Policy

UK independent 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 for independently-made PSB oprogrammes to be broadcast on commercial and community radio, having successfully led the case to set up the scheme.

AudioUK 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.

Our current policy priorities include:

  –  Putting the case for the Government to introduce an AudioProduction Tax Relief (APTR) to take advantage of the growing

     international investment in mediums such as podcasting

  –  Extending the Audio Content Fund contestable scheme beyond its initial three-year pilot stage

  –  Securing greater investment into audio production skills and training to ensure the UK is in the best position to serve the growing

     audience for podcasts and audiobooks

  –  Ensuring that the BBC’s regulation, as undertaken by Ofcom,  takes account of new platforms such as BBC Sounds

  –  Securing the future of the BBC’s radio and audio services in the light of discussions on its future funding model

For more information contact our Policy & Regulation Lead, Tim Wilson.

Our report, produced with leading consultancy Communications Chambers, highlights the case for an Audio Production Tax Relief (APTR). You can read the full report here.

Policy Papers

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).