BBC RADIO 1 offers an exciting, high-quality service for young audiences. It plays the best new music and delivers a comprehensive range of live studio sessions, concerts and festival broadcasts. The network covers all the significant youth music genres with a wide-ranging playlist and a diverse team of specialist DJs. It also delivers tailored speech output – including news, documentaries and advice campaigns, with integrated online and interactive services.

BBC Radio 1 is available on 97–99FM, DAB digital radio, digital satellite (channel 851), digital cable (channel 401, 858 or 901), Freeview (channel 70), and online at

Key priorities for the coming year
In 2005/2006, Radio 1 will:
 continue developing the re-energised mainstream and specialist schedules which were introduced during 2004, placing increased emphasis on creative programme content
 extend the range and diversity of live events broadcast to reach a wider cross-section of listeners
 ensure it remains distinct from commercial radio – in particular by giving extensive support to new and UK artists, featuring live music across the output and placing news and social action campaigns at the heart of the daytime schedule

Democratic value
Radio 1 offers a more comprehensive news service than commercial stations which target a similar audience. Our dedicated news team will provide a tailor-made service, delivering BBC news in an appropriate tone and language for young listeners.
The flagship Newsbeat programmes will continue at the heart of the daytime schedule, supplemented by regular news and sports bulletins and a dedicated section online. Newsbeat will aim to set the news agenda for our listeners by focusing on issues of particular relevance to them. It will deliver coverage of national and international issues to a youth audience – including many potential first-time voters – who consume little news elsewhere, and look to encourage listeners who tune in primarily for music to explore a broad range of subjects.
Our specific commitment:
 we will broadcast at least 310 hours of news, sport and current affairs

Cultural and creative value
Radio 1’s commitment to new music is fundamental to the station’s purpose. We will continue to play a vital role for UK music makers, acting as a major supporter of creativity and showcasing new artists and styles of music.
Daytime programmes will offer a mix of music, news, entertainment and features, presented by engaging DJs.
An extensive playlist will ensure we offer listeners the chance to hear new tracks and new performers for the first time. We will give strong support to new UK talent and lead the way in breaking the best new music to the widest possible young audience.
Our portfolio of leading specialist DJs, covering all relevant youth genres, will support the development of acts at the cutting edge of music and champion the best of their respective areas to daytime programmes.
Live music is a key distinctive element and will feature heavily throughout the schedule, with studio sessions from the newest bands as important as concerts from established artists.
Radio 1’s own events such as One Big Weekend will be complemented by coverage from major festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds and Scotland’s T in the Park. Dance coverage will be developed to cover a more diverse range of events including The Big Chill and Global Gathering.
For new music makers looking to start their career, will offer advice on how to enter the industry and give young artists the opportunity to have their work reviewed by established experts. Unsigned bands submitting demos to the site will also have the chance to gain wider exposure through OneMusic’s on-air presence.
The Oneclick strand of programmes will give exposure to culturally relevant areas including films and the arts. These shows provide a wider and richer mix for listeners and are designed for an increasingly digital age, accessible to listeners at any time through the BBC Radio Player.
Our specific commitments are that:
 at least 40% of the schedule will be devoted to specialist music or speech-based programmes
 in mainstream output at least 45% of the music will be ‘new’ (pre-release or less than one month since release), and at least 40% will be from UK acts
 we will broadcast from around 25 major live events and festivals in the UK and abroad
 in addition to festival and concert performances from headline acts, we will broadcast over 250 new sessions and Live Lounge performances

Educational value
Our strong connection with young audiences enables us, through programmes like Sunday Surgery, to address a range of issues facing young people in an appropriate way. Listeners can share experiences as well as getting information and advice.
The One Life team will be responsible for social action output online, offering continuous advice on a range of personal, health and other concerns. On air, there will be a series of campaigns within daytime throughout the year. The exam results and Beat Bullying campaigns will return and we will feature a major campaign aiming to increase awareness of issues relating to safe sex.
Documentaries will provide in-depth examinations of everything from new music styles to topical lifestyle and political issues affecting young adults.
Across the network, music will be scheduled in a way that builds listeners’ musical repertoires and introduces them to new, sometimes challenging artists. offers the audience a comprehensive interactive service, supplying additional information on programmes and events, music news and special features. In 2005/2006 it will actively encourage media literacy, introducing easy-to-use guides to downloading, new technology and emerging platforms.
Our specific commitment:
 we will commission at least 40 new documentaries in 2005/2006

