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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  

Radio 3 Drama commissioning round - CLOSED

The Radio 3 commissioning brief is now available to download.

All proposals should be submitted via Proteus using the following specifications:

Year 20142015, Commissioning Round 1, Brief reference no. 31242 (Drama on 3), closing date and time: 12 noon, Thursday 24 July 2014.

We will not be operating a pre-offers system for this round, but you are encouraged to discuss offers in advance with Matthew Dodd, Head of Speech Programming, either by email or in person (through Rebecca Short on 0207 765 4603). In recent years the vast majority of successful proposals have been raised in advance so we encourage you to take advantage of this procedure but please do not leave all your enquiries to the last minute. The Commissioning Editor is unlikely to be able to offer feedback on offers sent only a few days before the closing date.

Although we don’t require hard copies of the offers themselves, where necessary you should send any supporting material (scripts, examples of previous work etc) to Matthew Dodd clearly indicating on the online offer exactly what has been sent. Please also label such material with the title of the offer, commissioning brief and return address details and complete and attach the enclosed supporting material inventory. 

Please ensure that a brief summary of the offer is included in the 'short synopsis' section of the proposal as well as full details in the 'synopsis' box. We don’t need a full breakdown of budgets but at the point of commission a formal price offer will be made based on your estimate so please ensure that this is realistic and that it is entered in the 'Notes' field. This is very important. Please also take care to enter a realistic delivery date on your offers as we will use this during the commissioning process to draw up a draft schedule.

Feedback to offers, in the form of acceptance on to a shortlist or rejection, will be on the system by the end of Thursday 9 October 2014. Once the editorial brief and budget have been finally agreed contracts will be issued by the Radio Commercial and Legal Affairs Department. No work should be undertaken until the contract has been received. 

If you have any problems with the commissioning system or questions regarding procedure please do not hesitate to contact David Ireland by email or on 020 7765 4943. We look forward to reading proposals.

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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