Wednesday 09 April 2014
THE SELECTOR FOR THE BRITISH COUNCIL SENDS STUDENT RADIO WINNER ON TRIP TO MEXICO CITY
'The most cutting-edge music show coming out of Britain.' - Sunday Times
In 2013 The British Council - the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations – partnered with the Student Radio Association (SRA) to offer six UK student radio stations the chance to produce and present their own version of The British Council’s weekly radio show The Selector.
Originally launched in 2001, The Selector is an international showcase for the best new music the UK has to offer, a weekly programme that covers all styles of music, from indie, dubstep, folk, grime, electro and everything in between. The show features interviews, mixes and exclusive live sessions from some of the most exciting British artists.
The Selector has recently featured interviews and live sessions from British artists such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Maximo Park, British Sea Power and Tribes; as well as exclusive mixes from DJs such as Ital Tek, Om Unit, Swindle, Mount Kimbie and Andrew Weatherall.
Folded Wing, the award-winning production company behind The Selector, gave the students taking part in the project an in-depth production training day; and the student station that did the best job of producing their own version of The Selector over a six month period would win a trip to Mexico to spend a week working at The British Council’s sister station, Ibero 90.9 FM, in Mexico City.
At the Student Radio Conference in Newcastle this week, The British Council announced that the student winner of the trip to Mexico is Jack Saunders of Fly FM/Nottingham Trent University.
Phil Catchpole, Selector Programme Manager for The British Council, said; “This initiative has been a fantastic experience. Thanks to Folded Wing and the Student Radio Association we have been able to provide tremendous in depth radio production and presenting skills training to some of the most exciting, up and coming British talent. Being able to use The Selector to do this has been a great way of connecting with young people in the UK and providing opportunities both here and abroad.”
A short film on The Selector: http://www.britishcouncil.org/arts/selector
Hosted by DJ and presenter Goldierocks, The Selector presents an overview of all that is exciting and fresh in British music, and is syndicated on FM stations in 40 countries around the world including Mexico, Columbia, Israel, Poland, Malawi, Hungary, Indonesia, Bulgaria and China.
Uniquely, The Selector is made available in a Kit format which breaks the show down into its individual parts (songs, jingles plus a script). This enables international stations to make their own bespoke version of the show, using their own presenter if they wish, and broadcasting the show in their own language.
Notes to Editor
Originally launched by The British Council in 2001, The Selector is an international showcase for the best new music the UK has to offer - a weekly two-hour programme that covers all styles of music, from indie, dubstep, folk, soul, electro and everything in between. The show features interviews, mixes and exclusive live sessions from some of the most exciting British artists. Hosted by DJ and presenter Goldierocks, The Selector presents an overview of all that is exciting and fresh in British music. It avoids many of the mainstream British acts that international audiences might already be familiar with, in favour of emerging talent and underground flavours. The show reflects the brilliance and diversity of British music, promoting the sounds, talents and musical culture of modern Britain to an international audience. The underlying aim of the show is to challenge people's perceptions about the UK and showcase the wealth of creativity and innovation on offer here.
With an audience estimated to be in excess of 4 million listeners, The Selector is syndicated on FM to 40 countries around the world including Mexico, Columbia, Israel, Poland, Malawi, Hungary, Indonesia, Bulgaria & China.
The British Council
This initiative is part of the British Council’s increased investment in its arts programme to meet increased demand for UK arts, UK arts expertise and specialist skills in the creative industries overseas. This investment is based on the British Council’s belief in the fundamental strength of the arts and creative industries to the UK.
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Our 7000 staff in over 100 countries work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year through English, arts, education and society programmes.
We earn over 75% of our annual turnover of nearly £700 million from services which customers pay for, education and development contracts we bid for and from partnerships.
The Student Radio Association
The Student Radio Association is the representative body which supports and acts on behalf of the UK student radio community - representing any radio station which is linked to a place of education, such as universities and colleges.
We exist to encourage and facilitate communication between student stations, to assist in their development, and to offer support and advice to new stations just setting up.
Each year we host the Student Radio Awards, supported by BBC Radio 1 and Global Radio, at the O2 Arena in London, the National Student Radio Conference held at a different university each year as well as many training events delivered throughout the year.
Radio makers, music lovers and bird enthusiasts, Folded Wing are an innovative and award-winning independent radio production company based in Clerkenwell, London, who produce and syndicate world-renowned radio shows and podcasts. Folded Wing set up groundbreaking platforms like Roundhouse Radio, which serves as a real-world training ground for young people to learn about all aspects of radio production, and run regular training courses for budding producers and presenters, often providing a first foot in the door for aspiring broadcasters. Folded Wing produce regular shows for BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4, The British Council, Brasil Music Exchange, Field Day Radio, Reebok Radio and Red Bull Music Academy Radio. Weekly shows include The Selector for the British Council, Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2 every Tuesday 7-8pm (and syndicated internationally), and Monki on BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra. In 2011 Folded Wing won ‘Indie of the Year’ at the Radio Production Awards.
For more info please contact Phil Catchpole -
+44 20 7389 3088