Social and community value
Radio 1 aims to unite young listeners from different communities, both geographical and musical, allowing them to join together around musical and other cultural events.
Live events help Radio 1 connect with its audience and will reflect the wide range of music-making by UK artists. The network’s own events will often focus on areas underserved by commercial promoters.
Online we will continue to provide a forum for our audience to meet and discuss areas of common interest.
Regular opt-out programmes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will continue, fostering grassroots relationships within those communities and acting as a formal conduit for developing local talent and exposing it to a wider audience.
Our specific commitment:
 we will broadcast around 200 hours of opt-out programming from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Global value
Radio 1 will continue to place an emphasis on supporting UK artists and act as their ambassador to the rest of the world. We will build on our relationships with overseas radio stations, aiming to increase the profile of UK music as a result.
We will broadcast live from a number of international music events in 2005/2006, for the first time covering Serbia’s Exit festival and Skolbeats, Latin America’s biggest festival. We will also return to Sonar in Barcelona, allowing us to showcase experimental artists from around the world who rarely visit the UK.
In addition, Radio 1 will continue to bring the best and most exciting contemporary global music to the attention of UK audiences.


BBC RADIO 2 brings listeners a broad range of popular and specialist music with particular support for new and established British artists; live music, through concerts and studio sessions; and songwriting. The network also offers news, current affairs, documentaries, comedy, readings, religious output and social action, designed to appeal to a broad audience.

BBC Radio 2 is available on 88–91 FM, DAB digital radio, digital satellite (channel 852), digital cable (channel 402, 860 or 902), Freeview (channel 72) and online at
Key priorities for the coming year
In 2005/2006, Radio 2 will focus on:
 developing live music output to consolidate our support for musical life in the UK
 aiming to attract a more diverse audience to our programmes through our choice of topics, contributors and interviewees
 continuing to support British music, musical theatre and new songwriters through a range of initiatives and partnerships, for example with the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters
 developing programmes launched in the last year, which include Elaine Paige, Lulu, The Green Room with Mariella Frostrup and Dermot O’Leary’s Saturday Club

Democratic value
News and current affairs aimed at a mass audience are a key part of Radio 2’s mix.
The Jeremy Vine Show will continue to serve the daytime audience with an accessible mix of stories, interviews and phone-ins, while developing its interactive elements further.
Johnnie Walker’s drivetime show will continue to feature a daily business news slot, analysing business issues and making them accessible to a mainstream audience.
Our specific commitment is:
 to broadcast over 800 hours of news and current affairs programming, including hourly news bulletins

Cultural and creative value
Radio 2’s range of musical genres is unrivalled.
We will continue to include big band, light classical, brass band, reggae, organ music, jazz, soul, folk, country, blues and sacred music. Our schedules will be built around regular strands, presented by credible experts who can also communicate with listeners who have no specialist knowledge.
Specialist programmes will reflect live performances by UK and world-renowned performers, allowing people to hear music from these gatherings wherever they are. They will include Big Band Special, Bob Harris Country, the Paul Jones blues show and the BBC Jazz Awards.
Live music is central to the schedule. Live and Exclusive concerts, coverage of major music events in the UK and live music sessions within mainstream programmes and specialist strands will all showcase established artists and new talent.
Key events covered will include the Cambridge Folk Festival and Guilfest.
Mica Paris will return with the Soul Solutions series, continuing her support for British soul performers.
Radio 2 will work closely with the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, particularly around the Ivor Novello Awards, to ensure that the art of songwriting is given substantial on-air support. We will carry coverage of the Ivors and broadcast a series of programmes which profile the great songwriters of the last five decades in support of the 50th anniversary of the awards.
We will continue to support new talent through initiatives like the Young Folk Award, Young Brass Soloist and Young Chorister of the Year.
We will commission several new ‘radio ballads’ – personal testimonies on issues affecting life in contemporary Britain – illustrated with original songs and written using local language and dialects.
In comedy, we will commission original programmes and develop new formats, building on the success of innovative series like Radio Rivron with Rowland Rivron and Clive Anderson’s Chatroom.
Documentaries on Saturday and Tuesday evenings will reflect and explain popular culture. Some documentaries will be commissioned at short notice to reflect topical stories.
Our specific commitments are:
 to broadcast the broadest range of music in the UK, with over 1,100 hours of specialist music programmes
 to broadcast over 60 hours of musical theatre and film music
 to carry over 100 hours of arts programming
 to broadcast several new ‘radio ballads’ reflecting contemporary life in the UK
 to commission new musical arrangements from leading arranging talent for use within Friday Night is Music Night, Big Band Special and Listen to the Band

