Do you have an inspiring documentary programme idea? If so, we are offering you the chance to create your own radio programme for a truly global audience.
World Stories is a new documentary series from the BBC World Service that offers programme-makers from around the world the opportunity to produce an innovative piece of radio storytelling that will surprise and inform a global audience. We want to be challenged, surprised and moved by your stories, themes, treatments and ambition.
We will commission four original documentaries from four experienced radio producers from around the world. The subjects chosen and the way you treat them can be challenging in both form and execution and it is worth remembering that 80% of our audience have English as a second language.
The selected documentaries will be allocated a maximum of £6,600 (9,882 USD) to cover all costs incurred by the programme – eg travel, studios, equipment, presenters, contributor fees, rights clearance, hotels, expenses etc. The programmes will need to be delivered in two different durations – 23 minutes and 26 minutes 30 seconds – in line with the usual BBC programme clock, and must adhere to the BBC Guidelines –click here for more details.
We will also look at the best ways to enhance these stories online and digitally either in written, visual or audio form.
Listen to the documentaries below to get a feel for what we are looking for in the next series of World Stories – you can find these at bbcworldservice.com/worldstories and listen to more documentaries from the World Service at bbcworldservice.com/thedocumentary.
Step One: Initial proposals should come in the form of a 200 word outline to be received no later than Monday 29 February, 2016. Entries should be emailed to World Stories Commissioning
Listen to a selection of our documentaries