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 wish to hear details regarding 6 Music commissioning rounds, you will need to be part of the Radio Independent Supplier Database and indicate that you wish to hear details about 6 Music and its strands.
If you are an independent company wishing to join the list, please complete a Pro Forma (see downloads section) and email it to Radio Commissioning Enquiries who can set you up on the system. All interested suppliers will receive copies of the guidelines for commissioning rounds, and for special tenders.
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 come up for renewal they are put out for tender.
If you wish to hear details regarding the 6 Music commissioning rounds, you will need to be part of the Radio Independent Supplier Database and indicate that you wish to hear details about Radio 2 and its strands.
If you are an independent company wishing to join the list, please complete a Pro Forma (see downloads section) and email it to Radio Commissioning Enquiries who can set you up on the system. All interested suppliers will receive copies of the guidelines for each commissioning round, held in spring and summer/early autumn, and for special tenders.
For each commissioning round, the network issues guidelines for prospective producers / production companies, which outline the available slots, editorial aspirations and guide prices
The commissioning process involves submission of proposals via Proteus. Proposals should include a short synopsis paragraph followed by a more detailed explanation of the idea and treatment being proposed. After the closing date there will be a shortlisting period where producers may be asked to discuss their idea further. Once the shortlisting period is complete and offers have been discussed, proposals will either be conditionally commissioned or rejected. Budgets will then be agreed.
We would encourage you to talk to the network - Robert Gallacher (Editor, Planning & Station Sound) - 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.
You can also find a glossary of frequently used terms for the BBC radio commissioning process on the FAQ page.
It is vital that all programmes comply with the relevant statutory and regulatory provisions. If you have a programme compliance issue and are not sure if it falls in the realms of editorial policy, programme legal advice, business affairs or elsewhere please contact Fergus Dudley(Editor, Compliance Radio 2 and 6 Music). You can find further information on the Compliance page of this website.
Full information useful to prospective programme-makers (including information on underlying Rights, contractual and legal aspects of commissioning, Health & Safety requirements and the BBC's complaints procedure) are set out on the Business Affairs page of this website and it is advisable to look this over before submitting a proposal.
Budgets for independent companies who receive conditional commissions are negotiated with the Radio Independent Productions Team. The Radio Independent Productions team support all of the BBC's national radio stations in financial activities associated with contracting Independent productions.
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.
Paul Rodgers, Editor, 6 Music, is responsible for the day-to-day running of the network.
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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