Friday 24 May 2013, 12:58
Tips on how to upload to Soundcloud.
Thursday 30 May 2013, 14:39
We've noticed a few common questions popping up in our inbox and on our Twitter feed (no, 'what's your favourite biscuit' sadly has not been asked) so we decided to answer them for everyone's benefit in a blog post. This blog post, to be precise.
"Can my audio entry be longer than five minutes?"
In a word; no. You can submit shorter audio than five minutes, but we won't accept seven minutes and 'just listen to five minutes of it'. See our terms and conditions, which state; 'recordings of routines longer than five minutes will be disqualified'.
"Does it have to be on SoundCloud? I have this great YouTube video you'd find hilarious..."
Yes, yes it does. This is a radio competition (although we do make some fabulous videos) and we've decided we want you all to enter in the same way because there's a lot of you and it makes it fairer. Last year over 800 people entered. We need people to follow our upload guide or they may be disqualified.
"Is the absolute deadline for entries absolutely the 28th June? I've got a gig coming up in July that would be perfect to record for my entry!"
Yes - there are no exceptions. Fair is fair, people.
"Does my entry have to be recorded in front of a live audience...
Friday 24 May 2013, 12:58
As we're using a different method of entry this year, we thought it might be useful to create a bit of a walkthrough for uploading your entry to Soundcloud.
So, once you're logged in, click the grey 'upload and share' button in the top left of your screen (or 'dashboard').
You'll be taken to the upload page:
Click 'choose files' and select your audio entry from your files.
Once your audio has begun uploading, you can add a title to your entry. You'll also need to change a couple of settings before you save it.
First, look at the advanced settings at the bottom of the screen and click on the red cross in the 'Downloads disabled' box on the left. This will become a tick that says 'Downloads enabled' (see below).
Next, you need to make the track private (see above) by selecting the option. After this, click 'Add/Remove people' to bring up the following screen:
Type in 'email@example.com' in order to give us access to your audio entry.
Once you're happy with your entry, click save and, provided your entry is uploaded and transcoded, you'll go to the player screen. Click the share button to reveal the URL to your audio entry and copy this - you'll need to paste this into...
Thursday 23 May 2013, 12:13
The BBC New Comedy Award 2013 is back and yes, we know we always say this, but we really are bigger and better than before!
How? Well this year, every single heat is going to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra, meaning that we're going to be able to feature all 80 shortlisted comedians on national radio. We'll also continue to keep you updated with the talent search with our videos, galleries, blogs and tweets.
As with previous events, even if you're not a performer, you can still attend one of our shows and have your say in the wildcard and final votes. Tickets will be available shortly and all the information you need will be right here on this website.
To celebrate, we asked 2012 winner Lucy Beaumont to star in our brand new launch video, filmed here at the BBC. You can hear her show, Lucy Beaumont: to Hull and Back on Radio 4 on June 18th.
Lucy's career has continued to go from strength-to-strength since you voted her last year's champion, and she'll be performing in The Comedy Zone during August's Edinburgh Festival with fellow 2012 finalists Tommy Rowson and Matt Winning.
So if you fancy gracing the Radio 2 and Radio 4 Extra airwaves this year, you should get your entry in now...
Friday 17 May 2013, 10:40
We've been a bit cheeky on our Twitter feed recently, dropping hints about what we're up to.
Sadly, we're not able to reveal all yet, but what we can tell you is that we'll be making a highly-anticipated announcement on this website on Thursday 23rd May at midday. The 'deluxe version' of the announcement (as I'm personally calling it), will be made on Steve Wright's BBC Radio 2 programme after 2pm.
In the meantime, here's a photo of 2012 winner Lucy Beaumont, who visited us last week and even brought her trophy along...
She hasn't changed a bit.
(No really, she hasn't - you can find out why we took this photo on Thursday.)
In the meantime, why not watch some of our videos from the 2012 award?
This blog was updated on 21th May 2012 after the original announcement was postponed due to Steve Wright being unwell.