Educational value
Learning campaigns and other initiatives will help listeners of all ages to engage practically with the modern world and its challenges.
Among the campaigns scheduled for 2005/2006 is Life 2 Live, helping listeners to lead more fulfilled lives, which will involve more than 30 hours of programming. Student Essentials will be targeted at students and their parents in August following exam results.
Sold on Song, Radio 2’s music learning initiative, will continue to connect with aspiring songwriters and those interested in the art of songwriting via programming initiatives with established songwriters, local events and music masterclasses. will be an important online resource supporting this.
Social and community value
Social action is a core element in Radio 2’s speech programming. is now an integral part of the network, and we will continue to drive interactivity across our programmes, encouraging contributions from listeners via a range of digital platforms, including email, text messaging, online voting and comments systems. We will also re-focus our message board to deliver a more positive environment in which listeners can debate issues around music and programmes, and programme makers can become involved.
We will continue to build the popularity of the BBC Radio Player, encouraging on-demand listening and therefore extending value from our investment in Radio 2 programming.
Radio 2 will remain the primary radio broadcast partner for BBC Children in Need and the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, with major online support for both.
Increased external web linking and collaboration with third-party websites is also a priority, in particular those related to Radio 2’s events, social action campaigns and programming initiatives.
A week of programmes concentrating on religious topics will explore issues of faith from a broad range of religions and cultures.
Our specific commitments are:
 to broadcast a schedule which is around one-third speech output
 to broadcast over 170 hours of religious output covering the broad range of faiths

Global value
This year we will broadcast an assortment of documentaries which explore foreign culture and music. These will include Michael Nicholson’s personal history of the Vietnam War, A Vietnam Notebook, to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, and a season of programmes as part of the BBC’s Africa Season.
To complement 1Xtra’s coverage of the Notting Hill Carnival in August, Radio 2 will present a two-part series exploring one of the oldest musical genres in the western hemisphere, the calypso.
These programmes will bring a broad range of international music, history and culture to a UK audience.
We will also cover key overseas music events including South by Southwest – which is used to promote British music in America – and the Country Music Association Awards.


BBC RADIO 3 is centred on classical music, and also provides a broad spectrum of jazz, world music, drama and arts programmes. It focuses on presenting live and specially recorded music from across the UK and beyond, including contributions from the BBC performing groups.

BBC Radio 3 is available on 90–93 FM, DAB digital radio, digital satellite (channel 853), digital cable (channel 403, 861 or 903), Freeview (channel 73) and online at
Key priorities for the coming year
Radio 3 will:
 provide a number of high-profile and distinctive focal points for engagement with classical music by broadcasting the complete works of three featured composers
 continue to provide live music and cultural debate, building on the strengths of the BBC performing groups and external partnerships
 aim to deliver increased impact by becoming more focused in our learning agenda, involving performing groups in outreach and education work

Democratic value
Radio 3 will regularly address contemporary issues from a cultural perspective in programmes such as Night Waves, Music Matters and
Cultural and creative value
Radio 3 is committed to presenting music from across the UK, including concerts and events from a broad range of venues and festivals.
We will continue to collaborate closely with a range of partners – the BBC’s own performing groups and independent orchestras, festivals including the Edinburgh Festival, WOMAD and the London Jazz Festival, and other arts organisations.
As part of our commitment to live music, we will once again broadcast every concert in the BBC Proms, the biggest classical music festival in the world.
In a key development this year, Radio 3 will celebrate the achievements of three composers – Beethoven, Webern and Bach – dedicating substantial airtime to broadcasting their complete works over a short period. These high-profile radio events aim to appeal both to the core audience and new listeners. They will draw on historic recordings and specially recorded performances, and programmes will highlight musical interpretation. The initiative will be complemented by interactive material and television programming.
In addition to this initiative, we will devote an evening to Sir Michael Tippett during the centenary year of his birth, and bring the resources of the BBC performing groups together to create Bernstein Season.
The network will continue its commitment to British music throughout its schedule. In particular we will complement the BBC One television series A Picture of Britain by focusing on British composers and how the country itself has acted as a source of inspiration for music over the centuries.
We will also broadcast another run of the series Made in Britain, which explores a wide range of music from across the UK.
We will work with the Royal Philharmonic Society on its awards to celebrate musical achievement in the UK, and on Encore, a scheme to give recent orchestral music further performances.
Radio 3 will continue to place a large emphasis on new classical music. Alongside our major investment in composing talent, we will support and broadcast the 2005 British Composer Awards.
We will continue to reflect jazz in our programmes with festival coverage, live concerts and a particular focus on the British jazz scene.
Radio 3 will continue its commitment to broadcasting full-length drama, and encouraging new writing in The Wire and The Verb. We will bring some significant theatre productions to a wider UK audience, including Michael Grandage’s production of Schiller’s Don Carlos.
Our specific commitments are:
 50% of the network’s music output will consist of live or specially recorded music
 live output will comprise at least 500 live or specially recorded performances
 we will commission over 30 new musical works during 2005/2006
 we will commission 30 documentaries on arts and cultural topics
Educational value
Radio 3’s broadcasts, outreach and educational projects, and interactive services introduce listeners to a wide range of music.
Some continuing programmes, such as Composer of the Week and Discovering Music, specifically address the desire to find out more about music.
We will aim to provide context for our output of live music. For example, alongside the BBC Proms we will broadcast supporting programming and other content through our website.
Radio 3 will develop the availability of on-demand music, encouraging audiences to experience musical performance in this way.
In addition, music-making technologies will be developed to encourage listeners to explore their own creativity.
We will assist young musicians at the outset of their careers through the New Generation Artists scheme.
Radio 3’s commitment to amateur music-making through the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year will culminate in an international dimension with the European Broadcasting Union Let the Peoples Sing competition.
Social and community value
We will create further opportunities for listeners to interact with the network by extending the Your 3 concept of listener involvement more broadly, and representing listener creativity on air.
Each of the BBC’s orchestras and the BBC Singers will develop their Making Tracks concerts for children and other outreach work, bringing live orchestral and choral music to a variety of communities and age groups across the UK, and encouraging community involvement in music.
Radio 3 will continue to develop the Africa on your Street website, which will feature the African community in the UK.
Our specific commitment:
 we will spend 40% of our budget outside the M25, investing in the cultural economy and representing arts activity throughout the UK

