RIG members on twitter
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Indies on Air this week
Indie programmes are on the radio at home and abroad throughout this week, including these 97, some of which are featured in BBC Radio's highlights of the week, from Somethin’ Else 23, Folded Wing 9, Distorted Productions 8, Wise Buddah 8, Unique 6, We Are Grape 5, Whistledown 5, The Noisehouse 4, Reduced Listening 3, Impatient Productions 2, Pier Productions 2, Smooth Operations 2, Wire Free 2, Atlantic Public Media, Audio Always, Bafflegab Productions, Big Fish, Black Hat Productions, Blakeway Productions, Boom Cymru, Dabster Productions, Dora Productions, Foldback Media, Just Radio, Loftus Media, Made In Manchester, Overtone Productions, Ora et Labora, Sparklab Productions TBI Media 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
Terrific Ira Glass masterclass
Legendary producer of 'This American Life', Ira Glass, in conversation with Fi Glover, entertained some 200 RIG members, associates and guests from the BBC and across the radio and audio industry. Here are some highlights of the evening - all pictures © Dan Vo 2016
In conversation with Fi Glover
Presenting a special Award for services to global radio
Ira Glass in animated mood
Networking after the event
Our AGM 2016
Tunde Ogungbesan, BBC Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Succession,
and Toby Mildon, Diversity Lead for Inclusion in Radio, address the meeting
Steve Carsey, Director of Original Programming at Audible
The papers for the meeting are in the 'Members Only' area of this website. Draft minutes will be available in due course.
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
picture: Will Jackson
More indie successes at the 2016 'New Yorkers'
UK indie production companies celebrated another large haul of awards from the New York Festivals’ Radio Awards on 20th June.
There were 39 awards made to UK indies, including two Grand Awards, as well as an additional 11 finalists’ certificates. Chief among UK successes was TBI Media, which won ‘Production Company of the Year’ for the fourth year running. Battle of Britain at 75, made by TBI Media with Snappin’ Turtle Productions won the Grand Award for Best Special Event - Entertainment, plus another five Gold Awards. Elsewhere Snappin’ Turtle Productions won five separate awards for its documentary ISIS: Young, British and Radicalised, and Digital Drama’s crowd-funded audio drama Noel Coward’s Peace in Our Time won a Gold award. Wise Buddah Jingles won a craft award for Best Sound for a portfolio of work for the BBC and commercial radio.
Overall 22 different UK indie companies featured in the awards, a third of which are based outside London. Oxford’s Overtone Productions won awards for three separate programmes, and Glasgow’s Document Media won a Gold award for The Story of the Byrds. Athena Media, based in Salford and Dublin, won a Grand Award and a Gold for The Kinder Letters, and a second Gold for the music series Vocal Chords, as well as being a finalist with the documentary Bright Sparks.
Will Jackson, Managing Director of UK indie trade body the Radio Independents Group, welcomed the awards: “UK indies’ success at the these prestigious awards is now a familiar story, but far from being complacent this shows how the sector is constantly striving to produce ever-better programming to ever-better standards. I’m really pleased to see companies outside London well represented, and this bodes well for radio listeners once more BBC hours are opened to competition from indies. These diverse voices are crucial in enabling the BBC to better represent the whole of the UK on its radio services.”
For the press release with the full list of UK indie winners please click this link (or right-click to download)
Radio Academy discount announced
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