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.

Commissioning round updates

Radio 3 commissioning round 2, 2016-17

The results of Radio 3's Commissioning Round 2 for 2016/17 (Sunday Features, The Essay, Between the Ears and Specials) are now available on Proteus - brief feedback on all your proposals can be found there

If you have any problems with the commissioning system, or questions regarding the procedure, please do not hesitate to contact David via email on david.ireland@bbc.co.uk or on 020 7765 4943.  We look forward to reading your proposals.

Radio 3 commissioning opportunities

The contracts for several Radio 3 strands come to an end next year, and so those slots will be put out for offers from in-house and independent producers as part of Radio 3's WoCC, with the following timetable:

 

Slot

Date brief issued

Closing Date for offers

Offers meetings/results

Late Night Jazz Programme (PDF)

1 October 2015

19 November 2015

mid-Dec 2015

Sunday Morning Programme

5 November 2015

5 January 2016

end Jan 2016

Private Passions

5 November 2015

5 January 2016

mid Feb 2016

Late Junction

5 November 2015

5 January 2016

mid Feb 2016

 

Commissioning briefs detailing the network’s requirements for each of these slots and the full process will be issued on each of the issue dates listed above.  The successful bids will be contracted initially for one year with the option to extend for up to two further years subject to performance.

 

Radio 3 commissioning round 2, 2016-17

The results of Radio 3's Commissioning Round 2 for 2016/17 (Sunday Features, The Essay, Between the Ears and Specials) are now available on Proteus - brief feedback on all your proposals can be found there

If you have any problems with the commissioning system, or questions regarding the procedure, please do not hesitate to contact David via email on david.ireland@bbc.co.uk or on 020 7765 4943.  We look forward to reading your proposals.

Listen to the latest commissioning seminar for Radio 3

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.   

 

Roles

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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