Global value
Radio 3 is committed to presenting its listeners with a vision of music and the arts which extends beyond national boundaries.
We will continue to work actively with partner broadcasters across the world to present highlights of musical life from outside the UK.
In particular, we will work with other European broadcasters to create shared celebrations for the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, culminating in a day of concerts from across Europe.
We will make UK musical performance available internationally, in partnership with other broadcasters. This will include BBC Proms and other concerts, opera and a significant number of Mozart performances.
Our world music activity can encourage mutual awareness between different cultures. We will continue to foster understanding of a wide range of musical cultures.
We will present a multifaceted view of the culture, history and politics of Africa as part of the BBC-wide Africa Season and in parallel with other initiatives – social, political and cultural – during the period.



BBC RADIO 4 uses the power of the spoken word to offer programmes of depth which are surprising, searching, revelatory and entertaining. The network aims to offer in-depth and thoughtful news and current affairs and seeks to engage and inspire its audiences with a unique mix of factual programmes, drama, readings and comedy.

BBC Radio 4 is available on 92–95 FM and 198 LW, DAB digital radio, digital satellite (channel 854 and 893 for LW), digital cable (channels 404, 862 and 904, and 911 for LW), Freeview (channel 74) and online at
Key priorities for the coming year
In the coming year Radio 4 will:
 enhance the quality of response to major news stories by providing more rapid analysis and insight through more flexible commissioning of current affairs
 extend impact with special events, including two major series marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2 and a 90-part series telling the story of the British Empire, with an ambitious interactive dimension
 extend the accessibility and value of our content to listeners by increasing the range of programmes available for download

Democratic value
Radio 4 will bring listeners accurate, authoritative daily news and current affairs programmes through Today, The World at One, PM and The World Tonight.
We will further develop interactivity on Today to give more audience access to decision and policy makers.
Each week, programmes such as File on 4 will break stories while others, such as The Week in Westminster and Analysis, will scrutinise topical issues.
In the coming year, we will provide impartial, rigorous and substantial analysis of the parties’ campaigns prior to the expected General Election and of the issues central to the electorate’s concerns.
Our specific commitment:
 we will broadcast at least 2,500 hours of news and current affairs programmes

Cultural and creative value
Radio 4 stands apart as a commissioner and broadcaster of radio drama, with a different play broadcast every day. It plays a critical role in sustaining and developing the art of radio drama.
Alongside the daily Afternoon Play, we will also broadcast new adaptations of classic texts such as And Quiet Flows the Don, David Copperfield and The Raj Quartet.
We will offer regular half-hour programmes on the arts in Front Row as well as the weekly Saturday Review and The Film Programme. In Start the Week we will debate the latest developments on the broad cultural scene.
Radio 4 will continue to provide a range of programmes relating to literature, in Bookclub, Open Book and A Good Read. During the year Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate, will present a 12-part series, A Map of British Poetry.
We will devote a weekly slot to music, which this year will include a series to mark the 250th birthday of Mozart.
Radio 4 is the home of radio comedy, developing many of the programmes and comedy talents which grow and find a place on television. Highlights this year will be new shows with Miles Jupp and Tim Key, as well as the final series of the acclaimed Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
We will build on our relationships with the Edinburgh and Glastonbury festivals, showcasing and discovering new comedy talent.
Our specific commitments are:
 we will broadcast at least 760 hours of original drama and readings in the coming year
 at least 35% of new Afternoon Plays will be first or second commissions from writers new to radio
 we will broadcast at least 300 hours of original comedy

Educational value
Alongside the schools programmes broadcast overnight on digital platforms, informal learning is central to Radio 4.
Throughout the year we will broadcast a wide range of factual output making specialist subjects accessible to the general audience.
We will continue to offer imaginative treatments of science in our science documentaries. Case Notes will cover medicine, Nature will explore the natural world, and More or Less (in association with the Open University) will explain the world of numbers. Law in Action will examine the legal system while business programming will include In Business and Money Box.
Making History, The Long View and weekly documentaries will provide fresh approaches to understanding the past. Our documentary series marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2 will make a major contribution to the oral history of the period. The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar will be marked by a week of readings, features and original drama.
Our specific commitments are:
 we will broadcast at least 200 hours of documentaries
 we will commission new programmes to achieve greater consistency and impact in our treatment of contemporary and historical biography

