Wisebuddah wins Vanessa Feltz Show pitch

Wisebuddah has won the pitch to produce Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio 2 under the new Compete or Compare rules.

Other UK Indie radio producers are also celebrating in the latest BBC Radio 2 commissioning round, with Somethin’ Else getting The Blues Show and others retaining the Weekend Evening Music show, Folk Show and Pick of the Pops.

Overall seven shows were available in the round which was run according to the new ‘Compete or Compare’ process, underpinned in the BBC Charter, which will see a minimum of 60% of BBC Radio hours open to competition by 2022.

Will Jackson, RIG Managing Director told RadioToday: “We have always said our members can put in a compelling pitch for these shows and the results speak for themselves. Thanks to Tony Hall’s Compete or Compare process, Radio 2 listeners can now look forward to benefitting from a wider range of creative input into the Radio 2 schedule, including key slots such as early breakfast, and we look forward to more indie successes to come.”

Details of the Radio 2 commissioning round are:

Early Breakfast Show (Mon – Fri / 5 – 6.30am) / Vanessa Feltz – Wisebuddah win from BBC in-house
The Blues Show (Mon 7 – 8pm) – Somethin’ Else win from BBC in house
Weekend Evening Music Show (Sun 7 – 9pm) / Claudia Winkleman – retained by Wisebuddah
The Folk Show (Weds 7 – 8pm) – retained by 7 Digital
Pick Of The Pops (Sat 1 – 3pm) – retained by 7 Digital
The Country Show (Thurs 7 – 8pm) – retained by BBC in-house
Weekday Evening music show (Mon – Thurs / 8 – 10pm) / Jo Whiley – retained by BBC in-house

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  1. Derek Webster says

    Does the BBC really need an independent production company to make a radio programme like this? I remember when the late Ray Moore presented this slot. The feel and sense of imagination he had for the medium created something that was uniquely sound radio; Terry Wogan and Ken Bruce came from the same mould.
    If they employed a genuine radio presenter, capable of reflecting the mood of an audience at this time of day, rather than a heavily produced TV personality, wouldn’t it work out less costly?
    Vanessa Feltz must need extensive production support to get her through a ninety minute slot when there must be many strong and entertaining broadcasters available who can make good radio without all this fuss and expense.

    1. Joe Smith says

      Absolutely right.

      And what does it say for the state of the BBC if a so-called broadcasting corporation doesn’t have the capability of producing broadcasts without paying outsiders?

  2. Len Groat says

    More politically correct nonsense from their multi-million pound London headquarters.. and one reason why BBC Radio Two alone costs FIFTY MILLION pounds a year!

    Too many producers, too many London ‘pals’ getting the work, too many ‘tv personalities’ (and now politicians) who should NEVER be allowed near a mic in a radio studio!

    The sooner the BBC licence fee is removed the sooner they will have to use funds WISELY and prudently, and forget all this PC nonsense!

  3. Andy says

    All this does is make BBC staff unemployed and push their rolls to outside the BBC where they then have to re apply for their own jobs at a reduced rate of income

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