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Radio 1 Programme Policy 2008/2009

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Service remit

The remit of Radio 1 is to entertain and engage a broad range of young listeners with a distinctive mix of contemporary music and speech. It should reflect the lives and interests of 15–29 year olds but also embrace others who share similar tastes.

It should offer a range of new music, support emerging artists – especially those from the UK – and provide a platform for live music. News, documentaries and advice campaigns should cover areas of relevance to young adults.

Delivering the BBC's purposes in 2008/2009

Radio 1 will continue to contribute towards the delivery of the BBC's public purposes in the range of ways set out in its service licence. Key developments in the way in which the service will contribute to each purpose are outlined below. These are designed to address the priorities identified by the BBC Trust, future-proof the delivery of the purposes, and address perceived gaps in delivery in line with strategies in the BBC's purpose plans.

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Key developments

1 Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence

  • Priority: Across Radio 1's schedule there will be a focus on a select range of key innovative and creative initiatives. As well as a unique interactive week of Scott Mills programmes, the network will examine its coverage of films, aiming to build closer ties and relationships with the film industry, culminating in a special weekend at the movies.
  • Priority: There will be a number of new initiatives in collaboration with BBC Switch aimed at building closer ties with younger audiences. These will include a BBC-sponsored under-18s live music event, and work to reinvigorate The Surgery, with a more interactive online space providing a definitive guide for teenagers growing up in modern-day Britain.
  • A theme across Radio 1 will be to work harder to raise awareness of specialist shows and go beyond the obvious in our programming. Glastonbury coverage will complement wider BBC output by highlighting some of the smaller arenas and emerging artists, in particular those featured on the BBC Introducing... stage.
  • Live events coverage will include a number of smaller and more intimate festivals such as Latitude and the London Mela, as well as larger Radio 1 Presents shows, for example Foo Fighters at Wembley Stadium.

2 Sustaining citizenship and civil society

  • Radio 1 plays a key role for the BBC in connecting with young audiences and, to further engage with young listeners, Newsbeat will be taken on the road to a number of Britain's towns and cities. It will hear directly from the audience and reflect their concerns and anxieties.
  • Online, our news pages will be further developed to provide in-depth coverage of politics, music and entertainment news.

3 Promoting education and learning

  • Priority: Working together with 1Xtra and BBC Switch, Radio 1 will focus on increasing the impact of its social action campaigns. Coinciding with the summer holidays, we will look at binge drinking, encouraging listeners to think about the dangers of excessive drinking. We will also run a money campaign, highlighting personal finance issues.
  • Documentaries will explore a range of musical and other topics and will be programmed across the schedule, as relevant to the subject matter. They will include Fast Fashion Nation, examining people's obsessions with cheap and disposable fashion.

4 Representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities

  • The network's dedicated shows for the nations will play a key role in recommending acts to perform on a BBC Introducing... stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Maidstone in May – an addition for this year's event.
  • Radio 1's live events calendar will reflect live music and club nights across the UK, including T in the Park in Scotland, Northern Ireland's Planet Love and the Green Man Festival in Wales.

5 Bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK

  • A new series, International Radio 1, will see four of Radio 1's key specialist DJs present documentary programmes from countries around the world, including Japan and Russia – bringing listeners a flavour of the local music scene in each location.

6 Delivering the benefit of emerging communications technologies

  • Priority: Subject to rights and permissions, Radio 1 will look to maximise the possibilities that technology provides to share its content across the web, including syndicating video and audio highlights in association with partners, and allowing listeners to use Radio 1 content on their own web pages.

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Conditions: BBC purposes and Radio 1 commitments

Unless otherwise stated, all commitments are minimum hours or percentages and include originations, repeats and acquisitions.
Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence.

Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence

  • 60 hours of specialist music per week
    (Specialist music is music that appeals to specific groups of listeners, focusing on a specific genre of music or on cutting-edge music from a range of genres.)
  • 40% of music in daytime from UK acts
    (Daytime is defined as 06.00–19.00 Monday–Friday and 08.00–14.00 Saturday–Sunday.)
  • 45% of music in daytime that is new
    (either unreleased or less than one month since release – physical release, not download release)
  • c.25 UK live events and festivals broadcast
  • 250 new sessions (excluding repeats)
  • Contribute to BBC Radio's commitment to commission at least 10% of eligible hours of output from independent producers

Sustaining citizenship and civil society

  • 1 hour of news in daytime each weekday, including two extended bulletins
    (with flexibility for holiday periods and occasional special schedule changes)
  • Regular bulletins during daytime at weekends

Promoting education and learning

  • 40 new documentaries

Representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities

  • 200 hours of original opt-outs from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

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