What we do
RIG is a non-profit making trade body funded through membership fees and other fund-raising activities, that represents the interests and needs of the UK's independent radio production industry. Begun in February 2004, formally constituted in July the same year, RIG has for many years represented around two-thirds of companies in the industry ... and probably nearer 90% of the total production. We are proud to have members who are globe-spanning commercial giants through to smaller limited companies, partnerships and sole traders. If you produce radio programming for a UK-based broadcaster or platform as an independent production company (not as a freelance*) then RIG is for you!
In addition to representing our members' and industry's needs in negotiations with the BBC, commercial radio groups, the Government and other groups, RIG offers support, resources, information, access, training and more. Our aim is to bring together the knowledge of the thousands of dedicated and skilled people in the independent radio production sector and make as much of it available to all as is possible.
RIG is delighted to offer its members access to our Legal Services Scheme, through our Retained Counsel Paul March. This scheme offers members industry-standard contracts, free "first-line" legal advice and expert assistance should litigation be needed. This has long proven to be extremely popular and valuable to many members.
RIG also offers access to a discounted insurance offer in partnership with ACJ Insurers. At a time when indies are required to protect themselves and their commissioners from potential law suits, as well as offer their employees adequate insurance protection, RIG and ACJ are proud to make things a little easier. Other offers, some short-term, some long-term, can be found on the Member's Special Offers page.
RIG is also a place where competing independent producers can meet, share information, experiences and advice ... after all, we all want to see our industry grow and propser. After over a decade where individual companies did their best to grow the sector, RIG's arrival in 2004 has meant we can work together - while still competing vigorously for commissions - to build independent radio production in the UK and beyond.
The Board of RIG is made up of elected officers from within the membership, including an elected Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The Board has the authority to co-opt additional members, and to form sub-committees. All of the work done by the members of these committees is unpaid (excluding incurred expenses).
RIG's income is spent on a variety of things, including the day-to-day running costs - primarily on our part-time Secretariat.
The RIG Board is mandated by the RIG membership to pursue negotiations on all issues that have an impact on the sector, subject to their approval of what is agreed. To date RIG has successfully negotiated new BBC Radio General Terms of Trade (including a major revision in 2013), increases to 4 Extra repeat fees, BBC World Service Terms of Trade, digital distribution agreements and more. RIG engaged with the BBC Executive in detailed and wide-ranging discussions over implementation of the Trust's 2010 report into 'independent supply in radio', and is currently similarly involved in the implementation in radio of the BBC Director-General's 2014 directive to 'Compete or Compare' all programme production.
Since 2009, RIG has been a Patron of the Radio Academy, adding our support to this important institution and allowing all members of staff of RIG member companies to enjoy a number of the benefits of Radio Academy membership. Each year RIG and the RA collaborate in the organisation of the RADIO PRODUCTION AWARDS.
*An independent production company can be anything from a global player to a sole trader, but must be constituted as a proper business, delivering complete programmes and taking full editorial, financial and legal responsiblity for them. Freelancers, providing individual features or other recording services to the BBC or other companies (including indies) are not eligible for RIG membership, and should consider joining a trade union or other professional body to represent their interests