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 2, 2017-18: Sunday Features, Between the Ears, The Essay and Specials

Download the commissioning briefs for full information (PDF)

All proposals should be submitted on the Commissioning website using the following specifications:

Year: 20172018

Round: 2

Brief reference no: as on each of the briefs

Pre-offers Closing Date: 12noon, Thursday 13th October 2016

Pre-offers Results: Thursday 27th October 2016

Full offers Closing Date (where and when requested): 12noon, Thursday 15th December 2016

Full offers Results: Friday 3rd February 2017

Pre-offers should be a maximum of 200 words in the short synopsis box only - please do not use the full synopsis for these.  But please do include a realistic bottom-line budget in the notes field and a realistic delivery date.

For full offers, please ensure that a brief summary of the offer is included in the short synopsis section of the proposal as well as full details in the synopsis box.  Please resubmit your amended pre-offers rather than creating a new document.  We don’t need a full breakdown of budgets at this stage, but please ensure that the “bottom-line” figure is a realistic estimate and is entered in the working supplier notes field. Please also take care to enter a realistic delivery date on your offers, as we will use this during the commissioning process to draw up a draft schedule.


Results of Radio 3 Commissioning Round 1 2017/18 - Drama on 3

The results of Radio 3's Commissioning Round 1 for 2017/18 (Drama on 3) are now available on Proteus - brief feedback on all your proposals can be found there.

All commissions are conditional on budgetary, delivery and editorial agreement, and that no commitment should be made, or money spent until they are contracted.

If you would like to discuss the feedback on any of your offers, please contact Matthew Dodd, Radio 3 Head of Speech.


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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