Hear a recording of the latest Radio 3 commissioning briefing

The remit of Radio 3 is to offer a mix of music and cultural programming in order to engage and entertain its audience. Around its core proposition of classical music, its speech-based programming should inform and educate the audience about music and culture. Jazz, world music, drama, the arts and ideas, and religious programming should feature in its output.

The station should appeal to listeners of any age seeking to expand their cultural horizons through engagement with the world of music and the arts. 

Find more information on the remit for Radio 3.

Please see the audience production resource page for an overview of the latest RAJAR results, for Radio 3.

Anybody wishing to work with Radio 3 must read and follow the Radio 3 Style Guide (PDF).  


Commissioning round updates

Commissioning round two, 2017-18: Sunday Features, Between the Ears, The Essay and Specials

The results of Radio 3's Commissioning Round 2 for 2017/18 (Sunday Feature, The Essay, Between the Ears and Specials) are now available on Proteus - brief feedback on all your proposals can be found there.

Will all those who have received commissions for 2017/18 please get in touch with Matthew Dodd in due course, to arrange a conversation to take them further.  These conversations must take place before the programmes can be contracted, although obviously this is most urgent for those programmes scheduled at the beginning of the financial year (April-June 2017).  These meetings will include discussion of editorial issues and any possible online dimensions, as well as the timetable for development and future communication with the commissioning editor.    If you have any concerns about being able to deliver in time for the transmission dates indicated in the feedback, please contact us immediately, as in some cases, the commission may depend on these dates.  Please also email Kate Foreman to agree the price for the commission, as given in the feedback.


Commissioning process

Radio 3's schedule includes a number of long-running strands which are not usually re-commissioned annually. 

If you wish to hear details regarding the Radio 3 commissioning rounds, you will need to be part of the Radio Independent Supplier Database and indicate that you wish to hear details about Radio 3 and its strands.

When a commissioning round opens, editorial briefs, including guide-prices and durations, are sent out to registered suppliers and eligible in-house departments. During the commissioning round, producers are strongly recommended to discuss ideas with the relevant commissioning editor. After offers have been submitted, and the results have been communicated, editorial and budgetary discussions take place around the shortlisted commissions before final confirmation. 

The commissioning editors are happy to meet producers and discuss ideas throughout the year, however we will usually only be able to give a general steer in advance of the formal rounds.   

If you have any questions or queries regarding the commissioning process for Radio 3 please contact David Ireland.



All commissions are signed off by Alan Davey, Controller Radio 3.


Additional information

Programme-makers are advised to read information on the How to pitchHow we do business and Delivery timeline pages before submitting proposals.

If you would like to know more about BBC Radio 3 programmes, content and schedules, please visit the Radio 3 station website.  


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