Social and community value
Radio 4 aims to reflect the diversity of the UK by recording many audience programmes at outside venues across the UK, including much of our comedy – old and new – such as Just a Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.
We also aim to connect with people through our interactive surveys and competitions. Listeners to the Empire series will be invited to contribute their stories of how lives were immediately affected by the British Empire.
Word 4 Word, a seven-part series, will form part of a long-term project embracing online and radio, in collaboration with BBC Nations & Regions, to celebrate all the languages and dialects in the UK.
We will continue to provide live worship and in-depth reporting of religious affairs across major faiths, including a four-part series on the life and impact of Jesus Christ. The Moral Maze will provide rigorous examination of the ethical complexities of our age. Other strands, such as Sunday and Beyond Belief, will go beyond polemics to probe the world of religion, illuminating the varieties of belief between and within faith communities.
We aim to offer insight into the diversity of the contemporary UK through, for example, a series following the London bid for the 2012 Olympics and a series charting the lives of Britain’s Hindu community across three generations.
Devotees of cricket will continue to find Test Match Special on Radio 4 Long Wave.
Our specific commitment:
 we will broadcast at least 200 hours of religious programming

Global value
Helping people make sense of the world around us is an important part of Radio 4’s news, current affairs and factual output.
This year we will go behind the headlines in Iraq to analyse and understand the evolving story of that country and of the wider region. There will be a landmark series on the Middle East based on rare access to the highest levels of the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli Government.
We will ensure that the painful process of reconstruction on the shores of the Indian Ocean is comprehensively reported and will return to the region to assess the long-term consequences of the tsunami.
These and other global issues will be explored in depth by regular series such as Crossing Continents and From Our Own Correspondent (which will mark its own 50th anniversary this year).
Alongside these programmes, a series on China will explore the social implications of its rapid economic expansion, while a six-part series will explore the global aftermath of World War 2.
We will contribute to the wider BBC focus on Africa this year with special factual programmes alongside our news reporting from the continent.
This year The Reith Lectures will be given by the distinguished scientist Lord Broers, who will consider the transformative global impact of technology. The lectures are expected to be brought to an international audience through the BBC World Service. We will also facilitate greater audience involvement with the lectures by developing interactive content.

BBC RADIO FIVE LIVE broadcasts live news and sport 24 hours a day, presenting events as they happen, in a modern, dynamic and accessible style. It sets out to cover national and international subjects in depth, using wide-ranging analysis and debate to inform, entertain and involve news and sports fans of all ages, with particular emphasis on 25 to 44 year olds. The network also provides extensive live events coverage, supported by the BBC’s global newsgathering operations and our portfolio of sports rights.

BBC Radio Five Live is available on 909 and 693 MW, DAB digital radio, digital satellite (channel 855), digital cable (channel 863 or 905), Freeview (channel 75) and online at
Key priorities for the coming year
 in our coverage of the expected General Election we will seek through collaboration with BBC Asian Network and 1Xtra to reach audiences not readily involved with the electoral process.
 Five Live will continue to provide value from the BBC’s extensive sports rights. We will offer live coverage of all the major sporting events around the UK and across the globe, enhanced by high-quality sports journalism and analysis.
 more journalists will work outside London in order to have a greater impact throughout the UK and to reach a wider audience.

Democratic value
News will remain the backbone of Five Live’s output, building on our reputation as the place to get the very latest news as it happens.
We aim to encourage and inform debate, covering political issues in an inclusive, accessible manner. Our coverage of the expected General Election will include a live election night results programme. This will be simulcast on BBC Asian Network and in part on 1Xtra, while shared initiatives with both these networks throughout the campaign will aim to bring the political process to listeners who might not ordinarily engage with it.
Programmes such as Victoria Derbyshire and Simon Mayo give people the opportunity to join in the debate that arises from the news. Five Live will continue to use interactive technologies to involve listeners as much as possible.
Our specific commitment:
 we will offer at least 6,000 hours of regional, national and international news coverage – around 70% of our output

