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Aims and Objectives

> To provide affordable quality training in a range of audio skills

> To promote skills sharing across the sector, including radio, podcasting, audiobooks and all forms of audio production

> To encourage new entrants and offer opportunities for networking, collaboration and partnership

> To encourage networking, collaboration and partnership across the sector.

> To promote dIversity in audio production

> To be accessible to all those working in the UK Audio sector

We’re delighted to announce that Robin Lustig, former presenter of Radio 4’s The World Tonight and author of “Is Anything Happening?”, and Linda Pressley, BBC journalist and documentary-maker, will be guest speakers on this course!

Headshot Robin LustigA day course on journalistic principles as applied to general radio programme making. Principles of good practice, de-construct BBC Editorial Guidelines, give a user's guide to impartiality, libel and fair dealing, and advice on how to get out of a hole once you've fallen in it. Date & time: 28th April 2017, 0930-1700 
Venue:  Central London, ARTWORKS ELEPHANT, Elephant Road, London, SE17 1AY. 
Places and prices: 18 learners, £130+VAT
linda pressley headshot* To book and pay for a place please go to the Bookwhen site at, but please check your eligibility on this page before booking

Course synopsis:
Radio Journalism isn't all about hard news and breaking the story first. In this one day workshop, Husain Husaini of Wire Free, and David Prest of Whistledown will convince you that sound journalistic principles should be a part of every programme maker's approach to radio production.  Telling the story straight, getting it right, being fair to all parties and still trying to push the boundaries isn't always easy and, occasionally, things can go badly wrong. We'll cover principles of good practice, de-construct BBC Editorial Guidelines, give a user's guide to impartiality, libel and fair dealing, and advice on how to get out of a hole once you've fallen in it. We'll also cover new and recent case studies, talk about the current journalistic environment and entertain with tales of daring do.

headshot Husainiheadshot PrestWho's it aimed at? - feature makers, producers, reporters, researchers (freelance or staff). The course will be designed as a good refresher for those already in the industry, but will also be inspirational for those wanting to break into it, or make a career change.

 for more information about this course, please click here


Meet the industry leaders of the independent radio making community - this workshop is open to newcomers AND students, including those in full-time further or higher education.  And it's open to anyone in the country, not just the North-West!

Date & time: 16/03/2016 - registration 1.45pm, for 2pm start

Venue: University of Salford, Media City, Salford  - room 3.07 on the third floor.

Places: 40, all free.  To book a place please go to

"Headshot Andy BrooksMeet the Indies @ Salford"  brings together the movers and shakers of the independent radio making community – large companies like Whistledown, comedy star-makers like Woolyback, drama producers like Sparklab and music programme specialists Smooth Operations. All of them in the same room at the same time, talking about what they do and giving tips on how to get into the industry and on. 

The World’s greatest beatboxer Andy Brooks, known as Testament, will launch the event talking about the power of sound and demonstrating his skills. Then it’s over to the industry specialists to talk about what they’re most proud of making.  

This afternoon event is aimed at anyone interested in radio and audio, broadcast or digital. Whether you are  experienced or an industry new comer it’s your chance to meet your favourite programme makers face to face to pitch an idea or to find out how to make your way in the industry. 

Outline programme:

From 2.00pm onwards Andy Brooks  will give his demonstration on the power of sound and the indies will each give a 15-minute presentation about what they make and what they’re proud of. At the same time, one-to-one pre-bookable 'speed dating' sessions will be held to give attendees the chance for a chat – to learn more about the industry, how to get in or pitch an idea for broadcast. AND there will be great networking opportunities at the end of the afternoon.

Training Provider

Janet Graves is the training provider organising this event. She recently put together the Sport Masterclass at Salford and ran the Research for Radio Course in London 2015.  She is a partner in Pennine Productions, making documentaries and features for BBC Radio 4, and soundscapes for poetry for BBC Bitesize.

Speakers will include. 

David Prest, Whistledown, one of the largest providers of factual documentaries. Makers of ‘The Reunion’, ‘Feedback', ‘A history of Britain in numbers,’ for BBC Radio 4  also makers of podcasts and audio slideshows. 

Kellie While, Smooth Operations/Unique - Smooth Operations are music specialists, making ‘Radcliffe and Maconie’ for 6 Music, and they produced ‘War Horse, ‘’The Radio Ballad’ And ‘The People’s Song’ for BBC Radio 3

Janet Graves, Pennine Productions make documentaries and features for BBC Radio 4, including ‘The Doctor’s Dementia', ’Three Legged Football,’ and ‘Lucy Mangan’ s Literary Guide to the Economy.’ 

