Members

See Radio Differently

We are here to help our members’ businesses thrive and do this by offering a wide range of services and benefits, details of which can be found below.

Meet our members

See a full list of our Members and Associate Members

Full Member Benefits

Full Membership is available to all UK stations holding a commercial radio licence. Here’s how we support these members:

  • Provide a strong and united voice for commercial radio
  • Drive industry revenue by promoting the benefits of radio advertising
  • Ensure advertising messages on commercial radio comply with the BCAP code
  • Keep stations informed and involved
  • Help stations run successful businesses

Provide a strong and united voice for commercial radio

  • Co-operation: we bring together stations of all sizes, so we can speak with one voice and represent our their interests to advertisers, government, regulators and policymakers.
  • Regulation: we work to modernise rules and regulation affecting UK radio, so that businesses can control their costs and offer a better service for audiences and advertisers.
  • Public affairs: we speak for commercial radio with Government Ministers, civil servants and MPs, ensuring that the value of the sector and its interests are understood.
  • Operations: we act as a collective voice for radio stations on operational issues where it makes sense to work together, for example on music licensing schemes (with PPL and PRS for Music) and the urgent financial and support measures required in response to Covid-19.

Drive industry revenue by promoting the benefits of radio advertising

  • Advertiser targeted marketing: we drive industry revenue by promoting the medium to advertisers and their agencies. This includes producing radio advertising campaigns which member stations can broadcast
  • Robust research: we regularly commission and publish award-winning research projects to prove the effectiveness of radio advertising
  • Online advertising tools: we have developed a range of easy-to-use planning, effectiveness and creative tools to support sales team and customers
  • Creative development: we champion best-in-class radio advertising to help the advertising industry see radio for the creative opportunity it is. We encourage a more dynamic and ambitious approach through inspiration sessions and workshops, the monthly Aerial Awards and sponsorship of the audio category at the BIG Awards
  • Training: we run regular training courses to develop knowledge and understanding of radio advertising

Ensure advertising messages on commercial radio comply with the BCAP code

  • Script clearance: we ensure advertising messages on commercial radio stations comply with the necessary content rules and standards. Every station must pay for advertising clearance as a requirement of their broadcasting licence and this is included in our membership fee. We also operate a trustmark scheme to reassure listeners that they can trust the messages they hear on commercial radio

Keep stations informed and involved

  • Communications: we provide up-to-date information about all aspects of UK commercial radio through a fortnightly newsletter, a daily summary of national and trade press coverage of commercial radio, as well as our website and social channels
  • Events: we bring the industry together with a wide range of events across the UK, including our annual Tuning In Conference. We also represent radio at a number of high profile media events both nationally and internationally
  • Network initiatives: we get the industry working together on cross-network initiatives such as promotions with the BRIT Awards and appeals for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)
  • Exclusive offers: through various partnerships we secure discounts on many products, services and events for our members

Help stations run successful businesses

  • Free legal advice: through our partnership with Croner Consulting, we ensure members have access to advice on business issues including employment law, HR, tax, VAT, PAYE, NIC and payroll. Find out more.
  • HMRC guidelines: we provide detailed guidance notes on the radio industry’s agreed set of guidelines with HMRC regarding the employment status and tax arrangements of people working in the industry
  • 50% J-ET discount: our members are entitled to a substantial 50% discount on subscriptions to the J-ET radio trading system

Associate Member Benefits

Do you work closely with the commercial radio industry? Here’s how you could benefit from joining us:

  • Information and advice: access to expert advice and insight from Radiocentre team on key advertising and policy issues
  • Promotion of your business: Exclusive sponsorship opportunities, having first refusal on all sponsorship opportunities at our national and local events
  • Free legal advice: through our partnership with Croner Consulting, we provide access to advice on business issues including employment law, HR, tax, VAT, PAYE, NIC and payroll. Find out more.
  • Communications: we provide up-to-date information about all aspects of UK commercial radio through a fortnightly newsletter, a daily summary of national and trade press coverage of commercial radio, as well as our website and social channels
  • Events: we bring the industry together with a wide range of events across the UK, including our annual Tuning In Conference.  We also represent radio at a number of high-profile media events both nationally and internationally
  • Exclusive offers:  through various partnerships we secure discounts on many products, services and events for our members
  • Training: we run regular training courses to develop knowledge and understanding of radio advertising
  • Influence:  opportunities to be involved in shaping the agenda for commercial radio as part of its collective voice
  • Enhanced credibility: we encourage associate members to display the Radiocentre logo on company websites and promotional material to show their commitment to working with the commercial radio industry

Interested in joining?

If you would like to apply for membership to Radiocentre, please complete our joining form or contact Sarah Gregory on 020 7010 0692 or sarah.gregory@radiocentre.org.

Associate Membership Fee

The associate membership year runs from the beginning of October to the end of September the following year. There is an annual subscription payable on election by the Board and set according to the following bands of annual turnover:

Under £5million = £1000+VAT

Over £5 million = £2500+VAT

To become an associate member please contact us on 020 7010 0600.

How to join

If you are interesting in joining us please complete this application form

If you’d like to find out more please contact Sarah Gregory, our Head of Communications and Membership Marketing, at sarah.gregory@radiocentre.org

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