BBC 6 Music is the BBC's digital music and archive station aimed at 25-44 year old music fans. More information about the remit for the station can be found here.
With a potent mix of contemporary music, live sessions, music and documentaries from the vast BBC Music archive, specialist programming and a rich music core of over 3,000 credible, inspiring and pioneering songs BBC 6 Music is providing a genuine alternative to listeners seeking out a unique and entertaining music radio alternative. The Network also puts today's new and exciting music in context with the influences and inspirational artists of the past 40 years attracting new younger listeners and core demographic listeners alike to the network.
BBC Radio 6 Music is the UK’s most popular Digital Radio Station. It celebrates the alternative spirit of music from the 1960s to the present day. Its programmes combine current releases outside the mainstream with earlier recordings, including music from the BBC Sound Archive. It provides context for the music it plays whilst supporting live music and new artists.
The station boasts a talent roster of knowledgeable and trusted presenters including Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Jarvis Cocker, Marc Riley, Shaun Keaveny, Don Letts, Mark Radcliffe, Stuart Maconie, Craig Charles, Liz Kershaw, Gideon Coe, Guy Garvey, Gilles Peterson, Tom Robinson and Cerys Matthews. It makes a number of shows of a specialist nature including the Gilles Peterson, 6 Mix and the Funk & Soul Show with Craig Charles.
Over the past 18 months the network has seen record year-on-year audience growth, record interactive traffic, received 3 key Sony nominations, been recognised in the Digital Music Awards and seen its reputation grow within both the radio and record industries.
Programmes are produced by either dedicated 6Music in-house production teams or a small group of Independent companies. When strands produced by Independents come up for renewal they are put out for tender. Once a shortlist has been drawn up, Independents are then invited to come in and pitch their proposals.
If you are an Independent Production companies wishing to hear details regarding 6 Music commissioning rounds, you will need to be part of the Radio Independent Supplier Database and can find more information on the How to Pitch page.
Commissioning round update
There are no current commissioning opportunities for 6 Music.
If you have any queries about 6 Music Commissioning please contact the 6 Music commissioning team.
Sign up to the Radio Independent Production Company Database to hear communications about rounds and tenders when they open.
Please see the Radio 2 page for more information, as both networks work very closely together.
The majority of programmes - the core output - are long-running strands which are produced either by 6 Music producers or a small group of Independent companies. When the strands produced by Independents Production companies come up for renewal they are put out for tender.
If you are a Independent Production Company wish to hear details regarding the 6 Music commissioning rounds, you will need to be part of the Radio Independent Supplier Database and can find more details on the How to Pitch page .
All interested suppliers will receive copies of the guidelines for each Network Radio commissioning rounds.
For each commissioning round, the network issues guidelines for prospective producers / production companies, which outline the available slots, editorial aspirations and guide prices
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.
Full information useful to programme-makers please visit the How to Pitch, How 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.
Paul Rodgers, Head of Programmes, is responsible for programme commissioning and new talent presented to the network.
Want to find out more about BBC 6 Music?
If you would like to know more about BBC 6 Music programmes, content and schedules, please visit the 6 Music station website.
Latest 6 Music News
The BBC today confirms the line up of some of its best-loved programmes that will be coming live from Sheffield during the World Snooker Championships (18 April to 4 May), in addition to BBC Sport’s comprehensive coverage across TV, Red Button and online.
BBC Radio 6 Music today announces that rock legend Iggy Pop is to return to the station as a permanent presenter. From Friday 10 April, Iggy will host a weekly show which airs from 7 to 9pm.
Radio 6 Music and Radio 4 Extra have both gained their biggest-ever audiences - with 6 Music becoming the first digital-only radio station to reach two million weekly listeners - according to data published by RAJAR.