Melanie Harris, Sparklab make ‘5 Bump Club’ for 5Live as well as documentaries like ‘Burlesque Legends‘ for BBC Radio 4 and dramas like 'Blood, Sex and Money' by Emile Zola.

Plus Ashley Byrne of Made in Manchester, who made ‘James Dean, the Last Ten Weeks,’for BBC Radio2, and ‘Lloyd George’s War’ with Dan Snow for BBC Radio Wales. 

Sally Harrison, producer for Johnny Vegas’s production company, Woolyback, making comedy and drama for radio.

Nishil Solanki, TBI Media, which is the RPA Indie of the Year. They produce Diplo on Radio 1 and Radio 1 Extra, Pause for Thought for BBC Radio 2 as well as television programmes for BBC 4, and online radio. 

Plus more to be announced soon!



(archived - course delivered)

Date & Time: 23rd February 2016, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Venue: Equiano Room, Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street, London W1

Places & prices: 12 learners, £40 non-member. £25 for RIG member/ associate

* To book a place please go to the Bookwhen site as shown in any recent personalised email to you from RIGtrain -- if you don't have one or can't find the link please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. *

How to negotiate the commissioning system, pitch develop and write radio drama for the BBC.  A course aimed at getting writers new to or with limited experience of radio drama to think about how to develop, pitch and script ideas for radio drama. 

  • How does radio drama work?
  • How can your own creativity best match what the BBC is looking for?
  • And how can your ideas take shape on the page?

Course outline:

  • Introduction – the nature of radio drama and how we experience it.
  • The Schedule and the Commissioning System. 
  • Create and pitch an idea.
  • Craft a proposal
  • Develop a treatment.
  • Rough out sample pages.
  • Review what works. 

Training Provider:

Allegra Productions is an independent production company based in Suffolk. We provide high quality scripts and radio drama productions, audio drama and voice overs.  Our recent production of Iris Murdoch’s novel, ‘The Sea, The Sea’ (broadcast in August 2015) has been shortlisted for a BBC Audio Drama award.


Robin Brooks is one of our most commissioned radio dramatists, with twenty years experience of writing  original plays and adaptations for the BBC – recently “The Sea, The Sea” with Jeremy Irons and “Iris Murdoch: Dream Girl” with Helen McCrory. He has worked for many producers, both in-house and independent. He is currently writing two plays for Drama on 3. He has also recently adapted “Carmilla” for Audible Originals, starring David Tennant and Rose Leslie.



(archived - course delivered)

An unmissable opportunity to ask your burning questions to a panel of experts including OFCOM and BBC Editorial Policy

Date & time: 4th February, 0930-1400  (including lunch provided)

Venue: Equiano Room, Fitzrovia Centre 2 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL    

Places and prices: 20 learners, £40 full price, £25 RIG members /associates

* To book a place please go to the Bookwhen site as shown in any recent personalised email to you from RIGtrain -- if you don't have one or can't find the link please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. *

Course synopsis:

Find out how to make the most creative programmes you can, while going to the boundaries of what is editorially possible and legally safe. This course provides an unmissable opportunity to ask your burning questions of a panel of experts from OFCOM, BBC Editorial Policy, and the Independent production sector. It will bring you up to date with current editorial guidelines and legal practice. 

Do you fully understand legal issues around defamation, reporting current legal cases or working with children? Are you unsure what the current live editorial issues are around music programming, or harm and offence, or simply feel your knowledge needs refreshing? This is an essential chance to build a network which will advise and support your editorial practice. It will help you to take risks, and create cutting edge content, whilst ensuring you are fully compliant and editorially safe

Outline of the Day:

• 0930 – 1000: Introduction and your conundrums

• 1000 – 1100: harm and offence, fairness, working with children, social media

• 1100 – 1115 Break

• 1115 – 1200 Legal minefields: bringing you up to date

• 1200 – 1245 Accuracy, reporting contentious issues, defamation

1245 – 1400 Working lunch and expert panel

Training Provider:

Quattrain - trainers: Kate Hoyland, Rosie Bartlett – partners in Quattrain, led Journalism & Production training at BBC World Service, lead trainers / legal training BBC World Service, set up and ran BBC Production Trainee Scheme