BBC 6 Music is the BBC's digital music and archive station aimed at 25-44 year old music fans. Find out more about the remit of Radio 6 Music on the BBC Trust website.

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 three 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 6 Music 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.

Independent production companies wishing to hear details regarding 6 Music commissioning rounds must be part of the Radio Independent Supplier Database. Find out more on the Pitching to Radio page.

 

Commissioning opportunities

There are no current commissioning opportunities for 6 Music.

For queries about 6 Music commissioning please contact the 6 Music commissioning team using the contacts on the right.

Sign up to the Radio Independent Production Company Database to find out about upcoming commissioning rounds and tenders.

Please also see the Radio 2 page for more information as both networks work very closely together.

 

Commissioning process

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.

Independent production companies wishing to hear details regarding the 6 Music commissioning rounds must join the Radio Independent Supplier Database. Find out more on the Pitching to Radio 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

Companies are encourage to talk to the network - Robert Gallacher (Commissioning Editor, Pop) - about proposals before you formally submit them. This will enable ideas to be better focussed within the context of schedule/slot availability. Please contact Julian Grundy (Manager, Scheduling & Commissioning) with any questions regarding the processes, commissioning or schedule. 

 

Additional information

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

 

Roles

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

 

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