Independent audio production companies are responsible for many of the most critically-acclaimed UK podcasts, audiobooks and radio programmes. UK audio companies also are successful internationally, for example in the New York Festivals International Radio Awards.
One of AudioUK’s core pillars of activity is representation, promoting the 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 is a member of the DCMS Broadcasting, Film, and Production Working Group, 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 also successfully received Business Readiness Fund backing to produce an event, podcasts and materials in 2019 relating to the UK’s changing relationship with the EU. To see information on the relationship between the UK and the EU, please visit this page.
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 also a member of the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) and sits on its Board.
We are also a member of the Creative Industries Federation and are part of its Trade Body Representative Group.
For more information contact Will Jackson, AudioUK Managing Director, or Tim Wilson, AudioUK Policy & Communications Adviser.
Note that all papers prior to July 2018 were submitted under our previous organisation name of Radio Independents Group (RIG).
- Response to Ofcom call for evidence on the market impact of BBC Sounds – November 2020
- Representation to HM Treasury for autumn Spending Review – September 2020
- Submission to Commons Treasury Select Committee on Taxation after COVID-19 – August 2020 (response focusses on AudioUK’s proposal for an Audio Production Tax Relief)
- 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 Channel 4 – June 2017
- Response to DCMS consultation on Public Service Broadcasting Contestable Fund – February 2017
- Response to DCMS BBC Charter Review Green Paper – October 2015