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 70, some of which are featured in BBC Radio's highlights of the week, from Somethin’ Else (21), Wise Buddah (11), We Are Grape (5), TBI Media (4), The Noisehouse (4), Falling Tree Productions (3), Folded Wing (3), Unique (3), Whistledown (3), Smooth Operations (2), Wire Free Productions (2), Above The Title, Document Media, Foldback Media, Howlett Media, John Stanley Productions, Just Radio, Loftus Media, Ora et Labora and Pier Productions.
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RIGtrain update: Business Leadership Course launched - RIG members only
*** This course is only open to RIG members ***
How often do you have the opportunity to examine various aspects of your business?
Would you like to grow your company and forge new alliances?
Exploit new global opportunities opening up through the changing digital media world?
If so, then this course is for you and will help you develop and hone the leadership skills needed to maximise these opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to work first hand with entrepreneurs and digital leaders from across the media industry.
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RIG at the Radio Festival 2014
Leading Radio Indie calls for
‘Compete or Compare’ for BBC Radio
and a ring‐fencing of budgets
In a speech at the Radio Festival in Salford on Wednesday 15th October, Jez Nelson, CEO of Somethin’ Else and board member of the Radio Independents Group, set out RIG’s position on BBC Radio and how it could grow the Corporation’s relationship with audio‐led indie production companies. (Scroll down to download the text or the press release - and click here for "Radio Today" coverage)
Nelson praised Tony Hall’s landmark ‘compete or compare’ strategy outlined last year, saying that: “it recognises that although there are of course big differences between these platforms and sectors there are also many similarities and a great deal of crossover.”
Nelson said current radio commissioning was too low at a maximum of 20% of hours, but also the hours measurement mean that indies are ending up with a disproportionate of low‐value commissions: “although the BBC has opened up new areas of the schedule for competition ‐ looking to commission the best ideas regardless of source ‐ it has done this in a way that legislates that the smallest number of people are exposed to those winning ideas. That can’t make sense.”
He then detailed the reasons why the arguments put against increasing commissioning from indies did not stand up to scrutiny. He said: “Really it comes down to this: we believe competition is in the best interests of the audience who are paying for the service ‐ limiting that competition is wrong.”
Nelson stressed that RIG supported the BBC and the continuation of the Licence Fee. He pointed out the importance of BBC Radio services, and called for protection of the Radio Budget, saying
“In our view BBC Radio has suffered disproportionately from DQF because of its relatively low funding compared to TV. We believe the BBC Radio budget should be ring‐fenced and not simply cut in accordance with any uniform cuts implemented in the future”.
Speaking after the speech, Nelson said: “As a growing creative industry, doing business with commercial radio and others in the UK and overseas, as well as the BBC, we were keen to place on record some of the other factors we think point towards the need for the BBC to be just as radical in radio as they’re being in TV – in a world where there is increasing crossover between different types of content, radio shouldn’t be left behind while TV heads into a new era.”
Click here to listen to the speech in your media player (or right-click to download it)
Click here for the full press release with notes and contact details
Click here for the full text of the speech
Click here for more about RIG at this year's Radio Festival