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Music and Events on BBC Four

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Jan Younghusband discusses Music & Events on BBC Four

Commissioning Editor: Jan Younghusband

Commissioning Opportunities

  • Seeking 9pm Rock Documentaries for 2015/16 
  • Broad popular three x 60 minute series for January 2016
  • BBC Four is interested in commissioning original Documentary singles around which we can place archive films to make theme nights and Seasons
  • Would consider popular formats and list shows such as top tens with strong historical narrative
  • Interested in both short and long form content for BBC Music which we can explore for new digital service from 2015. Ideas which would work on TV, Radio and Online are appreciated as part of the BBC Music brand
  • Seeking acquisitions


BBC Four is the home for core music lovers, with Friday night a weekly destination for music fans. We're looking for noisier, edgier, debatable stories in 2015/16 and also seeking a broader, popular series for autumn 2015.  

The channel continues to thrive with powerful Friday night Singles. Ideas that build on the success of the channel as a home for classical and popular music are welcome.  And ideas which can partner with Radio and Online are also very important for the channel.

We are seeking new faces and real experts and actively persuade Musicians to tell their own stories when possible. Access to great Musicians across all genres is essential as our BBC Four stories seek to put Musicians centre screen.

Often programmes work best on BBC Four when they take a radically different approach to a very familiar subject.

Find out more about the overall BBC Four channel strategy.


How should I submit my ideas and who should I pitch to?

All proposals should be submitted via BBC Pitch to the relevant Genre Controller or Commissioner. 

Find contacts in BBC Music and Events commissioning.

Information reviewed on 14 January 2015

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