Multimillion pound funds for radio and television now open

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A £3 million government fund has begun accepting applications from programme makers wishing to make public service audio content for commercial and community radio.

The Audio Content Fund is part of a total of £60m being offered across radio and TV, with £57m available for television programmes that target young audiences.

The Audio Content Fund will be used to produce distinctive, public service radio programming that is traditionally more difficult to support on a commercial basis. This includes programmes such as documentaries, comedy, drama and light entertainment.

The first application round of the Audio Content Fund is open for four weeks – until midday on 29th April. For more information and to apply for funding visit www.audiocontentfund.org.

Sam Bailey, Managing Director of the Audio Content Fund, said:

“We’re really excited to start receiving bids for the Audio Content Fund. It’s going to be fascinating to see the great ideas the audio production sector has to offer, and where the fund can make a difference on the UK’s commercial and community radio stations.

“It’s clear that the ACF is going to develop creative collaboration between sections of our community that may not otherwise have the opportunity to work together, and we’re looking forward to hearing innovative radio that gives a platform to new and diverse voices around the UK.”

The Minister for Digital and Creative Industries Margot James said:

“Young people in the UK deserve high quality content that entertains, informs and reflects their experiences growing up across the country today.

“The UK’s broadcast sectors reach hundreds of millions of people of all ages around the globe and are a tremendous success story that we are justifiably proud of. This innovative project is an integral part of our ongoing support for the UK’s vibrant media sector which we want to see go from strength to strength.”

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