Notes from October Meeting: BBC Radio 2 and 3
John Dutton, Guest Booker, The Chris Evans Breakfast Show & Steve Wright in the Afternoon
0207 765 4447 firstname.lastname@example.org
BBC Radio 2, Western House, 99 Great Portland Street, London W1A 1AA
On the breakfast show they are looking for big name authors from 8.15 until 9.15 every Friday morning. The show can be built around the guests â€“ recent guests have included David Walliams, Victoria Pendleton and Jamie Oliver. Forthcoming â€“ Bradley Wiggins. Interviews are pre-recorded from 11.30 â€“ 1.00 at Western House. These are then edited down and a good plug for a book is always given. Steve Wrightâ€™s afternoon show has recently welcomed Sandi Toksvig and Charlie Brooker. They do book novelists as long as they are high profile and if they feel â€˜right for the showâ€™. Authors need to be upbeat and engaging and need to be able to handle applause in the studio.Generally booking 4-6 weeks in advance of the show but can be longer or shorter as necessary. Send John an email with PR attached outlining why you think someone would be good for the show and follow up with a phone call. John is willing to share information with other programmes and does like to meet publicists to talk through lists but doesnâ€™t have time for parties.
Clare Toynbee, Book Club, Simon Mayo Show
Tel: 0207 765 5025 email:email@example.com
Also On Simon Mayo
Ben Backhouse â€“ 0207 765 1312
Fiona Day â€“ 0207 765 5483 (Fiona is the producer of Drivetime with Simon Mayo, and she is the contact for authors as main guestsâ€¦usually big names)
The BBC Radio 2 Book Club is embedded into Simon Mayoâ€™s Drivetime show. It includes a half hour live interview and a further half hour web chat preferably in the studio. It goes out every other Monday from 6 â€“ 7 pm. Listeners are interested in literary and contemporary fiction and â€˜classyâ€™ crime/thriller writers e.g. Ian Rankin and Kate Mosse. Clare will occasionally include a non-fiction author. They have a listening audience of just under 6 million. Catalogues, proofs and press releases all very welcome. Once a decision is made on which book they will feature another 2 weeks are required for the books to be sent to reviewers. Ben Backhouse (details above) is also a good contact for Book Club.
Phil McGarvey â€“ Vanessa Feltz/Graham Norton/The Radio 2 Arts Show
Room 203, Western House, 99 Great Portland Street, London, W1A 1AA
BBC Radio 2, +44 20 776 55322 www.bbc.co.uk/radio2 @bbcradio2
Malcolm Prince will soon take over from Phil firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0)20 7765 1648
There are no guests on Vanessaâ€™s show!
Graham Norton goes out live every Saturday morning from 10 until 1.00. Guest slots are between 11.30 and 12 and are split into 2 chunks of 7-8 minutes each. There is a break for a song of the guestâ€™s choice. The show has the same, if not a slightly bigger, audience than Grahamâ€™s TV show. The show has a bit of an overlap with Steve Wright, in that guests are generally pretty well known and usually celebrities but they have also had authors such as Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson. Can embed clips of programme on authorâ€™s Facebook page. Recent other guests have included Dominic West, Dame Eileen Atkins, Bill Kenwright and Bradley Cooper. Phil is happy to chat on the phone to talk through possibilities. Lead time is around 5-6 weeks and they need 2 guests a week. Quite strict about not having guests on Grahamâ€™s show who have been elsewhere on the network in the last 3 months so do please be honest about which other shows you are approaching. Graham will always read the book in advance of an interview.
BBC Radio 3 Nightwaves!
BBC Radio 3, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA
Adrian Washbourne, email@example.com, +44 (0)20 7580 4468
Fiona McLean, firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)20 7580 4468
Nightwaves! is a daily arts and ideas programme that goes out every evening from 10 pm to 10.45 pm on Radio 3. It comprises interviews and discussion on both fiction and non-fiction â€“ very wide agenda. Authors do not necessarily have to be high profile but just have good ideas and be able to discuss them. Particularly interested in politics, history and science and keen to give a different style of interview. Can devote a whole programme to a single guest so slightly edgier questions can be posed as have time to delve deeper into the subject under discussion. The programme is a great platform for academics but can also be good for more popular themes. Jo Nesbo, Paul Auster, Jack Straw and Kofi Annan are examples of the diverse range of recent guests. Planning can begin months before a programme is due to air so do get in touch in good time but also let them know if your author is an authority about something happening in the news so they can invite them in and a book will always be plugged â€“ not tied to publication dates. They are also very interested in international authors so again let them know if one of your authors will be in the country or they can be interviewed down the line from anywhere in the world. The audience figures range from 250,000 to 400,000. The majority of Radio 3 listeners are known to be big readers and book buyers.