Cultural and creative value
Five Live will continue to cover important events in the national sporting calendar – events that form part of our lives and culture – including:
– the FA Barclays Premiership
– the FA Cup and FA Cup final
– the British Grand Prix
– the tennis from Wimbledon
– the Rugby Union Six Nations Championship
– the Rugby League Challenge Cup final
– all the major horse racing events including the Grand National
– golf: the Open from St Andrews
– cricket: the Twenty20 Cup, the C&G Trophy and the County Championship
We will also provide commentaries on the big international sporting events that unite people across the UK in support of national sporting talent. These will include:
– the British Lions’ tour of New Zealand
– the World Athletics Championships
– the Ashes cricket, England v Australia
– the Commonwealth Games in Australia (March 2006)
– the Winter Olympics in Italy (February 2006)
– football’s World Cup qualifiers
– Uefa Cup and Champions League football
– Australian, French and US Open tennis
– US Open, US Masters and US PGA golf
Educational value
Five Live aims to explore and explain the news, provide listeners with background information and expert insight and give a fresh perspective on current affairs.
The weekly documentary strand Five Live Report will look in depth at topical news, social, consumer and factual issues. Meanwhile, Sport on Five will build on its investigative work in the sporting world.
Our specific commitment:
 we will broadcast around 50 hours of documentaries, plus specially commissioned debates on major news and sport events

Social and community value
Five Live aims to reflect the whole of the UK. The station’s team of regional journalists will ensure that stories and the interests of different areas and communities are represented.
We will continue to offer interactive opportunities for listeners, including phone-ins, live debates and on-air requests for emails and text messages, through programmes such as Breakfast, Worricker, 606 and Drive. Listeners’ online comments and feedback will increasingly be integrated into live broadcasts. will evolve to keep abreast of new technology and to increase the accessibility and value of our content. Within the site we will launch an interactive football area through which listeners are steered through the whole of the BBC’s online football offering, including the football communities.
Our specific commitment:
 we will establish a hub of news and sports journalists in Manchester who will work across a range of programme strands

Global value
Five Live will draw on the expertise of the BBC’s global newsgathering operation to report the news from around the world – and thus help to create globally informed citizens.
We will continue to bring news of the major sporting events around the world (even if UK participation is negligible), such as the NFL Superbowl, the Winter Olympics, Formula One and cycling’s Tour de France.


BBC FIVE LIVE SPORTS EXTRA is a part-time extension of BBC Radio Five Live, bringing a greater choice of action to sports fans. We will extract more value for licence fee payers from sports rights already owned by the BBC by offering alternative commentaries to those provided on Five Live.
BBC Five Live Sports Extra is available on DAB digital radio, digital satellite (channel 894), digital cable (channel 864 or 908), Freeview (channel 76) and online at
Key priorities for the coming year
 Five Live Sports Extra will aim to deliver extra value for money for licence fee payers by exploiting sports rights owned by the BBC that would otherwise not get to air
 the station will provide increased impact by offering uninterrupted coverage of the events and matches it covers

Cultural and creative value
Five Live Sports Extra adds value to that created by Five Live, by offering commentaries from competitions and events in the sporting calendar which supplement and complement those on Five Live including:
 supplementary commentary from the FA Barclays Premiership
 extended cricket commentary for Test Match Special fans
 coverage of the Coca-Cola Championship, League One and Two, the Carling Cup and the Scottish Premier League
 additional Rugby Union and Rugby League commentaries
 the Formula One qualifying rounds
 supplementary court coverage of Wimbledon, and of the US, Australian and French Open tennis

The flexible nature of the network means we can carry commentaries at short notice. For example, if Five Live is required to cover an important breaking news event, the sports coverage it was scheduled to broadcast can be transferred to Five Live Sports Extra.


1XTRA plays the best in contemporary black music, with a strong emphasis on delivering high-quality live music and supporting new British artists. 1Xtra also brings listeners a bespoke news service, regular discussion programmes and specially commissioned documentaries, plus information and advice relevant to the young target audience, particularly – although not exclusively – those from ethnic minorities.

1Xtra is available on DAB digital radio, digital satellite (channel 887), digital cable (channels 859 or 907), Freeview (channel 71), and online at
Key priorities for the coming year
1Xtra will play the full range of contemporary black music genres, while increasing its commitment to new music and delivering impact by providing a broad spectrum of live music from across the UK.
The station will also continue to focus on:
 delivering wider impact by engaging our audience in debate around current affairs and other issues that affect their lives
 connecting audiences through thriving online communities

In light of the recommendations made by Tim Gardam in his independent review of the BBC’s digital radio services, extra emphasis will be put on enhancing the depth and range of speech throughout the schedule, particularly during the weekday breakfast show.
Cultural and creative value
Our schedule offers a music mix designed to authentically reflect modern black music culture. We will continually seek out the latest forms of black music and deliver them to a wider audience.
Our specific commitments:
 all relevant black music genres will feature in daytime programming
 the evening schedule will focus on single-genre programmes presented by the leading DJs in their field

1Xtra will continue to support new musical talent, particularly from the UK. In 2005/2006, we will increase our commitment to new music.
Our specific commitments:
 at least 70% of the music played will be new (pre-release or less than one month since release)
 at least 40% of the music played will be from the UK

