opportunity to propose ground breaking ideas. The next stage will be crucial though, as we work together as an industry to create a framework which then guarantees to deliver the best of those ideas to listeners.”
for full details of the Festival please click here
Terrific Ira Glass masterclass
Legendary producer of 'This American Life', Ira Glass, in conversation with Fi Glover, entertained some 200 RIG members, associates and guests from the BBC and across the radio and audio industry. Here are some highlights of the evening - all pictures © Dan Vo 2016
In conversation with Fi Glover
Presenting a special Award for services to global radio
Ira Glass in animated mood
Networking after the event
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