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.
Find further information on the remit and service licence for Radio 2 on the BBC Trust website.
Please see the audience production resource page for an overview of the latest RAJAR results, for Radio 2.
Anybody wishing to work with Radio 2 must read and follow the Radio 2 Style Guide (PDF)
Current commissioning opportunities
Please find below the details of Radio 2’s commissioning timetable, for Spring 2017. We will be inviting proposals for the following programmes:
Weekday Evening Music Show (Mon – Thurs / 8 – 10pm)
Weekend Evening Music Show (Sun 7 – 9pm)
The Blues Show (Mon 7 – 8pm)
The Folk Show (Weds 7 – 8pm)
The Country Show (Thurs 7 – 8pm)
Pick of the Pops (Sat 1 – 3pm)
Early Breakfast Show (Mon – Fri / 5 – 6.30am)
|Monday 3 April - Issue briefs and audience packs and open commissioning on Proteus|
|Midday, Tuesday 18 April – Deadline to submit Short Proposal / eligibility criteria on Proteus|
|Tuesday, 2 May - Inform shortlisted applicants that they can supply Full Proposals|
|Thursday 18 May – Deadline for Full Proposals|
|Monday 22 May – Friday 9 June – Pitching meetings|
|W/C 12 June – Issue results and contract awards|
Full details of our requirements will be in the commissioning briefs.
For queries about Radio 2 commissioning please contact the Radio 2 commissioning team.
Sign up to the Radio Independent Production Company Database to find out about upcoming commissioning rounds and tenders.
Please also see the 6 Music page for more information as both networks work very closely together.
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.
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.
For 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.
Lewis Carnie, (Head of Radio 2) Head of Programmes, is responsible for programme commissioning and new talent presented to the network.
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