We will also continue our commitment to finding the next generation of music presenters through the weekly programme X-Tra Talent, which is dedicated to providing an outlet for new presenter talent.
Live music will continue to be key and we will broadcast events from venues across the UK, as well as exploring the black music scene abroad through coverage of events such as the Trinidad Carnival and Puerto Rico’s Mix Show Power Summit.
Our specific commitments:
 1Xtra will broadcast at least 50 live music events during 2005/2006
 we will broadcast a series of events to support the BBC’s Africa Season
Democratic value
1Xtra offers a tailor-made BBC news service through its hourly TX bulletins and the two-hour weekday TX Unlimited, which provides coverage and analysis of national and international issues to an audience who may consume little news elsewhere. The station also commissions documentaries providing commentary and prompting debate, which in 2005/2006 will include a season of programmes examining the country’s sexual health and an in-depth look at how African culture has influenced the UK.
We will also look beyond the boundaries of TX Unlimited in order to develop increased speech opportunities around the rest of the schedule.
Our specific commitments:
 around 10% of the station’s output will be dedicated to news, documentaries and social action programming with approximately 20% of the overall output consisting of speech
Social and community value
1Xtra provides a national focal point for fans of black music throughout the UK, bringing together different audience groups through a shared passion for music.
We will develop increased interaction via and provide exclusive online content to give further depth and range to our programming.

1Xtra will continue to provide a unique range of music genres, giving many music fans a shared listening experience for the first time, through programmes such as Vibrations for fans of street gospel and Panjabi Hit Squad for the latest Asian fusion sounds.


BBC 6 MUSIC engages with lovers of popular music, offering them current releases outside the mainstream, new concert and session tracks and music from the BBC Sound Archive. We concentrate on music and artists that are not well supported by other radio stations, and are committed to providing context for the music we play, through music news, documentaries, debate and stimulating interactive content.

BBC 6 Music is available on DAB digital radio, digital satellite (channel 870), digital cable (channel 865 or 909), Freeview (channel 77) and online at
Key priorities for the coming year
In 2005/2006 our focus will be on:
 increasing awareness in order to extend reach of the service
 generating impact by giving greater exposure to artists who get limited airplay elsewhere
 further development of the daytime schedule

Cultural and creative value
6 Music will continue to reflect the evolution of popular music through extensive use of the BBC archive and a database of more than 3,000 tracks.
Concerts and sessions from the last 40 years will be showcased. Core artist theme days will feature archive recordings alongside artists’ current releases.
We will continue to champion the development of new music through an eclectic playlist of releases and by engaging new and less familiar artists for studio recordings.
We will collate and broadcast the 6 Music Chart in conjunction with The Official UK Charts Company focusing on new acts who have not yet had a top 40 album. Roundtable will give our listeners an informed preview and debate about the most significant new releases each week.
Live music will remain at the heart of our programming, including festival coverage throughout the summer.
Our specific commitments:
 we will broadcast over 400 hours of archive concert performances
 15% of our music will be concert tracks and sessions from the BBC’s music archive
 at least half of the music played will be more than four years old
 we will broadcast over 275 new sessions

Educational value
6 Music provides hourly music news bulletins during most of the day on weekdays. More in-depth coverage is offered in the hour-long show The Music Week.
We aim to extend understanding of popular music, and our programmes will continue to examine the cultural development of music, supported by online information and on-demand recordings. We will rebroadcast documentaries from the BBC archive, while commissioning new insights into current musical issues.
Speech will also be an important element of the weekday breakfast show, with an interview each day on an aspect of popular culture.
Our specific commitment:
 we will feature over 550 hours of rebroadcast and newly commissioned documentaries and essays

Social and community value
6 Music brings together musical communities of interest from across the UK and beyond, providing a forum for debate and offering listeners involvement on air and online. Message board users will be encouraged to debate music strands and programme content.
We will aim to reflect the whole UK by providing daytime broadcasts from a different location each month. Lamacq in the City events around the country will put new and emerging artists on the same concert bill as contemporary artists.
Social action will focus on campaigns which give audiences practical opportunities for personal development.


Our specific commitment:
 6 Music will mount three social action campaigns, with supporting online resource material


BBC 7 is a speech-based digital radio service offering comedy, drama and readings, mainly from the BBC archive. The network is zoned around types of programmes so people know that at a certain time of day a particular type of output will always be available. BBC 7 is also the home of children’s speech radio, with regular live programming for children.

