Radio Indies respond to Tony Hall speech
Independent radio production companies today responded to the speech given by BBC DG Tony Hall, in which he proposed wide-ranging changes in TV commissioning, removing quotas and allowing BBC Production to compete to make programmes for other networks.
Radio Independents Group Chair Phil Critchlow: “Tony Hall has today said: ‘competition should go beyond television production, can we extend competitive access for independent producers in radio, if that will mean broader choice and better ideas?’ – The independent radio sector’s answer is empathically ‘yes’.
“Indie radio producers based across the UK have a proven track record creatively, and are more than ready to contribute world class ideas, with the competitively priced resources needed to deliver them.
“Regardless of the state of the overall radio market, as far as the BBC is concerned more creative competition from both external suppliers, as well as a healthy in house production base, will be a creatively powerful, and cost effective approach to bringing the widest possible range of stories, ideas, perspectives and talent to the Licence Fee Payer.”