BBC Radio and RIG agree new terms of trade

The BBC and the Radio Independents Group (RIG) have announced new terms of trade for the commissioning of independent productions, following talks which have run in parallel with the BBC’s discussions with independent TV producers through PACT.

The agreement between the BBC with RIG, which represents the interests of the UK’s independent radio production companies, enables the BBC to provide greater access to content for the licence-fee payer and the independent sector to provide broader opportunities for audiences to find the programmes they love on commercial platforms.

The newly agreed framework includes the extension of BBC iPlayer’s free-to-air catch-up window from seven to 30 days, subject to approval by the BBC Trust, giving listeners more time to catch up on BBC programming. It also allows greater opportunities BBC Radio to broadcast programmes again within the licence period.

It will allow the BBC to increase its podcast and archive offer to listeners, while also offering the independent community commercial opportunities around the creation of video content and commercial websites aligned to radio programmes.

John Moran, BBC’s Head of Commercial Business Development, Rights and Business Affairs for BBC Radio and Music commented: “This deal is good news for listeners and radio indies. It allows the BBC to offer listeners more opportunities to hear new programmes they love and explore the archive, and radio independents the ability to better exploit the commercial value of their programmes across all platforms.”

Phil Critchlow, Chairman of RIG, said: “The UK's independent radio production sector produce some of the most creative and loved programmes on BBC radio. This is a good deal for radio indies in enabling better exploitation of their programme on all platforms globally and building a collaborative creative partnership with the BBC.”

DTG Staff  |  21.10.2013

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