The BBC World Service aims to be the world's first choice amongst international broadcasters. We want to inspire people and illuminate their lives. Our programmes need to support - and build on - our reputation for being authoritative, impartial and accurate. With your help we can achieve all of this...and make the most of our unique ability to bring the world together, making connections and helping listeners make sense of the world. We seek impact and originality.

If you wish to propose ideas to World Service you will need to do so through an in-house department or as an independent company. To pitch to BBC World Service your independent production company must sign up to the BBC Radio Independent Production Company database. If you meet the criteria to join the database please complete the Independent Production Company Registration Form and email to vanessamorris&  If you are not accepted for inclusion in the BBC Radio Database you can appeal to Steve Titherington, Senior Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service (

Please read through the World Service guidelines (PDF).

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Commissioning round updates

In the Studio

In the Studio is an ambitious new weekly strand on World Service English which follows Stars and the world’s creative leaders as they create their work. Programmes will bring audiences into the minds of creative figures of all stripes: designers, visual artists, architects, film-makers, musicians. They will also give listeners special access to processes that they wouldn’t normally be privy to.

There are 12 x 26’28 slots available.

Download the full commissioning brief (PDF).


Monday 9 January - Tuesday 28 February 2017 (12 noon)

Time period in which to submit initial proposals into Proteus.

At this stage the Commissioning Editor only requires a short description. Please use the short synopsis box only

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Pre-offers results published in Proteus.

Tuesday 4 April 2017 (12 noon)

Final offers deadline to submit proposals into Proteus.

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Results published in Proteus. 


Ad-hoc ideas throughout the year

We are always keen to listen to ideas which fall outside the formal commissioning process. We have a flexible schedule which can respond quickly to topical and novel ideas.

In the first instance, if you have a specific idea for a World Service programme you should contact the Commissioning Editor before submitting proposals to Proteus.

Any resulting commission would be contracted on the Terms of trade.

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