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).

Please also take a look at our Guidelines to taking pictures (PDF).


Commissioning round updates

The BBC World Service 2017/18 Commissioning Round

The next round will be launched on Friday 4 March.

Download the commissioning guidelines (PDF).


Friday 4 March – Tuesday 5 April (noon)

Time period in which to submit initial proposals into Proteus.

At this stage Commissioning Editors only require three line descriptions. Please use the short synopsis box only

Tuesday 26 April

Pre-offers results published in Proteus.

Tuesday 31 May (noon)

Final offers deadline to submit proposals into Proteus.

Early July

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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Simon Pitts

Assistant Editor, World Service English

Murray Holgate

Network Manager, World Service English