Apply for Radio 3’s Next Generation Voices

Radio 3, the BBC’s classical and culture station, is looking for a new generation of speech contributors and presenters. Do you have a passion for classical music and a desire to share your interest with a broad audience?

Together with the BBC Academy, BBC Radio 3 is holding a free media familiarisation day which will offer an introduction to the station, practical experiences in a radio studio, as well as masterclasses with experienced programme-makers.

We’re particularly looking to reflect the diversity of Britain’s cultural life, and gain different points of view and insights to enrich our programming, so we would welcome applicants from an ethnic minority background.

We are especially keen to hear from people from across the UK who can add original and contemporary perspectives to our programmes, so wherever you live we strongly encourage you to apply. 

If you are interested and you can also be at BBC Broadcasting House, London, W1A 1AA on Monday 18 March 2019, then we want to hear from you.

How to apply

You'll need to send an email to nextgenvoices@bbc.co.uk with:

  • your CV
  • a link to a short film of no more than two minutes in duration, in which you introduce yourself and talk about a piece of music which has a special meaning for you (see details below)
  • personal details (as listed in the application checklist below)
  • answers to the application questions (as listed in the application checklist below)

Application checklist

Please send an email containing the following:

1. Personal details:

  • name
  • mobile phone number
  • email address
  • job title (in lay person’s terms, clarify what your job involves)

2. A link to your two-minute video on YouTube or similar of yourself talking about a piece of music that has particular significance to you. Please start your video by saying your name and your job, then tell us what the piece of music is and why it has an important place in your life.

The film should be very straightforward and can be as simple as a friend recording you on a smartphone.

We’re not looking for expertise in film-making but do make sure that you can be clearly heard.

The video should be uploaded to YouTube or similar (but not WeTransfer) and sent as a link in your entry email. You can find advice on how to make your film further down this page.

3. Your CV as an attachment.

Please name your CV file in the following format: firstnamesurname_CV

4. The following sentence, deleted as applicable (see privacy policy, at the bottom of this page).

I do/don’t give the BBC Academy my permission to share my details with other BBC producers.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 3 February 2019.

Successful applicants will be notified by 25 February.

Due to the number of potential applications, we regret we can’t respond if you haven’t been successful.

Please note that the BBC is unable to refund any expenses incurred in applying for or attending the day.

So we can see your film

We need you to upload your film to a video-hosting site and send us the link. A simple way to do this is via YouTube. You’ll need a Gmail account in order to set up a YouTube account. (Please note that YouTube and Gmail are separate third-parties that aren’t affiliated to the BBC. You’ll therefore be subject to their third-party terms and conditions.) Please don’t use WeTransfer as your video will only be viewable for a very short period of time.

The privacy setting on your entry video must be set as either public or unlisted in order for us to view your film once you have sent us the link.

Please send us a link to your film in your entry email (see guidance below on sharing your video if you're unsure where the link is).

How to upload a video

See the following links on:

Creating a YouTube account

Uploading videos

Privacy settings

Sharing your video (please select the link to your video and send it to us in your entry email)

How we'll choose the delegates for this event

A panel of experts from the BBC Academy and BBC Radio 3 will view all the material submitted and select delegates based on the following criteria:

  • communication skills
  • your potential as on-air talent
  • relevance and audience awareness

We'll contact you by 25 February if you've been selected. We regret that we aren't able to contact you if you have not been successful.

The judges’ decision will be final and we won't be able to give you individual feedback or enter into any correspondence.

We'll take up references before confirming the final delegates and the people on the waiting list.

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