Radio indies welcome independent review’s call for greater BBC radio indie commissioning

 

27 MARCH 2015

 

Independent radio production companies today welcomed the report from the independent review of the creative industries, carried out for the Labour Party by John Woodward.

 

One of the measures the report proposed was an increase in BBC radio commissioning of indies.

 

Currently indies can only compete for a maximum of 20% of hours from the BBC.

 

This is because there is a 10% quota and 10% Window of Creative Competition (WoCC).

 

In the WoCC, indies compete with BBC’s in-house producers to win commissions and the indies have won between 75% and 80% in the first two full years of operation.

 

This effectively means BBC in-house producers have an 80% output guarantee stifling competition and creativity.

 

The report has therefore recommended this be taken much further and that there should be a 25% quota and 25% WoCC for BBC radio commissioning, as currently exists in BBC TV commissioning.

 

Will Jackson, Managing Director of the sector trade body, the Radio Independents Group, commented:

 

“We’re pleased the review has realised that it is important to have greater competition for ideas at the BBC, as well as creating enough critical mass in the indie radio sector to give more people the confidence to set up their own firms and enter the market.”

 

“If introduced these measures would provide a major boost to the UK’s overall creatively in audio production, allowing creative companies all around the UK to expand its work developing new ideas and formats, as well as audio production training”.

 

“All of this will ultimately mean more value extracted from the licence fee, and more creativity for the licence fee payer.”

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