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1 Welcome to the BBC Radio 4 & 4 Extra Readings Tender Briefing 19 November 2012

2 Denis Nowlan Network Manager

3 READINGS TENDERS 2013 TIMETABLE 19 April Guidelines published 27 June Submissions deadline Late July Results Short Readings

4 Book of the Week Book at Bedtime 4 Extra Short Readings (indies) 5 JulyGuidelines published 12 SepSubmissions deadline Late OctResults

5 ANNUAL AVAILABLE BUSINESS Book of the Week programmes - 52 commissions Short Readings programmes - 50 commissions Book at Bedtime- 260 programmes - 26 commissions 4 Extra Short Readings - 25 programmes - 5 commission s

6 TENDER PERIODS Radio 4 Extra short readings Nov March 2014 Radio 4 strands 2 years April March 2016

7 Entering a proposal Detailed requirements will be set out in the tender documents. These will be published on the BBC commissioning website on the dates shown above. You will be asked to submit examples of relevant work via a file-sharing service. Examples should have been produced within 4 years prior to the start of the tender. They need not have been broadcast on Radio 4 or 4 Extra.

8 Emma Trevelyan Senior Commercial Legal and Business Affairs Manager

9 Presenters/ Interviewees/ Narrators/ Voiceovers Narrator (acting performance): 2 transmissions on BBCs analogue networks, Primary New Media Rights, with further repeats (including on BBC Digital Radio Services) and uses to be clearable in accordance with BBCs collective agreements with Equity. The Producer is required to add the following wording in its contracts with any Actors it engages for the Programme: The BBC may also use the recording(s) of the Artist's performance hereunder in accordance with the terms of any agreement between the BBC and Equity which may for the time being be in force and applicable. Narrator (simple narration): As per General Term 6.2

10 WritersSource Material: 2 transmissions on BBCs analogue networks, Primary New Media Rights, repeats on BBC Digital Radio Services for 5 years from first analogue broadcast with further repeats and uses to be clearable in accordance with BBCs collective agreements with the Publishers Association Commissioned Material: 2 transmissions on BBCs analogue networks, Primary New Media Rights, unlimited repeats on BBC Digital Radio Services for 5 years from first analogue broadcast with further repeats and uses to be clearable in accordance with BBCs [radio terms and conditions for commissioning abridgements/ short stories [in use at the date of this Programme Production Agreement].

11 Michael Davis Head Of Finance

12 Chris Hutchings Research Manager

13 Chris Hutchings: Research Manager, Radio 4, 4 Extra and A&Mi November 2012 Readings on Radio 4

14 A story in three parts… Chapter 1. Media habits. Chapter 2. Radio 4s performance. Chapter 3. Readings on Radio 4.

15 Chapter 1. Media habits.

16 With growing device ownership, the way we engage with media is evolving.

17 Chapter 2. Radio 4s performance.

18 Key Radio 4 numbers… 10.8m Weekly reach 12.5% Share 11:48 Av. hours Source: RAJAR Q / BBC Pulse Panel YTD 2012

19 And two key digital numbers… 959k Unique browsers 9.4m Downloads Source: RAJAR Q / BBC Pulse Panel Q1-Q3 2012

20 Chapter 3. Readings on Radio 4.

21 Radio 4s typical audience flow. Source: RAJAR Q Book of the week Book at bedtime 000s Short Stories (fri) Short Stories (sun)

22 Whos tuning in? Source: RAJAR Q (12 month weight)

23 Whos tuning in? (all radio) Source: RAJAR Q (12 month weight)

24 How do the numbers tuning in compare to past years? Source: RAJAR Q – Q s

25 And in terms of their share of hours… Source: RAJAR Q – Q %

26 What do the audience think about our readings? Source: BBC Pulse Panel

27 In their own words… A fascinating book perfectly read. A good choice once again, would be interesting to find out how the programme makers find their books. Beautifully read. Amazing writing. Amazing performance. It seemed to be quite repetitive. Her voice is off-putting, rather dribbly. Dull and predictable. It has gone on FAR too long. It is into it's THIRD week. Not many significant plot developments. Very interesting good enough to close my eyes and imagine I was there. Sort of thing Radio 4 does so well. Delightful story. beautifully read. More-more-more. Yet another excellent entertaining interesting and enjoyable episode of a good story. Very well read and thought provoking. An excellent choice of reader. He conveyed the atmosphere ideally. Source: BBC Pulse Panel

