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.
The remit of 1Xtra is to play the best in contemporary black music with a strong emphasis on live music and supporting new UK artists. The schedule should also offer a bespoke news service, regular discussion programmes and specially commissioned documentaries relevant to the young target audience (15–24 year olds), particularly, although not exclusively, those from ethnic minorities.
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Commissioning round updates
BBC Radio 1Xtra is seeking applications from Independent Production companies to take on
the production of a bundle of specialist music strands.
|Round opens||28th May 2015|
|Round closes||25th June at noon|
|Shorlisted companies informed||3rd July 2015|
|Decisions made by||31st July 2015|
If you have any questions or queries regarding the commissioning process for Radio 1 / 1Xtra please contact Robert Gallacher.
Radio Production companies should sign up to the Radio Independent Production Company Database to hear communications about rounds and tenders when they open.
If you have any ideas for documentaries during the year, please email Andy Worrell a couple of lines outlining the idea.
We are particularly looking for ideas that are reactive to current events in music and popular culture, to keep the strand feeling as relevant as possible.
We are looking to commission around a further 10 docs on a rolling basis through the year.
To submit, you will need to be part of the Radio Independent Supplier Database. Further information can be found on the How to Pitch page.
There are currently no opportunities to tender for any of our Strand programmes, however a commissioning brief document which will be made available here when a current round is announced.
For any questions or further information, please contact Andy Worrell.
On Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra, the majority of programmes - the Core Output - are long-running strands which are produced either by in-house producers or by Independent companies chosen through competitive tender when required.
Both stations also commission regular documentaries from in-house producers and Independent Companies. Commissioning rounds for both Core Output and Documentaries tend to be held annually and details of any available commissions and timetables will be detailed below.
Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra also welcome ad hoc proposals from established programme makers at all times.
Additionally, the stations undertake occasional commissions of their Station Sound audio production and details of any production on offer will also be detailed below.
For more information on the stations' relationship with Independent Companies, the commissioning process in general, or the best way to put forward an ad-hoc proposal, please get in touch with Robert Gallacher.
For more information on specific areas - Core Output, Documentaries or Station Sound - see below.
Core output commissions
Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra offer various programme strands for production by Independent Production companies. Strands on offer, as well as guide prices and full details, will be outlined in a commissioning brief document which will be made available here when a current round is announced.
Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra commission regular documentaries from a range of independent producers through an annual commissioning round.
When a documentary round opens full details of what kind of programming is on offer, as well as guide prices and full details, will be outlined in a commissioning brief document which will be made available here available here when a current round is announced.
Proposals are made via Proteus followed by a shortlisting period where producers may be asked to discuss their idea further. Once the shortlisting period is complete and offers have been discussed, proposals will either be conditionally commissioned or rejected.
Station sound opportunities
Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra commission occasional Station Sound packages from a range of independent producers through an open competitive tender.
When a commissioning opportunity arises full details of what kind of Imaging is required, as well as full details of how to submit material, will be outlined in a tender document which will be made available here when an opportunity is announced.
Station Sound opportunities usually arise around Ident music and imaging which are commissioned on a one-off commission fee basis where the composer will retain their composer rights and the BBC will take its full available share of publishing rights. Full details of the rights required for each opportunity will be laid out in the relevant tender document.
For any questions or further information on station sound, please contact Rebecca Frank.
If you wish to hear details regarding the Radio 1 commissioning rounds, you will need to be part of the Radio Independent Supplier Database.
If you are an independent company wishing to sign up to the list, please find details how to join on How to Pitch page.
BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra commissioning roles
- Ben Cooper, Controller Radio 1 and 1Xtra, is responsible for commissioning the core output on both stations.
- Robert Gallacher, Commissioning Editor, Pop is responsible for core output commissioning on both stations.
- Andy Worrell, Editor of Documentaries for BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, and is responsible for commissioning in that area.
- Rebecca Frank, Editor of Station Sound for BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, and is responsible for commissioning in that area.
The commissioning strategies for all areas on both stations are signed off by Ben Cooper, Controller Radio 1 & 1Xtra.
Full information useful to programme-makers please visit the How to Pitch, How we do Business and Delivery timeline pages of this website and it is advisable to look this over before submitting a proposals.
Want to find out more about BBC Radio 1/1Xtra?
If you would like to know more about BBC Radio 1/1Xtra programmes, content and schedules, please visit the Radio 1/1Xtra station websites.
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