BBC 7 is available on DAB digital radio, digital satellite (channel 881), digital cable (channel 866 or 910), Freeview (channel 78), and online at
Key priorities for the coming year
In 2005/2006 BBC 7 will:
 continue to broadcast quality archive radio drama and comedy, as well as classic and contemporary literature, through serialised readings and dramatisations
 develop the range of original output on offer, including comedy and drama, and in so doing deliver wider impact by encouraging new talent
 further develop our children’s programming by introducing new initiatives within The Big Toe Radio Show

Cultural and creative value
BBC 7 aims to bring the best of the BBC’s speech archive and new speech programming to a new audience, complementing comedy and drama output elsewhere on BBC Radio.
This year we will feature seasons of dramatisations of Oscar Wilde, the Brontë sisters, Dorothy L Sayers and Alan Bennett, the complete CS Lewis Cosmic Trilogy and a series of Gothic drama. In another new series, well-known radio actors will choose and discuss their favourite radio plays.
BBC 7 also aims to encourage new talent. Our partnership with BBC writersroom aims to develop writers new to radio. Innovative techniques will be brought into drama productions.
In conjunction with BBC Talent, we will develop and broadcast the BBC New Comedy Awards to encourage new stand-up writers and performers.
We will enhance access to BBC 7 programmes online by promoting the fact that all our programmes are now available via the BBC Radio Player.
Our specific commitments are to broadcast at least:
 2,800 hours of books and drama
 2,800 hours of comedy
 40 hours of readings for adults
 10 hours of original comedy
 10 hours of original drama

Educational value
BBC 7’s daily magazine programme for children, The Big Toe Radio Show, encourages learning and exploration. It contains features, news, interviews, reviews, discussions and about 50 minutes of original stories every day.
On Sundays, when children have more time for radio listening, we feature popular long-form stories and dramas.
During the year we will aim to grow membership of the Big Toe Reporters’ Club, which involves children from across the UK reporting on subjects as diverse as pets and the NHS.
Throughout 2005/2006 Big Toe will build on World Class, the BBC school twinning project. As part of this, will be expanded to include a country fact file, a new game, an international survey and a gallery of children’s pictures.
Big Toe will launch Young Storytellers, inviting children to write a story for radio. We will set up four storytelling fairs in Londonderry, Glasgow, London and Manchester where children will be able to brainstorm their ideas and talk to well-known authors.
The daily Little Toe Radio Show, for younger children, is designed to reinforce an early love of simple stories, brought to life with music and song. This year Little Toe will feature the Beatrix Potter books as well as new abridgements of well-known stories, including Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Wood and the Wishing Chair series.
Our specific commitment:
 we will provide over 1,400 hours of children’s programming

BBC ASIAN NETWORK offers challenging debate, informed journalism, music, sport, entertainment and drama to audiences of British Asians from different generations. The network broadcasts primarily in English but also in a range of languages spoken by UK Asians. It is the main broadcast forum for debating the issues preoccupying British Asian communities.

BBC Asian Network is available on DAB digital radio, digital satellite (channel 869), digital cable (channel 867 or 912), Freeview (channel 79) and online at
Key priorities for the coming year
Our focus for 2005/2006 is to:
 improve the range, depth and quality of our output, and review programme formats
 use our partnership with BBC Radio Five Live and BBC News to deliver more original journalism
 extend reach whilst taking care that output stays in tune with the predominantly youthful British Asian population
 deliver wider impact throughout the UK

Democratic value
Our news bulletins deliver a mix of British Asian, national, international, South Asian and Asian diaspora stories, delivered in English and a range of Asian languages.
Dedicated reporters across the UK provide coverage from their communities. News and comment is built into daily programmes such as Breakfast and Drive and our non-English output. Interviews with opinion formers and discussion about Asian life in the UK remain a key part of the Sonia Deol programme.
Cultural and creative value
The daily drama Silver Street reflects urban British Asian life. It also provides opportunities for new acting, writing and directorial talent, with a writer-in-residence and a trainee producer to be recruited through BBC Talent.
Our music output provides a significant platform for established and new Brit-Asian music talent.
Our specific commitments:
 our content will be approximately 50% speech and 50% music
 at least 40% of our music playlist will be from UK artists
 we will broadcast three to five hours per day in languages other than English
 a campaign to find new presenters will connect with every major Asian centre across the UK

Social and community value
We will aim to ensure that our programmes reflect and have relevance throughout the UK.
We will play a key role in tailoring BBC social action campaigns to the needs of British Asians.
BBC Asian Network covers the major religious festivals for Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus and Christians and aims to make them accessible to all faith communities. Each weekday starts with an hour of devotional music.
We will use our website and technologies such as text messaging to enable our listeners to interact with us and each other. Silver Street will continue to develop as an interactive drama, with listeners able to influence its storylines.
Sports news will continue to be an important part of our service, bringing together UK Asians from around the country. Coverage will reflect Asian interest and achievement with the emphasis on Test cricket and Premiership football.
Our specific commitments are:
 to have a presence at and broadcast live from the key Melas in the UK
 to take the popular Sonia Deol show around the country

Global value
While our principal focus is on the lives of UK Asians, an important strand of our journalism will be reporting on the South Asian and Asian diaspora.
Through the availability of the network online around the world, we provide a global stage for British Asian culture and achievements.