28 The End.

29 Caroline Raphael Commissioning Editor, Comedy, Radio 4 and Commissioning Editor, Radio 4 Extra

30 Précis of Book at Bedtime Presentation November 2012 This is a long standing strand on BBC Radio 4 and the home of abridged fiction readings. 1n 12/13 we broadcast 29 titles made by 5 BBC departments and 4 Independents. The books fell into 4 categories. THE CLASSICS: we broadcast 5 of those in this financial year. They are not difficult to suggest and most good radio producers with experience of working with actors could provide those. THE OBSCURE CLASSIC: we broadcast 2 of those. You need to be a real reader to find this sort of thing. But all in the public domain if you know where to look for them. SLOW BURNERS: we broadcast 2 of these. These are the books that we dont do on publication. We may well have just not noticed them on publication; they wont get a lot of reviews or a big marketing push. But you start to see people reading them, talking about them, lending to their friends etc. At this stage we may decide to do them. PASSION PROJECTS: we did 1 of these this year. All readings producers have a favourite book or two that they would love to produce. There is no particular reason to do it...they just love it. And from time to time we do them! So far thats 10 titles. About a third of the slot. And the third that almost all producers could supply well as all the titles were in the public domain already. The two key areas that we are most interested in for the tender are the following. NEW WRITERS OR EMERGING WRITERS ON PUBOICATION and WORK BY WELL KNOWN WRITERS ON PUBLICATION. These books are rarely in the catalogues when we first start reading them or commissioning them. They may not even be in final proof. The producers get these texts because of their relationships with literary agents, with publishers, with the marketing directors of the publishing houses, with the Press Office at the publisher…sometimes because they have a working relationship with the writer themselves. We do these books on publication because it is great for the listeners and because it makes the network feel connected to the cultural world beyond Radio 4. Each of the suppliers have produced at least two books that fall into this category and every supplier produced a book by someone not well known or a first time novelist at the point of broadcast. What we broadcast is the tip of the iceberg. You have to love reading fiction to work in this area. Probably over 300 book titles are read and discussed each year. It is surprising how few books are read by more than one company or department. The tender will test how well you can supply the range of books as detailed above, the type of literature you are keen to supply, your skill in working with abridgers and your experience in working with actors. You will also have to prove to us that you know what is being published, what is being written, what is under commission well into the future. A period will be specified that wont be covered by any of the catalogues published at the date of the tender. We will expect you to have seen or discussed some or all of the tiles you suggest. If your contacts are good enough by the tender date this will not be a problem for you. Précis of BBC Radio 4 Extra presentation. Independents only. We will be tendering for 5 titles (25 episodes) for transmission between autumn 2013 and end of March These will be productions of published short stories.

31 Jane Ellison Commissioning Editor, General Factual, Radio 4

32 Book of the Week

33 Casting Love of non fiction Finding the right books Topicality

34 Book of the Week Extracting not abridging Defamation and indemnities Negotiating skills Range and variety

35 Caroline Raphael Commissioning Editor, Comedy, Radio 4 and Commissioning Editor, Radio 4 Extra

36 SHORT READINGS They are broadcast at 1545 on a Friday, 1945 on a Sunday. There is a late night repeat slot once a week. This is very different from the other slots. Its about creating new work from a range of writers. We are creating the work not broadcasting a version of it. Absolutely part of BBCs cultural patronage.

37 5 BBC Departments 2 Independents We will commission 102 readings a year. Diversity is important because of the commissioned output and need to support writers across the UK. We have strong BBC departments across England and the Nations – not just in London.

38 Published I group the work into three categories. Published is new work or classic work already in the public domain. You wont be asked about this in the tender. The next two you will.

39 Unsolicited, New & Emerging Writers You will be asked to demonstrate you can deliver work by brand new writers or writers that are beginning to emerge – perhaps in new writing publications, via creative writing course, local writing groups etc. We appreciate how difficult it is for a small department or company to have an permanent open door for unsolicited readings. They will be overwhelmed. But there are other ways of encouraging unsolicited work.

40 COMMISSIONS This is at the heart of what we do. Commission established writers to write a new short story or run of short stories for Radio 4. You will need to demonstrate you have experience of commissioning new work from writers. You will also need to demonstrate your ability to cast and direct actors. You will be asked about what you can bring to the slot; how you will approach it creatively. But first and foremost – do you have the relevant experience in commissioning and editing new fiction which is what bulk of slot is about. COMMISSIONS + UNSOLICITED/NEW & EMERGING WRITERS = over 65% OF OUTPUT. This figure will fluctuate from year to year but this is roughly what we are looking for. It will fluctuate depending on what published work is available for consideration and from who.


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