RIG Events

RIG Events Ltd is a subsidiary of the Radio Independents Group (RIG).  It organises our major radio training programme RIGtrain, full details of which can be found on the dedicated RIGtrain website

This archive below lists all past events and other articles in this category, as they were published - so they may be written in present or future tense even if the events are now long past.  

The archive does not include past events that were staged under the RIGtrain banner - for those please go to the RIGtrain website.

It also does not include the Audio Production Awards (formerly Radio Production Awards), which also has its own website.


It was the hottest day of the year. Only deranged and desperate people would play cricket in these conditions. RIG’s 2014 team was boosted this year with youthful talent. The BBC XI had clearly been netting in preparation, and had recently taken on the might of music licencing giant PPL. RIG won the toss, and stuck the BBC in. The first few overs were a blur with Beeb runs scored to all areas. Graham Frost (ear-2-ear) and Harry Graham (Whistledown) manfully chased around the outfield and the indie bowlers stuck to their task in the face of an onslaught. Boz Temple-Morris (Holy Mountain) eventually found a worrying line, and Andrew Sewell (b7 media) hit by the yips, regained composure to complete his solitary over. I’m aware that all this technical talk may well go over a lot of people’s heads – just as the ball did in RIG’s first five overs ...


An audio recording of the RIG Event 'The Perfect Pitch' can be heard by clicking here

Held on the evening of Thursday 12th June, at the Devereux, 20 Devereux Court, London WC2R 3JJ

What lessons can radio producers learn about pitching from other creative industries?

A cross-industry panel of experts chaired by broadcaster and business woman Liz Barclay gave fresh perspectives on generating, developing and presenting ideas - and converting those ideas into commissions. Creatives who teach the art of the pitch and know a good pitch when they hear – or see – offered practical tips to avoid pitfalls, refresh your approach and perfect your technique, both on the page and in person. 

On the panel were pitch-coach to business & media Paul Boross, AKA The Pitch Doctor, Danuta Kean, the publishing analyst & books editor of Mslexia and Mark Clark, who spent 25 years in advertising before becoming a partner in the new business consultancy, JFDI.

Audio from the event can now be accessed on the members-only page: Audio for 'the Perfect Pitch'  *** Please note that due to unavoidable ambient noise this is listening quality rather than broadcast quality but we hope it will be of use to those who could not attend - or just want to re-visit some of the points made

The RIG Events sub-committee and BBC Radio Legal & Business Affairs staged a presentation and question-and-answer session on 22nd April to explain the new Terms of Trade for Radio, which give indies more scope to exploit programmes they make for the BBC, and gives the BBC more rights to fulfil their growing public service obligations.  The event was well supported and followed by informal networking over drinks and snacks, providing an opportunity for many indies to meet members of the L & B team for the first time.

Daniel Miller of the BBC kindly summarised the changes in a series of 12 slides which can be downloaded in powerpoint format here.

We will also be posting as soon as possible a short Guide in the form of 'FAQs' that arose out of the Q&A session.  It will be available here soon.

ddposter for 'Happy Hosts' event

On Wednesday 8th May 2013, RIG presented a panel discussion about three ways to monetise your audio and offers you the chance to quiz some of the key players

*Please note that since this event AudioGO has gone into liquidation *

Jan Paterson from AudioGO outlined their collaboration with RIG in marketing member companies' programmes as paid-for downloads

Peter Curran told us about independent audiobook publisher talkingmusic.com who have developed their own software to retail audio downloads worldwide

Boz Temple-Morris talked about his innovative web project aimed at helping indies to sell their content

plus Mary Kalemkerian, the newly appointed indie liaison for AudioGO was there to answer questions, such as:

How much money can you make? What are the terms of business? Which service suits you best?

It was held at Ye Olde Cock Tavern, 22 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AA

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