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.
Radio 3's next major commissioning round, covering the non-drama speech strands (Sunday Feature, The Essay, Between the Ears) for April 2015- March 2016, will open on Tuesday September 9th 2014. There will be a open morning on Thursday 11th September (Broadcasting House, London) for Independandant companies registered on Radio database.
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
You can also find a glossary of frequently used terms for the BBC radio commissioning process on the FAQ page.
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.
Programmes for Radio 3 should be delivered in accordance with the Radio 3 delivery guidelines (see downloads section on this page).
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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