Big ideas wanted at Festival

Freelancers will get a rare chance to pitch programme ideas straight to commissioners from two national radio networks at this year's Radio Festival in Salford.

The Radio Academy is looking for the industry's next big talent and is asking for submissions of ideas in advance of the Festival next month.

The 10 best will then be asked to present their pitch in person to either BBC Radio 5 Live's Jonathan Wall or GMG Radio's Mark Matthews. They'll be handing out commissions for the best ideas on the day.

The competition's open to freelancers, individuals and students – you can't be an independent production company or an in-house producer from the BBC or GMG. To be in with the chance of being shortlisted, just email your idea to the Radio Academy by Monday 18 October 2010. The 10 best will be shortlisted and given the chance to pitch to the judges and stand a chance of getting their idea on air.

The Radio's Got Talent pitching session will take place in the Radio Festival's Cafe (Hexagon Room in the Lowry Theatre) during the lunch break on Tuesday 19th Oct at 12.45pm.

Trevor Dann, Director of the Radio Academy said: "This is a great opportunity for people with ideas to be talent-spotted and get their work developed and aired on national radio. These chances don't come along too often so I'd urge anyone with a brilliant programme idea to send it in… it could be the lucky break you're after!"

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