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Terms & Conditions

Entering the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award 2019? You need to read these first...

The BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award is a talent search organised by BBC Studios Comedy to find the next generation of comedy (including stand-up, sketch, musical and character comedy) stars.


Eligibility

1. The talent search is open to any person aged 18 or over as at 17th April 2019.

2. Applicants for the talent search must meet the following criteria:

i) you must not have been performing regularly on the circuit for more than five years; and
ii) To enter, you must have at least five minutes of un-broadcast material; and
iii) you must not have used this material on radio or television; and
iv) you must demonstrate an appreciation of comedy and a serious commitment to developing as a comedian; and
v) You must not have been a FINALIST in the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award (formerly known as the BBC Radio New Comedy Award) 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018.

3. All applicants for the talent search must be a resident and permitted to work in the United Kingdom for at least the period 17th April 2019 – 31st October 2019.

4. Employees of the BBC and/or its subsidiaries are not permitted to enter the talent search.

5. The BBC reserves the rights to refuse any application for the talent search at its sole discretion and is not required to give any reason for such refusal and shall have no liability for any loss arising from such refusal.

Application Process

6. All applicants for the talent search must complete a web application form at www.bbc.co.uk/comedyaward.

7. To enter the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award, all applicants need to fill in a form hosted on the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award website www.bbc.co.uk/comedyaward and upload a 5-minute piece of their own original, un-broadcast audio. If applicants have any issues using the online application with built in uploader, they can email the file directly to radio4comedyaward@bbc.co.uk. Recordings of routines longer than five minutes will be disqualified.

Applications open on Wednesday 17th April 2019 and close again on Thursday 9th May 2019. Please contact us if you have special requirements for delivery by emailing radio4comedyaward@bbc.co.uk or calling 08000 156 775 (calls are free from landlines and mobiles).

8. All applications with accompanying audio must be received by 23.59 on Thursday 9th May 2019. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. The BBC reserves the right to extend the closing date as it may deem necessary.

9. Only one application per person will be accepted. The first valid submission will be accepted. Any subsequent submissions will be disqualified.

10. In order to ensure that the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award is open to a wide range of potential comedians the BBC may, at its sole discretion, actively approach potential applicants and invite them to apply.

11. You will receive an email notification to acknowledge receipt of your application form. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, extended feedback will not be possible for each applicant.

12. All eligible applications will be assessed by BBC Studios Comedy and successful applicants will be notified in the fortnight commencing 3rd June 2019.

13. The BBC reserves the right to notify applicants of further BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award terms and conditions during the assessment process.

14. The information you provide will be kept confidential by the BBC and BBC Studios and will only be used for the purposes of administering the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award (including to consider your suitability to take part) and to fulfil any applicable statutory, regulatory or compliance obligations. BBC and BBC Studios will process and store your personal data, including your contribution, securely and in accordance with data protection and privacy laws.

We may collect sensitive information, such as details of your medical conditions, where it is either relevant in the context of the programme, or where we have a lawful reason to do so (for example, to assess your fitness to participate in the show).

15. The entry form is hosted and provided by a third party supplier on behalf of the BBC, Monterosa. Your personal data will generally be restricted to relevant members of the programme’s production team and crew and, where necessary, we may also share information with other BBC or BBC Studios staff and the Commissioning Broadcaster, with our professional advisors, and from time to time with other programmes that may have an interest in your contribution. Only the names of entrants of shortlisted, commended and winning acts will be disclosed to the public.

The BBC and BBC Studios will retain your details and your contribution to maintain an accurate record of the award and for the purposes of administering future awards. If you are not shortlisted, we will securely destroy your personal data no later than 6 months after the application closing date and, in any event, when it is no longer required and we will not use it for any other purpose. Any personal data held by Monterosa will be deleted at the end of the competition.

16. Please feel free to ask questions about what happens to the information provided in the application form or let us know if you would like to withdraw your entry by contacting us at radio4comedyaward@bbc.co.uk.

For more information about how the BBC and BBC Studios uses your personal data and your rights, visit www.bbc.co.uk/contributors/privacy-notice

Heats Process

15. The BBC will invite successful applicants for the talent search to the heats to perform five minutes maximum of original material to a judging panel and live audience.

