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.
Please see on the right hand side under downloads the Commissioning guidelines for Sunday Feature, Between the Ears, The Essay and Specials on Radio 3 for financial year 2014/15. Radio 3 will not be commissioning the Music Feature in this round.
All proposals should be submitted on the Commissioning website using the following specifications:
Brief reference no: as on each of the guidelines
Closing date and time: PRE-OFFERS, 12 noon Tuesday 22th October 2013,
FULL OFFERS (where and when requested), 12 noon, Thursday 12th December 2013.
Pre-offers should be a maximum of 200 words in the short synopsis box only - please do not use the full synopsis for these. But please do include a realistic bottom-line budget in the notes field and a realistic delivery date.
The decision on whether we would like pre-offers to be further developed will be announced on the site on 5th November - and should you have pre-offers which we would like developed, you are then encouraged to arrange a meeting or phone conversation with Matthew Dodd, to develop those ideas. Please send notes on all ideas before such a meeting (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) and please contact Margaret Mills (mailto:email@example.com) to arrange them.
Although we don’t require hard copies of the offers themselves, where necessary you should send any supporting material to Margaret Mills, 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.
For full offers, 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. Please resubmit your amended pre-offers rather than creating a new document. We don’t need a full breakdown of budgets at this stage, but please ensure that the “bottom-line” figure is a realistic estimate and is entered in the working supplier notes field. 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 full offers, in the form of acceptance on to a shortlist, or rejection, will be on the system by Friday 30th January 2014. Once the editorial brief and budget have been finally agreed, contracts will be issued by 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 (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) or call on 020 7765 4943.
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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