RIG welcomes Committee Report and calls for greater competition in radio commissioning 

The Radio Independents Group, the trade body for independent radio production companies, today commented on the publication of the report by the Culture Media & Sport Committee on the Future of the BBC. 

Will Jackson, RIG Managing Director, said: 

“The committee has taken a balanced and informed view in many areas. We welcome such aspects as: general support for competition in programme making; support for a continuation of the Licence Fee, including its possible use for wider industry training; and greater transparency including in-house production costs.” 

“We also welcome the committee’s statement that the BBC ‘must develop a more equitable commissioning and business strategy that fosters cultural variety and spreads its activity, as far as possible, across the country’. To achieve this the BBC needs to introduce much more competition for ideas in radio so that audio indies, large and small, around the UK have a greater chance to compete to make radio programmes”. 

*** For press enquiries please contact Tim Wilson, RIG media and policy adviser, on 07909 560 374 or tim at twcentral.co.uk 

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