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
Indies on Air this week
Indie programmes are on the radio at home and abroad throughout this week, including these 83, some of which are featured in BBC Radio's highlights of the week, from Somethin’ Else (22), Wise Buddah (11), Whistledown (6), We Are Grape (5), TBI Media (4), The Noisehouse (4), Folded Wing (3), Unique (3), Smooth Operations (2), USP (2), Wire Free Productions (2), Above The Title, Cast Iron Radio & Recording, Dabster Productions, Falling Tree, Foldback Media, Freewheel Productions, Goldhawk Essential, Hat Trick Productions, Hidden Flack, Howlett Media, Just Radio, Little Brother Productions, Loftus Media, Ora et Labora, Pier Productions, Spools Out, Sweet Talk Productions, Trevor Dann's Company and Zeppotron.
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RIG members have been offered a most unusual commissioning opportunity in Richard Curtis's new project, 'Radio Everyone', which is part of 'Project Everyone', a highly ambitious attempt to publicise the United Nation's new 'Millennium Sustainable Development Goals' by reaching every person in the World over a seven-day period in September this year.
The nature of the project is set out in a document that can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here.
The Association for International Broadcasting Awards
The eleventh AIBs are now open for entry and the organisers are "delighted to invite you to showcase your work in this annual festival of factual TV, radio and online content." Closing date 22 July.
In radio they say "we’re searching for outstanding live journalism, investigative documentaries, creative features and compelling current affairs coverage. AIB recognises that on-air talent is vital in creating a bond between audience and broadcaster. So we are also looking for this year’s outstanding on-air television and radio personalities."
The radio categories are:
Current affairs documentary
International radio personality
and there is also a category for
Factual online production
Entry fees appear to be £72 for AIB members in the UK, and £108 for non-members (but please check at time of entry).
UK Indies win 41 nominations at the 'New Yorkers'
Yet another great year for British radio indies at the New York International Radio Festival awards
UK indie radio producers were celebrating another strong showing in the nominations for the New York International Radio Festival Awards, with no fewer than 41 nominations going to a total of 21 production companies.
The UK-made indie shows are spread across 19 different categories including Best Music Special, Best Innovation, Best Regularly Scheduled Comedy Programme, Station ID and Best Drama Special.
D-Day: 70 Years on, created and produced by TBI Media with Snappin’ Turtle for BBC Radio 2, was alone nominated for seven separate awards including Best Live Music Special and Best Innovation.
Wise Buddah also picked up a range of nominations, including Wise Buddah Jingles for Best Station ID. Pozzitive picked up nominations for three different comedy series.
Out-of-London companies in the list include Made In Manchester, Bafflegab, Alfi Media and Fresh Air Productions.
A RIG spokesman said: “This is yet another great performance from UK indie producers, with nominations from a wide spread of companies based both inside and outside the M25. It only adds to the fact that our sector is continuing to produce a diverse range of successful creative content”.