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 96, some of which are featured in BBC Radio's highlights of the week, from Somethin’ Else 20, This Is Distorted 10, Folded Wing 9, TBI Media 8, Wise Buddah 8, Unique 6, We Are Grape 5, Whistledown 5, The Noisehouse 4, Ping Productions 3, Reduced Listening 3, Naked Productions 2, Smooth Operations 2, Wire Free 2, Absolutely Productions, Atlantic Public Media, Brill Productions, Falling Tree, Just Radio, Loftus Media, Ora et Labora, Sparklab Productions, Testbed Productions and The Waters Company
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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 www.rigtrain.co.uk or to join the RIGtrain mailing list email email@example.com
RIG Chair at Radiocentre conference
RIG Chair Phil Critchlow addressed the Radiocentre's annual conference 'Tuning In' - see http://conference2016.radiocentre.org/ for more details
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Radio Academy discount announced
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Links with BBC Academy
We're delighted to report that the BBC Academy has just published a podcast ‘Radio producers: Winning that the freelance game’ in which two producers Kellie Redmond and Matt Hill vouch for our RIGtrain events and courses being good things for up-and-coming radio producers to get involved in.
The podcast can be found here and an accompanying one, which looks at the industry of podcasting, can be found here.
The Academy describes itself as putting "training and skills at the heart of the BBC and the industry to help meet the challenges of an ever-changing media world. The Academy focuses on providing a portfolio of high-quality training and development for the industry." You can find more about the BBC Academy here.
RIG supports British Library 'Save our Sounds' project
The Radio Independents Group is delighted to give its support to the British Library's project to create a major new radio archive, which it is announcing today:
"The British Library outlined its ambitions today to work with the radio industry to explore how to preserve a representative sample of the UK’s vast radio output.
The British Library already has a valuable archive of some 200,000 hours of radio going back to the 1920s, from pre-war Radio Luxembourg to commercial stations such as Capital Radio, and a full decade’s output by the radical London arts station Resonance FM. This resource is used by historians, academics and the creative industries to offer a unique, living portrait of what the nation is talking about – and what they listened to – at any given point in time.
However, this represents only a tiny fraction of the extensive output of the more than 600 public service, commercial and community stations currently broadcasting across the country. Sound archivists at the British Library estimate that 92% of UK radio is currently not subject to long term preservation or access, and thus will be lost to future generations of researchers.
This gap in the national collections has been identified as a key part of the British Library’s major preservation programme, Save our Sounds, which sets out to protect both the Library’s existing historic collection of more than 6.5 million recordings, and to safeguard the acquisition of future sound production in the UK, including the national collection of radio and published music. "
BBC announces joint working group with RIG re indie production in nations and regions
"I am really passionate about supporting Independent producers and it is clear there is a strong desire on their part to work with the BBC. This new working group will help create more opportunities for this to happen in the future."
Helen Boaden, Director, BBC Radio and BBC England
The BBC has announced today that it has agreed to set up a working group to look at how BBC Radio can work better with independent producers out of London. The announcement was made during the annual Nations & Regions Media Conference taking place at the Lowry in Salford.
For full details please see the press release on the BBC website.
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: