7digital to produce BBC Radio 3 jazz programming

7digital to produce BBC Radio 3 jazz programming


London, UK, February 03 2016 – 7digital, a leading B2B digital music and radio services company, today announced that it has won the tender to produce BBC Radio 3’s Monday Night jazz programme. 

Unique, a 7digital production company, will take on production duties for the established slot dedicated to the jazz genre following a competitive tender process.

BBC Radio 3 has commissioned the new shows to begin in April 2016.

Alyn Shipton, Executive Producer for Unique, commented: “We are all very excited by this opportunity to bring the best of contemporary jazz to BBC Radio 3, both from Britain and the rest of the world. We hope to satisfy existing fans of jazz, and also draw in plenty of new listeners to music we are passionate about and committed to supporting. We look forward to the work ahead.” 

Simon Cole, CEO of 7digital, added: “This is an important commission for us as we have declared our intention to specialise in the music production and curation skills that have been our hallmark. The opportunity to work with the BBC on so many varied music formats at a time when the industry is at such a point of change is tremendously exciting.”

This comes along with the news that the team has also won a competitive tender that will have it continue production of the Sunday Morning programme for BBC Radio 3, a show Unique has been producing since 2012. 

Alyn Shipton is the author of what is widely regarded as the world’s leading history of jazz, which in two editions (2001 and 2007) has won numerous awards on both sides of the Atlantic, and he has numerous more jazz books to his credit. On BBC Radio 3, he produced over five years of weekly strand Jazz Library, and spent four years as exec producer of Sunday Morning. Alyn also presented Jazz Notes on BBC Radio 3 for two years, and was co-presenter of Impressions (the forerunner of Jazz on 3). As a writer on jazz for the Times and Telegraph, and a Jazzwise columnist, he is across the repertoire, artists and events likely to be involved in the Monday Night jazz strand.

Unique produced BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Library for five years, as well as several series of Jazz File. The team has also produced the BBC Radio 2 Jazz Awards for two years, along with six series of BBC Radio 2’s Live at the Stables with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, and three series with Moira Stuart for BBC Radio 2, looking at the lives of female jazz singers (Strong and Sassy), male jazz artists (Kings of Cool) and a series on jazz guitarists (Jazz Guitar Greats). 

Beyond jazz, 7digital production companies Unique and Smooth Operations handle numerous one-off and series commissions for the BBC across a variety of genres.

About 7digital 

7digital is a B2B digital music and radio services company. The core of its business is the provision of robust and scalable technical infrastructure and extensive global music rights used to create music streaming and radio services for a diverse range of customers – including consumer brands, mobile carriers, broadcasters, automotive systems, record labels and retailers. 7digital also offers radio production and music curation services, editorial strategy and content management expertise.

7digital fosters industry growth and innovation by simplifying access to music for clients such as Onkyo, Guvera, OpenLIVE, and The Overflow. From years of being the largest independent producer of programming for the BBC, launching Radioplayer in multiple territories, and powering services for partners like HMV, Panasonic and ROK Mobile, 7digital is perfectly positioned to lead innovation at the intersection of digital music and next-generation radio services.

About 7digital Production Companies

7digital has production teams who specialise in radio, video and entertainment content as well as music curation and creative services. The production department consists of the following group companies, formerly parts of UBC Media.

Unique The Production Company has been pioneering independently-produced content for over 25 years and is responsible for some of the UK’s highest profile radio programming and television content. 

Smooth Operations is an award-winning radio and TV production company which delivers quality music programming across every platform, including radio, television and online. In addition, the team specialises in events production and runs the Delphonic record label for folk, roots, blues and acoustic music.

Above The Title is a production company specialising in entertainment, drama, comedy, and factual programming. The team has created premium content for BBC Radio and other networks for over a decade and brings high production values to all areas of content creation, including podcasts, online videos and radio programming.

Entertainment News provides award-winning text, bulletin and video content to radio stations and websites around the world. A dedicated team of journalists create two-minute, self-contained, fully-produced entertainment audio bulletins which are distributed to radio stations three times a day, and websites twice daily.

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