UKIndependent audio production companies are responsible for many of the most critically-acclaimed UK podcasts, audiobooks and radio programmes. UK audio companies are also successful internationally, for example in the New York Festivals International Radio Awards.
One of AudioUK’s core pillars of activity is representation, by highlighting to policymakers the important contribution of the audio production sector to the UK’s creative economy. We have good relationships with the Government, Parliament, Ofcom and major broadcasters and publishing platforms.
AudioUK was a member of the DCMS Broadcasting, Film, and Production Working Group which ran from 2020-21, drawing on its expert advice to create guidelines for safe working in audio production during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We also jointly oversee the running of the Government-financed Audio Content Fund, having successfully led the case to set up the scheme as part of the government’s overall contestable fund.
We successfully applied for government funding to initially set up our Audiotrain programme.
We are also in regular dialogue with Ofcom on matters relating to its regulation of the BBC, as well as its regular reviews on public service broadcasting.
We also maintain dialogue with Parliament, including with relevant Select Committee inquiries.
AudioUK is a member of the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) and sits on its Board.
We are also a member of the Creative Industries Federation.
For more information contact Tim Wilson.
You can find below our most current policy papers plus a selection of those relating to particularly significant previous consultations.
Note that all papers prior to July 2018 were submitted under our previous organisation name of Radio Independents Group (RIG).
- Soundwaves Audio Sector Bulletin – Autumn 2021
- AudioUK with Communications Chambers: Report on the Case for an Audio Production Tax Relief – July 2021
- Response to Ofcom consultation on the Market Impact of BBC Sounds – June 2021
- Response to Ofcom consultation on the future of public service media – March 2021
- Response to Ofcom call for evidence on the market impact of BBC Sounds – November 2020
- Submission to DCMS Select Cttee on the Future of Public Service Broadcasting – June 2020
- Submission to DCMS Select Cttee on the Impact of COVID-19 – June 2020
- Soundwaves Audio Sector Bulletin – Summer 2019
- Submission to House of Lords Communications Cttee inquiry into PSB in the age of Video-on-Demand – April 2019
- Response to consultation on Ofcom’s proposed approach to assessing the BBC’s compliance with its Public Service commissioning requirements – September 2018
- Response to Ofcom consultation on holding the BBC to account for the delivery of its mission and public purposes – July 2017
- Response to DCMS consultation on Public Service Broadcasting Contestable Fund – February 2017
- Response to DCMS BBC Charter Review Green Paper – October 2015
- Response to the BBC Trust Radio Network Supply Review – May 2010