Unique, a 7digital production company, will take on production duties for BBC Radio 3’s Monday Night jazz programme following a competitive tender process.
BBC Radio 3 has commissioned the new shows to begin in April 2016.
Alyn Shipton, Executive Producer for Unique, commented: “We are all very excited by this opportunity to bring the best of contemporary jazz to BBC Radio 3, both from Britain and the rest of the world. We hope to satisfy existing fans of jazz, and also draw in plenty of new listeners to music we are passionate about and committed to supporting. We look forward to the work ahead.”
Simon Cole, CEO of 7digital, added: “This is an important commission for us as we have declared our intention to specialise in the music production and curation skills that have been our hallmark. The opportunity to work with the BBC on so many varied music formats at a time when the industry is at such a point of change is tremendously exciting.”
This comes along with the news that the team has also won a competitive tender that will have it continue production of the Sunday Morning programme for BBC Radio 3, a show Unique has been producing since 2012.
Unique produced BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Library for five years, as well as several series of Jazz File. The team has also produced the BBC Radio 2 Jazz Awards for two years, along with six series of BBC Radio 2’s Live at the Stables with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, and three series with Moira Stuart for BBC Radio 2, looking at the lives of female jazz singers (Strong and Sassy), male jazz artists (Kings of Cool) and a series on jazz guitarists (Jazz Guitar Greats).
Beyond jazz, 7digital production companies Unique and Smooth Operations handle numerous one-off and series commissions for the BBC across a variety of genres.