Radio 1 offers up new show slot to independent producers

By | Published on Friday 16 December 2011

Radio 1

Radio 1 has announced it is stepping up its commitment to working with independent programme producers, and hopes to make it easier for out-of-house production companies to compete with the in-house production team.

To that end, various off-peak shows will be put up for tender in the new year, so independent producers can bid to produce those programmes. Ideas will also be taken for a brand new specialist show, which will likely feature new presenting talent, and which will air on both Radio 1 and 1Xtra in a Saturday overnight slot.

Says Radio 1 chief Ben Cooper: “The exciting new line-up of talent that we announced last week should provide programme makers with inspiration for new and creative ideas, and I’m really looking forward to hearing what ideas the indie sector come up with for the brand new show – it’s a completely blank canvas, so a real opportunity for creativity and a fresh approach”.