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 87, some of which are featured in BBC Radio's highlights of the week, from Somethin’ Else (20), Wise Buddah (11), Distorted Productions (8), We Are Grape (5), Whistledown (5), Folded Wing (4), Sparklab Productions (4), TBI Media (4), The Noisehouse (4), Unique (4), Wire Free Productions (3), Smooth Operations (2), Sweet Talk Productions (2), Audio Always, Foldback Media, Howlett Media, Jarvis & Ayres, Little Brother Productions, Loftus Media,Lucky Giant, Ora et Labora, Pozzitive TV, Ten Alps and Trevor Dann's 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, supported by Creative Skillset and partly by HM Government with 'Employer Ownership' funding. More details at www.rigtrain.co.uk or to join the RIGtrain mailing list email firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Ever Radio Production Awards!
The winners have been announced for the 2015 Radio Production Awards (RPAs), with two awards going to the team on the Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show and two to Cabin Pressure producer David Tyler of Pozzitive, including the special Gold Award sponsored by Audible.
The ceremony hosted on the evening of 24th November at London’s Hippodrome, was organised by the Radio Independents Group (RIG), with support from the Radio Academy. It was hosted by Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney and the guests presenting the awards included fellow presenters Goldirocks and Clara Amfo, as well as Dotun Adebayo, Roger Bolton, Sue McGregor and journalist and presenter John McCarthy.
The awards featured a special set from singer Nell Bryden, as well as a performance from comedian Jake Yapp. TBI Media was ‘Indie of the Year’ for projects such as Battle of Britain at 75, and Cathy Fitzgerald won both ‘Best Documentary/Feature Maker’ and the ‘Producer of the Year’ award. Production staff from indie company Whistledown also won three awards.
Now in their sixth year, the RPAs recognise and celebrate the production skills of radio and audio producers based in the UK or supplying UK-based broadcasters from overseas. This year’s nominees included 26 different indies, there were also 12 nominations for the BBC and 10 for commercial radio.
Roundhouse Radio won the new ‘Best Grassroots Production’ award, which encourages the participation of new and diverse talent in radio production. As well as the Grassroots award, this year also featured for the first time awards for Presenter Hero, which went to the Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show’s Richie Firth, and Best Nations & Regions Producer, which went to Paul Evans of Harvard Productions in Wales. Other Out-of-London winners included Bauer’s Tony McShane from Metro Radio in the North East, plus Manchester’s Sparklab Productions featured in a win for freelancer Steve Urquhart. Christian O’Connell’s Absolute Radio breakfast show featured again with Chris Skinner’s award for ‘Best Multi-Platform Creator’.
RIG’s Managing Director Will Jackson said: "Another amazing Radio Production Awards night has once again demonstrated the exceptional quality of audio production in the UK, both from the wide range of indie companies across the country, and from in-house teams including the BBC and Bauer Media. I'm particularly pleased that our new 'Grassroots Production' award highlights organisations working with new production talent, meaning the sector is well-placed to rise to the significant opportunities on offer in the coming years."
Above is the main text of the press release, which can be downloaded here as a pdf, including additional notes and full list of winners
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 responses to BBC Charter Review
The Radio Independents Group has submitted a number of responses to official consultations about the Review of the BBC's Charter. Several have now been published and are linked below, along with our press release calling for the ring-fencing of radio budgets:
for further information please contact our public affairs adviser Tim Wilson – +44 (0)7909 560 374
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:
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 Licence Fee
RIG is pleased to announce it has signed up to Broadcast's 'Backing the BBC' campaign of 'qualified support' for the Corporation.
BACKING THE BBC: THE PLEDGE
"We believe the licence fee is the best way to fund the BBC and that it should be set at a level that ensures the corporation remains the cornerstone of the successful British creative industries. We support a transparent, accountable and efficient BBC and believe charter renewal should be conducted openly, giving the creative community and audiences a voice in the broadcaster’s future."
To find out more, visit broadcastnow.co.uk/backingthebbc
Broadcast reported on RIG joining the campaign in June:
In the article, RIG Chair and Chief Executive of TBI Media Phil Critchlow said suppliers were being pushed close to breaking point: “Radio can sometimes be taken for granted, but it is critical that it should not be. Once it is gone, it will be very difficult to replace. Some people in TV are working with challenging budgets, which push them right to the edge of what is possible. In radio, we are already perilously close to being tipped into an impossible position.”
Other RIG Board members were also quoted in the Broadcast article.
7 Digital chief executive Simon Cole said: “This chance to grow our sector will be stifled if the BBC is forced to cut radio budgets and services further.”
Somethin’ Else chief executive Jez Nelson said the BBC commissions act as vital seed capital to help grow young businesses.