BBC Open Doors

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Steve Adams No Comments

Could you help your local BBC radio station tell others what life is like in your community? They want to meet the everyday people that make it tick.

In return, Open Doors can show you how to get the stories that matter to you noticed. If you are part of a community group or charity, it can also let others see what you do. The five West Midlands BBC local radio stations are keen to talk to groups that work in diverse areas. Everyday stories about different communities can improve understanding and raise awareness about the people and projects that support them.

Open Doors will let you see the media in action and discover how to work with it to your advantage. It offers useful contacts for your group and an opportunity to share stories about under-represented communities. The one off Open Doors events (one at each of the five radio stations) take place on dates in October and November.  Places are limited, so if you would like more information or want to take part, just download and complete an application form.


BBC Radio Stoke open evening

BBC Radio Stoke are holding an open evening if you would like to look around prior to applying.  You can tour round the BBC, see behind the scenes and hear more about Open Doors.  It will take place on Wednesday 5th October at BBC Radio Stoke, Cheapside, Hanley, Stoke on Trent.  Doors open at 6.15pm for a 6.30 prompt start (finish time will be approximately 7.30pm).

Places are limited and need to be booked in advance by calling 01782 208080 (weekdays 9am-1pm).


Who can apply?

Applications are welcomed from charities and community groups in the editorial areas of  BBC Radio Stoke and BBC WM 95.6. and you should be working with disadvantaged, diverse or socially excluded communities.

If your group would like an insight into bringing story ideas to life with the help of the BBC, please download the application form and send it back to the radio station you are applying to (the one whose editorial area you and your group are based in).  You can contact The Community Foundation if you would like to know more before applying.  (The link to the application form is below).

 Applications close on the following dates;

24th October:            BBC Radio Stoke

31st October:             BBC WM 95.6


To apply, please download the Application Form and email to the relevant station when completed (see Guidance Notes for station email addresses). 


You must be over 18 (no upper age limit), live in the editorial area of the radio station that you are applying for and be actively involved in a community group serving diverse communities. Applications are limited to one person/group.

You must be available to attend the BBC local radio station you have applied for on the three days of its event (approx. 9am-3pm each day). The event dates are as follows:

BBC Radio Stoke:                                        Monday 14th November to Wednesday 16th November

BBC WM 95.6:                                              Monday 21st November to Wednesday 23rd November


What happens next? 

The BBC will select a group of delegates to take part in the Open Doors event on each radio station; based on the information supplied in the applications. They will contact you directly to let you know if you been selected or not. The BBC’s decision is final.

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