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Broadcasting Group

John Taylor, Broadcasting Group Chair

John Taylor, Broadcasting Group Chair.

The Broadcasting Group represents all Society members and associates working in radio and TV broadcast within the UK and, where possible, abroad. We are pleased to administer the Imison Radio Award. We also co-administer the Tinniswood Radio Award with the Writers' Guild.

About the Group

The main purpose of the Broadcasting Group is to support members and associates by: providing professional advice;  negotiating minimum terms agreements with organisations such as the BBC;  promoting legislation for the benefit of members; and by holding seminars and meetings on matters of concern to broadcasting writers.

To be eligible for membership of the Group you need to have written and had broadcast at least two scripts for radio or television of at least twenty minutes’ duration. Please email Jo McCrum  with details of your production(s) if you would like to join. As with all the Society’s subsidiary groups there is no additional joining fee.


The Committee

A committee of ten elected members runs the Group (John Taylor (Chair), Ruth Brandon, Christopher William Hill, Marcy Kahan, Annette Kobak, Michelle Lipton, Jane Thynne, Stephen Wakelam, Mike Walker and Elizabeth-Anne Wheal). Their term of office lasts for three years.

Any Broadcasting Group member can apply for a position on the committee provided that they have the support of two members. The Chair is elected by the members of the committee.

The Broadcasting Group Secretary is Jo McCrum.

Broadcasting Group Noticeboard

BBC Radio 4 Launches Opening Lines 2015

Opening Lines 2015, the annual new writing series which gives emerging short story writers their radio debut, will be accepting submissions from Monday 5 January - Friday 13 February 2015.

They are inviting writers new to radio to send them a 2,000 word short story and the three strongest stories submitted within this period will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the summer of 2015.

The three successful writers will be invited to London for an afternoon in Broadcasting House to see their stories being recorded. BBC Radio 4 will also publish a selection of the best stories received on the Opening Lines website.

Download the Submission Guidelines

Download the Submission Form

Please note: BBC Radio 4 cannot accept submissions from agents, only from individual writers.


Broadcasting Survey

We would like to offer a resource for members on rates offered to writers by TV, film and radio producers. If you’ve been interviewed on a specialist subject, had a work licensed for use, acted as a consultant or contributed in any medium we’d like to hear about your experiences – good and bad. Please complete this survey. All responses will be strictly confidential.


BBC  R4 and 4Extra Staffing

Jane Ellison has been appointed to a new role as Head of Creative Partnership Delivery with Mohit Bakaya  taking on the role of Commissioning Editor, Factual. Mohit's remit will include Narrative Histories, 15’ Features and weekday 28’ Features.  

Tony Phillips, Commissioning Editor, Arts (who is also Commissioning Editor, World Service) has taken on the Saturday 1030 Feature slot.

Caroline Raphael (Commissioning Editor Comedy and Fiction, BBC Radio 4 and Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 4 Extra)  will leave the BBC next spring. The BBC are advertising the Comedy position as a part-time post.

R4 and 4Extra controller Gwyneth Williams has direct responsibility for Book of the Week.

Plans for Book at Bedtime and Short Readings in due course are yet to be confirmed.


BBC contributor payments

The BBC has informed us that, following planned upgrades to their SAP business and payments system, they will be unable to process any contributor payments (or pay any invoices) between 2 - 12 January 2015. Contracts raised between 2 and 12 January 2015 will be brought forward to be paid immediately before the systems upgrade. Email Mark.Chapman-Rights@bbc.co.uk if you have any queries.


The Children's Media Foundation

We support The Children's Media Foundation who are dedicated to ensuring the UK children have the best possible choice, range and quality of media available to them. Its role is to bring together the children's media industry, the research community, parents and policy makers in a deeper understanding of the issues around children and their media activity. It supports research projects, and media literacy initiatives, runs an All Party Group to inform Parliamentarians about the latest research, and lobbies for greater support for children's media made in the UK.


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