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Radio 1 Programme Policy 2009/2010

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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 2009/2010

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.

Key developments

1 Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence

  • Priority: Building on the success of 2008's Scottcam, a number of further ambitious visual and interactive initiatives are being explored for 2009/2010, including an improved range of blogs and a plan for a virtual 'open day', encouraging audiences to discover more about the way the station operates.
  • Priority: Work will continue to build the BBC Switch brand to ensure that Radio 1 continues to attract the next generation of young listeners. An under-18s club tour is planned for the summer, with a second Switch Live event scheduled for the autumn.
  • A series of events is being devised for the first quarter of 2010 to underpin the station's commitment to discovering and developing new music, including a BBC Introducing... UK tour and a weekend showcasing the best of Radio 1's specialist programming.
  • Broadcasts from two of the UK's biggest bands, Coldplay and Take That, live in concert will be complemented by coverage from various smaller and more niche events, for example Manchester's Warehouse Project and Eurosonic in Holland.

2 Sustaining citizenship and civil society

  • Radio 1's daily Newsbeat will continue to provide a comprehensive service targeted at young audiences, explaining key issues and offering opportunities for people to express their views. Teenage depression, interest rates and the credit crunch, plus the debate around the reclassification of cannabis are among the subjects currently generating significant audience feedback.
  • A number of debates and specials will be a feature of Radio 1's advice programme The Surgery, covering relevant citizenship and topical themes – for example environmental issues.

3 Promoting education and learning

  • Priority: A series of high-profile social action campaigns will be run during daytime programming in conjunction with 1Xtra and BBC Switch. Drugs, volunteering and bullying are among the subject areas to be covered in 2009/2010. These campaigns will be promoted across the schedule.
  • Documentaries will explore a series of issues affecting listeners' lives, as well as covering a wide range of musical subjects. For example, The Beat Of Life will try to answer the question: why do we like music?

4 Reflecting the UK, its nations, regions and communities

  • The scheduling and range of Radio 1's dedicated shows for the nations will be examined with a view to increasing their profile and impact. The network's live events calendar will ensure that it reflects live music and club nights across the UK, including a number of Essential Mix Introducing Tour shows throughout the year, dedicated to discovering new DJ talent.

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

  • A further series of International Radio 1 documentaries in the autumn will hear from a number of Radio 1's key specialist DJs exploring the music and lifestyles enjoyed in other parts of the world. The shows will include a trip to the unique Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, USA. A visit to Iran is also being planned.

6 Delivering the benefit of emerging communications technologies

  • The newly combined Radio 1 and 1Xtra interactive team will focus on a number of key creative projects during the year, enhancing major live music events and campaigns, as well as working to increase the levels of visual content available to users.
  • Selected programmes will be syndicated and streamed on third-party sites, helping to ensure that specialist shows in particular are able to reach out and find new audiences.
  • Radio 1 will explore the possibilities for offering a more personalised online experience, for example allowing users to interact with the station or comment on selected areas and subjects.

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

  • 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

Reflecting the UK, its nations, regions and communities

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

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