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 94, some of which are featured in BBC Radio's highlights of the week from
Somethin’ Else 20, TBI Media 10, This Is Distorted 10, Folded Wing 9, Wise Buddah 9, 7digital 6, We Are Grape 5, The Noisehouse 4, Whistledown 4, Ping Productions 3, Reduced Listening 3, Ora et Labora 2, Blakeway Productions, Catherine Bailey Productions, Falling Tree, Loftus Media, Open Audio/Tuning Fork, Pier Productions, Sparklab Productions, WBBC 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 is pleased to support this event and urges all members to attend. The organisers describe it as follows:
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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 calls for public contestable content fund to include bids for radio production
RIG at WMF event on Public Service Broadcasting
RIG Chair Phil Critchlow addresses the Westminster Media Forum event
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.
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."