The remit of Radio 2 is to be a distinctive, mixed music and speech service, targeted at a broad audience, appealing to all age groups over 35.

The station should offer entertaining popular music programmes and speech-based content including news, current affairs, documentaries, religion, arts, comedy, readings and social action output.

More information on the remit and service licence for Radio 2 can be found here.


Commissioning round updates 

Commissioning Year 2015/2016 Second Round Ad Hoc (PDF)
  • Christmas
  • The Year of Literacy and Shakespeare
  • Radio 2 at 50

Round Opens 09/04/15

Round Closes 13/05/15 at noon

Results Published 25/06/15


If you have any questions or queries regarding the commissioning process for Radio 2 please contact Julian Grundy.

Radio Production companies should sign up to the Radio Independent Production Company Database to hear communications about rounds and tenders when they open.


Network Imaging Package

We look to commission network-wide imaging package for BBC Radio 2 regularly. There are currently no plans to do this but please keep on checking back here regularly or contact Radio 2 Senior Station Sound Producer, Chris Reay


Commissioning Process

The majority of programmes - the core output - are long-running strands which are produced either by Radio 2 producers or a small group of Independent companies. When the strands produced by Independents come up for renewal they are put out for tender using the process described below.

Commissioning rounds take place twice a year to complement the core output. It is within these rounds that ideas are sought for a wide range of documentaries, specialist music, comedy, event and other programming. Readings are commissioned alongside special events or seasons.  

If you are a independent company wish to hear details regarding the Radio 2 commissioning rounds, you will need to be part of the Radio Independent Supplier Database. More information can be found on the How to Pitch page.  

For each commissioning round, the network issues guidelines for prospective producers / production companies, which outline the available slots, editorial aspirations and guide prices

The commissioning process involves submission of proposals via Proteus. Proposals should include a short synopsis paragraph followed by a more detailed explanation of the idea and treatment being proposed. After the closing date there will be 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. Budgets will then be agreed.

We would encourage you to talk to the network - Robert Gallacher (Commissioning Editor, Pop) - about your proposals before you formally submit them. This will enable you to focus your ideas better within the context of schedule/slot availability. And, please contact Julian Grundy (Manager, Scheduling & Commissioning) with any questions you may have regarding the processes, commissioning or the schedule. 


Additional Information

Full information useful to programme-makers please visit the How to PitchHow we do Business and Delivery timeline pages of this website and it is advisable to look this over before submitting a proposals.



All commissions are signed off by Bob Shennan, Controller BBC 6 Music.

Lewis Carnie, Head of Programmes, is responsible for programme commissioning and new talent presented to the network.


Want to find out more about BBC Radio 2?

If you would like to know more about BBC Radio 2 programmes, content and schedules, please visit the Radio 2 station website


Latest Radio 2 News

  • BBC Music Day - A Nationwide Celebration of Music on Friday 5 June 2015

    BBC Music Day - A Nationwide Celebration of Music on Friday 5 June 2015

    Today BBC Music announces the inaugural BBC Music Day - a nationwide celebration of music. On Friday 5 June 2015, BBC Music Day aims to bring people together across generations and communities through their love of music.

  • BBC Radio 2 Eurovision returns!

    BBC Radio 2 Eurovision returns!

    It’s time for Radio 2 listeners to dust off their feather boas, polish their sequins and slip on their dancing shoes as Radio 2 Eurovision returns for another year. Get ready to wave those Union Jack flags as the BBC announces the return of the pop-up digital radio service to celebrate the best of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, and complement programming of the annual singing competition on BBC Radio 2 and TV networks BBC One and BBC Three.

  • BBC Radio 2 commits to further arts programming

    BBC Radio 2 commits to further arts programming

    BBC Radio 2 is delighted to announce a number of new initiatives and partnerships to deepen its commitment to arts programming as a part of Get Creative - a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity.

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