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Radio 3


The remit of Radio 3 is to offer a mix of music and cultural programming in order to engage and entertain its audience. Around its core proposition of classical music, its speech-based programming should inform and educate the audience about music and culture. Jazz, world music, drama, the arts and ideas, and religious programming should feature in its output.
The station should appeal to listeners of any age seeking to expand their cultural horizons through engagement with the world of music and the arts. 

More information on the remit for Radio 3 can be found here.

Commissioning round updates  

Results of Radio 3's Commissioning Round 1 for 2015/16 (Drama on 3)

The results of Radio 3's Commissioning Round 1 for 2015/16 (Drama on 3) are now available on Proteus - brief feedback on proposals can be found there.
Radio 3 Head of Speech, Matthew Dodd will be happy to discuss the feedback on any of your offers.
Please remember that all commissions are conditional on budgetary, delivery and editorial agreement, and that no commitment should be made, or money spent until they are contracted.  
If you have any problems with the commissioning system, or questions regarding procedure, please do not hesitate to contact David Ireland ( or on 020 7765 4943. 

Commissioning Round 2 for 2015/16 (other speech strands):

The results of Radio 3's Commissioning Round 2 for 2015/16 (Sunday Feature, The Essay, Between the Ears and Specials) are now available on Proteus - brief feedback on all your proposals can be found there.

Many thanks for all your hard work - there was – as always - a very high standard of offers and the final decisions were not easy.  Please get in touch with Matthew Dodd if you require any clarification to the feedback.
Please remember that all commissions are conditional on budgetary, delivery and editorial agreement, and that no commitment should be made, or money spent, until they are contracted. 

Will all those who have received commissions for 2015/16 please get in touch with Matthew Dodd in due course, to arrange a conversation to take them further.  These conversations must take place before the programmes can be contracted, although obviously this is most urgent for those programmes scheduled at the beginning of the financial year (April 2015).  These meetings will include discussion of editorial issues and any possible online dimensions, as well as the timetable for development and future communication with the commissioning editor.    If you have any concerns about being able to deliver in time for the transmission dates indicated in the feedback, please contact us immediately, as in some cases, the commission may depend on these dates.  Please also email to agree the price for the commission, as given in the feedback.


Commissioning process

Radio 3's schedule includes a number of long-running strands which are not usually re-commissioned annually. The station usually holds two commissioning rounds each year - one for Drama on 3 and The Wire (opening in May 2013) and the other for the remaining strands available for commission (opening in September). These include Sunday Feature, Music Feature, Between the Ears, The Essay and special events. Please see below for full details of the rounds.

If you wish to hear details regarding the Radio 3 commissioning rounds, you will need to be part of the Radio Independent Supplier Database and indicate that you wish to hear details about Radio 3 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 the main commissioning rounds and for special tenders.

When a commissioning round opens, editorial briefs, including guide-prices and durations, are sent out to registered suppliers and eligible in-house departments. During the commissioning round, producers are strongly recommended to discuss ideas with the relevant commissioning editor. After offers have been submitted, and the results have been communicated, editorial and budgetary discussions take place around the shortlisted commissions before final confirmation.

The commissioning editors are happy to meet producers and discuss ideas throughout the year, however we will usually only be able to give a general steer in advance of the formal rounds


Further Information

You can also find a glossary of frequently used terms for the BBC radio commissioning process on the FAQ page.

Getting In Touch

Initial enquiries should be directed to David Ireland,
Commissions & Schedules Manager
Phone: (020) 7765 4943
Email: David Ireland

Information about contractual and legal aspects of commissioning can be found on the Radio Business Affairs website along with the complaints procedure for independent producers.

Delivery Process

Programmes for Radio 3 should be delivered in accordance with the Radio 3 delivery guidelines (see downloads section on this page).

Want to find out more about BBC Radio 3?

If you would like to know more about BBC Radio 3 programmes, content and schedules, please visit the Radio 3 station website. 




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