RadioandMusic
| 23 Jul 2019
Radio indies call for senior audio commissioner roles in restructured BBC

MUMBAI: The Radio Independents Group (RIG), which represents the UK indie radio production sector, has written to BBC Director General Lord Tony Hall, calling for the unique nature of radio to be recognised within his proposed new commissioning structure.

Hall will shortly be announcing changes to BBC commissioning, removing some of the current distinctions between TV, radio and online content as the BBC moves towards a more genre-based approach. The two-page letter, signed by the whole RIG Board, states that whilst RIGÆs own membersÆ work is diversifying beyond radio; æto ensure that Licence-Fee payers continue to have the radio content they have come to expect, the BBC must retain, and at a high level, expertise in understanding content that works first and foremost on an audio-first platformÆ.

It also emphasises communication with indies outside London: æThis commissioning resource must also be accessible to audio producers all around the UK, to create a level playing field in commissioning where the best ideas will be broadcast regardless of source and geographic locationÆ. Managing Director Will Jackson said, ôUK audio production companies fully realise the world is changing but new technology is actually allowing people to listen to radio in a greater variety of ways. We appreciate Lord HallÆs comment that he wishes to maintain what he calls ægreat channelsÆ. Having senior radio-commissioning expertise present in the new structure will be crucial to ensure the BBC does not let down its many loyal listeners, regardless of the device on which they are listeningö.