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, by negotiating minimum terms agreements with organisations such as the BBC, by 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.
A committee of ten elected members runs the Group and 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.
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The Children's Media Foundation
We are newly supporting 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. It's 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.
From Page to Programme
On Thursday 28 February, the Society hosted two events solely about factual radio programmes rather than comedy and drama. The afternoon workshop was hosted by Patrick Humphries, an author and broadcaster with over 30 years' experience writing and presenting documentary programmes for BBC World Service, Radio 2 and Radio 4. Later Patrick hosted the panel discussion featuring Jane Ellison, Commissioning Editor BBC Radio 4 as well as two award-winning independent radio producers, David Prest of Whistledown Productions and Susan Marling of Just Radio. The speakers discussed wider trends of commissioning as well as the nitty-gritty of getting books, contributions, views and programmes on air.
- Read a selection of tweets and tips from the event
- Download the handout
- Download the list of production companies (in-house and independent) that supply readings for the BBC
- BBC Radio 4 Commissioning - What we want
Imison and Tinniswood Award winners announced
The winners were announced on Sunday 27 January at a ceremony in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House. The awards were presented by actor, David Tennant. The hashtag was #audioawards (click to read a selection of tweets from the evening).
In conjunction with the Society of Authors and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, the Imison and Tinniswood Awards were also announced and presented by distinguished screenwriter and author, Andrew Davies.
The Society of Authors' Imison Award
Best Radio Drama Script by a writer new to radio
Winner: Do You Like Banana, Comrades? by Csaba Székely
Society of Author’s Broadcasting Committee: Alison Joseph (Chair), Ruth Brandon, Lucy Caldwell, Christopher William Hill, Michelle Lipton, Karl Sabbagh, John Taylor, Colin Teevan, Jane Thynne and Elizabeth-Anne Wheal.
The Writers' Guild Tinniswood Award
Best Radio Drama Script
Winner: Kafka the Musical by Murray Gold
Judges: Meg Davis, Jonathan Myerson and Tim Stimpson.
Radio Drama Agreement
A new draft of the Radio Drama Agreement is now available and includes updated rates and new definitions of Public Service, Semi-Dramatised Narrations, transmissions on Radio 4 Extra, Podcasts, Duration Basis for Fees and credits for Audio Publication. It can be found here: Radio Drama Agreement
Connect with us
- Forthcoming Events
- Find us on Twitter @Soc_of_Authors
- Follow the Broadcasting Group Twitter list
- Join our members-only discussion forum on LinkedIn
- BBC Radio Drama Writers' Guidelines
- The Imison and Tinniswood Awards
- Our concerns with public service children's broadcasting