AudioUK, the trade body for independent radio, podcast and audiobook production companies, today released a new set of publicly-available guidelines for producers to safely work on productions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has been prepared in consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) with input from audio professionals, content producers and broadcasters, the music industry, industry bodies, unions and the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
AudioUK’s one hundred-plus member companies previously had access to a ‘beta’ version of the guidelines, prepared using the latest government advice.
AudioUK is a member of the DCMS working group on film, TV and content production, which the DCMS has used to provide support and expert advice to representatives of content production from across film, TV, video games, music and audio.
The AudioUK production guidelines can be found here.
Kellie While, Chair of AudioUK and Head of 7digital Creative, said:
“Audio production has responded well so far to the crisis, with our members adapting swiftly and many innovative radio programmes and podcasts being produce. With a wider range of working activity now permissible, we were receiving many enquiries from members on how to widen their activity safely and we’re pleased we were able to respond with some initial guidelines. Now we can provide guidance right across the industry. We hope these guidelines will give production companies and those who commission the confidence to take part in a wider range of production activity, so our sector can continue to grow.”