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RIG and Diversity

RIG supports 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

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Indies on Air this week

Indie programmes are on the radio at home and abroad throughout this week, including these 102, some of which are featured in BBC Radio's highlights of the week from

Somethin’ Else 20, This Is Distorted 10, Folded Wing 9, Wise Buddah 9, 7digital 8, TBI Media 8, We Are Grape 5, Whistledown 5, The Noisehouse 4, Reduced Listening 4, Ping Productions 3, Pozzitive TV 3, Audio Always 2, Ora et Labora 2, Big Finish Productions, Blakeway Productions, Curtains for Radio, Falling Tree, Goldhawk Productions, Howlett Media Productions, Loftus Media, Pier Productions, Sparklab, Ten Alps and Wire Free 

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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 or to join the RIGtrain mailing list email


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Commercial Radio consultation

The DCMS has been consulting on regulating local and national commercial radio, in some cases proposing a lighter-touch approach. RIG has suggested provisions to encourage commercial radio to work more with indies, in terms of a wider range of PSB content being required rather than just a pure focus on news.  The full RIG response can be downloaded from our Policy Papers page.


RIG launches Diversity Training Scheme

The Radio Independents Group (RIG) is committed to encouraging a diverse workforce in the independent radio production sector and to ensuring that radio in the UK reflects the full diversity of the population, in its programmes and in the people who make them.   

As part of this commitment, RIGtrain is launching a development scheme for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups and those who are disabled.    The diversity scheme is being run by Training Specialists Quattrain in association with RIG companies.     It is backed by Creative Skillset England and is designed to encourage those who want to improve their audio skills and support those wishing to develop their careers in radio. 

The Scheme is in two parts - please follow the links for full details:

Diversity Mentoring

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NARM 2017

The 23rd Nations and Regions Media Conference, supported by Channel 4 Nations and Regions, will take place from 6pm on Tuesday 28 March, with keynote speaker and networking, followed by the full day Conference on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

RIG is pleased to support this event and urges all members to attend.  The organisers describe it as follows:
"This year’s conference is themed Working Futures: Our Brilliant Careers and celebrates excellence in the current climate of creative opportunity that exists across the UK. We’ll discuss the incredible success of UK-wide British drama today, find out what makes a big returning factual hit, ask what the government’s proposed industrial strategy might mean for us all, tap into Children’s programming, assess the impact of BBC Studios and debate how the recent explosion of online content is rocking our world in more ways than one.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley, Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass, and Ofcom chief executive Sharon White will all address the conference as keynote speakers. Sharon White will be speaking about the future of broadcasting regulation across the UK, with a focus on the BBC as Ofcom prepares to take over regulating the broadcaster just days after the conference, on April 3rd.
Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark, ITV head of factual entertainment Sue Murphy, Happy Valley supremo and RED Production founder Nicola Shindler, broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli and Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC, all join the line-up to provide an outstanding and diverse list of speakers and panellists with many more to be announced.
The BBC’s new Director of Radio, Bob Shennan, leads the radio content. He’ll be sharing his vision of BBC Radio in the 21st Century as he takes part in a keynote Q&A with 5 Live’s Rachel Burden. The Archers editor Huw Kennair-Jones will take part in a session about the recent success of the BBC’s long running radio soap. He’ll be joined by Jessica Dromgoole, who will explain how Radio 4’s epic four-year long World War One drama Home Front is produced.
Steve Titherington, senior Commissioning Editor at the BBC World Service will talk about fresh approaches to programme making, while comedy from Wales is celebrated as we meet the stars of the hit Radio Wales comedy The Unexplainers.
Exciting radio sessions, a brand new Production Showcase and bookable Meet the Commissioners slots make this a great chance for people working outside London to connect – and for anyone London-based to explore opportunities and trends across the UK.
Follow @Salford_Media on Twitter for all of the latest programme announcements."
£90 Early Bird rate, rising to £120 from Friday 10 March 2017
Ticket includes:
Tuesday 28 March, 18.00: Evening drinks and networking reception with welcome address and keynote speaker.
Wednesday 29 March, 09.00 – 17.00: Full day, with refreshments and lunch included in the ticket price.

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RIG calls for public contestable content fund to include bids for radio production

RIG has submitted a paper to the DCMS consultation on a contestable public service content fund. 
It was originally proposed that the fund should be for TV, however RIG is arguing that radio should also be included, as it will –provide great value for money and mean the fund reaches a wider range of audiences.
RIG Managing Director Will Jackson says:
 “Audio indies from around the UK are keen to apply their excellent track record of producing award-winning public service content to work more with commercial radio. Indies have been developing new relationships with a range of players, and including radio in the contestable fund can help build an appetite for more PSB in the commercial sector and elsewhere. Together we can innovate and take more risks on content for underserved genres, for the benefit of the UK audience.”
Radio bids would be made in partnership with distributors such as commercial radio, and Radiocentre has joined with RIG in arguing for the fund to be extended to radio.

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)

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.

 Please click here for the full FAQs, on this website, or click here to download the FAQs as a pdf 




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