Radio 1 announces results from its commissioning rounds

BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra’s Commissioning Editor, Piers Bradford, has announced the results of the network commissioning rounds that saw independent production companies pitching against in-house BBC production to produce content across Radio 1.

As a result of the commissioning rounds 10% of the network's programming will now be produced by independent productions companies, whilst an additional 10% of programming was available through a window of creative competition (WoCC) – the opportunity for independent production companies to compete with in-house to make BBC programmes. This strategy is in line with the BBC Trust's review of independent production.

This process will contribute to BBC Audio & Music's target of having a 10% independent production quota and 10% WoCC across the whole of Audio & Music by 2012/13.

The programmes opened up to independent production companies include: The Rock Show, The Punk Show (as a pair); Radio 1 Review Show, Matt Edmondson Show (as a pair); Brand new Simulcast Idea - Saturday (0100 – 0300).

Those programmes opened up to independent production companies via the WoCC (Window Of Creative Competition) include: Radio 1 Stories – ongoing; Nihal, Toddla T, Benji B (as a group); Charlie Sloth, Friction (as a pair); Rob da Bank, Skream & Benga, Annie Nightingale (as a group).

The below production companies have been assigned the following shows as part of a very competitive commissioning round, and the new shows will broadcast from Monday 2 April 2012:

The Review Show and Matt Edmondson - Somethin' Else

The Rock Show and The Punk Show - Somethin' Else

Benji B, Nihal and Toddla T - TBI Media

Friction and Charlie Sloth - Radio 1 Production

Skream and Benga, Rob Da Bank and Annie Nightingale - Grape (in association with Unique)

The new Saturday night Simulcast show - TBI Media

TBI Media are to produce a cutting edge new music show which will simulcast on 1Xtra and broadcast on Saturday nights (1am–3am); full details about this will be revealed in the near future.

On the commissioning rounds, Piers Bradford said: "We have been through a tough process to try and deliver the best possible shows for our young audience. The level of passion and creativity demonstrated in the pitching process was brilliant to see - and a credit to both the Indie and in-house production teams. We are really excited about growing our relationship with some of our existing suppliers, as well as working with some brand new companies."

In New DJ’s We Trust, Essential Mix and Radio 1’s Residency will continue to be produced by Somethin’ Else Productions and Tim Westwood’s Saturday night show will continue to be produced by Justice.

Notes to Editors

The WoCC is the window of creative competition where both in-house and independent producers can compete to win BBC commissions to ensure that the best creative ideas reach our listeners.

March 5, 2012 1:39pm ET by BBC Radio 1   Comments (0)

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