16. The heats will be judged on:
i) originality of material; and
ii) quality of writing; and
iii) performance and delivery; and
iv) audience engagement.

17. The winner of each heat will receive a place in the semi-final.

18. Heats will take place between Monday 24th June 2019 and Tuesday 18th July 2019 at venues in London, Leicester, Manchester and Cardiff. There will be ten places available at each venue, and five heats overall.

19. The winner of each heat will go through to the semi-final.

20. A minimum of one runner-up will be chosen by the judges from each heat. At the end of all the heats the judges will choose their favourite runners-up to go straight through to the semi-finals.

21. Highlights from each of the heats will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

22. Each contender will be required to perform five minutes maximum of original material which the BBC will edit, at its sole discretion, for broadcast purposes.

23. The BBC will endeavour but does not guarantee to offer successful applicants the opportunity to participate in a heat at the venue nearest to them.

24. Attendance at the heats and semi-finals is solely at applicants own cost and risk. The BBC will not reimburse travel expenses incurred to attend any heat or semi-finals.
Semi-finals

25. Successful runners up from the heats will be notified on or after Wednesday 17th July 2019. A minimum of two runner ups across all heats will go through to each semi-final.

26. The semi-finals will be recorded on Sunday 4th August and Wednesday 7th August 2019 in Edinburgh and broadcast as two programmes on BBC Radio 4 Extra with five contenders in each programme.

27. Each contender will be required to perform seven minutes maximum of original material which the BBC will edit, at its sole discretion, for broadcast purposes.

28. The judging panel at the semi-finals will choose a minimum of two acts from each semi-final who will go forward to the final.

Final

29. The final will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 15th August 2019 from Edinburgh.

30. The final will contain a minimum of five finalists, who will each perform up to six minutes of material.

31. Once all entrants have performed, the judging panel will decide the winner.
Prize

32. The winner of the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award will receive £1,000 and a 15 minute audio script commission from BBC Studios Comedy.

All five finalists will be offered development support from BBC Studios Comedy with the opportunity to present to networks across the BBC to consider for broadcast, as well as development advice and guidance from the BBC Studios Comedy department and a chance to appear in other slots across the BBC.

33. The BBC reserves the right to alter and/or withdraw the prize at any time for one of equal or greater value.

34. Rights Granted

Applications

All applications become the property of the BBC except rights in and to the original comedy material. All applicants grant the BBC a royalty-free licence to use any material submitted and /or performed by them in any media throughout the Universe for the purposes of the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award and to use information supplied by each applicant.

Competition Material

It is a condition of entry to the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award that each contributor grants to BBC Studios Productions for the full period of copyright and any extensions, renewals the sole and exclusive right to exploit material from all stages of the competition in all media throughout the Universe.

Post-competition Material

BBC Studios shall have an exclusive first look option over any development projects, for all broadcast media be it audio, television or online, from the date of announcement of the winning finalist

i) In the case of the winning finalist for a period of 12 months
ii) In the case of unsuccessful finalists for a period of 4 months

BBC Studios shall have the exclusive right to formally commission any development project within 6 months from the date of notification of such project.

BBC Studios shall provide the finalist with written notice of its intention to commission such material within 6 months and the parties shall enter into negotiations to agree terms. If no such notification is received finalists are free to offer the development project to third parties.

Miscellaneous

35. The BBC reserves the right to use the audio and audio-visual material submitted and from each stage of the talent search in any of its output, whether published online, broadcast of television or radio, or used on red button services.

36. By entering the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award each applicant warrants that:

i) his/her material is wholly original and does not infringe the rights of any other person or parties;
ii) no material submitted or performed will be defamatory or obscene or likely to bring the BBC into disrepute; and
iii) all material submitted or performed will be suitable for broadcast on BBC Radio, BBC Television, BBC Red Button and BBC Online.

37. The BBC reserves the right to reject any entry which is illegible, inaudible, arrives after the closing date, is submitted by an ineligible applicant or for any other reason at its sole discretion.

38. All applicants agree to undertake all reasonable press and publicity as may be required by the BBC including, without limitation, audio and audio-visual interviews.

39. The decisions of the judges and the BBC are final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

40. The BBC reserves the right to alter and/or cancel the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award or any element of the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award at its sole discretion and shall have no liability for any loss arising.

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