Ideas from the public
Are you are in the right place? This page explains what to do if you are a member of the public with an idea for a new radio programme.
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Creating programmes for BBC Radio requires an in-depth understanding of the radio production process. Unfortunately the BBC doesn’t have the resources to support individuals in this process. Please see the other opportunities below.
Most BBC network radio stations are unable to accept unsolicited programme ideas so it is best to approach an independent production company or team with any programme ideas before contacting the BBC. An independent production company will have the necessary skills and experience to develop ideas and pitch them to the BBC.
Individuals can also contact Radio 4 in-house teams (PDF) who could potentially develop programme ideas for Radio 4 and the World Service.
Those with short story or script ideas should visit the BBC Writersroom website.
Working with an independent production company
There are many ways to find external radio independent production companies, a few of them are below:
- approach an organisation that represents independent production companies such as the Radio Independents Group (RIG) who are a representational organisation for UK based radio independent production companies or PACT, an industry body representing the media's independent sector.
- Broadcast is a weekly magazine for the TV and radio industry, which provides news on commissioning, production, facilities and technology, and is a useful point of reference.
- Listen to programmes on our networks similar to what you have an idea for as some networks (like Radio 4) say who produced the programme for the BBC and will credit the company at the end if it was made independently.
Remember to research upfront about the companies who produce the type of programmes that you have an idea for. On their websites they will say which genre they specialise in and anyone you can get in touch with. Also, check that the company you are approaching is able to, and wants to, pitch to the BBC.
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