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CBC Radio Program Development Group Pitch Guide
2012 / 2013 Season
Revised: October 2012
Table of Contents:
What are we looking for?
- New digital approaches to existing CBC Radio One Shows. Those approaches can be audio-driven, web-based or for mobile devices. (Our focus is on network programs at this time - in other words, programs that air nationally on CBC Radio One - although we will look at local ideas.)
- Ideas for applying/integrating social media for any combination of existing network programs.
- Ideas for visual representation or presentation of existing network programs.
- Innovative ways of working with user-generated content.
- Innovative ways of packaging and distributing new digital audio, not related to existing programs. (These proposals must include sponsorship and revenue-generation ideas; they are otherwise not affordable.)
RIGHT NOW: Our team is interested in data visualization and the direction that is taking story-telling as well as ideas around using Story Maps and geo-locating UGC content. We’re looking for ways to take story-telling further – ways to encourage Canadians to tell their stories and share them in our digital sandbox.
NB: We are looking for talk -based content only for CBC Radio One. We are NOT accepting music-based, children-focused or drama pitches at this time. If you are pitching something related to CBC TV, please use the Independent Producer's site instead.
The process is open to people across Canada. Understanding our programming and the online world will be essential to the process.
Before you send us your pitch, here are a few things to remember:
- CBC is committed to developing predominantly Canadian content.
- • Every submission should include some detail about who you are, how to get in contact with you and who makes up your team. It’s ok if you don’t have all the players sorted out yet, but if you do, please include that information.
Your proposal doesn’t need to be long and complicated, but it should be well thought out. Make sure you’ve taken the time to dream it, debate it, mull it and polish it before you send it our way.
To help get your idea down on paper, here are some questions you should ask yourself.
- When you tell others about your idea, what excites them the most? What excites you the most? This is often a good way to start your pitch
- How would you describe the audience you’re hoping to reach? Who are they? What do you know about them? Does your idea speak to people who are already CBC Radio listeners? Is it designed to appeal to non-listeners?
- How can you reach that audience? How would you target that audience and build it online?
- Is there a person associated with your idea that the audience would relate to? For example, if you’re pitching a podcast, who is the host? If you don’t know who would host, what qualities would the ideal host possess? What’s his or her role? If your idea is related to social media, for example, is the audience expected to relate to a specific person and, if so, who and in what way?
- What will we hear (for an audio-based pitch)? A list of segment ideas or interview guests is a good start, but it’s not enough. Help us imagine what we’ll hear. How will tone and attitude affect the content?
- We have asked you for new digital approaches to existing shows. Explain how it might also change what listeners hear on air. Keep in mind that our largest audiences now are still tuned to our radio programs, so there may be opportunities to leverage that.
- What makes your pitch perfect for CBC rather than another broadcaster? Does it take CBC Radio (on air and/or online) somewhere new? Does it do something that we aren’t already doing? Does it fit our values as a public broadcaster (high quality, distinctive programming that’s intelligent, insightful and entertaining)?
- What format do you see your idea taking and why? If you come with a great idea for a podcast, for example, why is it a great fit for online but not for radio broadcast? How long should the podcast be? If your idea involves innovation or new technology is there a reason to build from scratch rather than leverage already existing services? (eg. why would we build a CBC version of Facebook if Facebook is already out there and adopted by the masses?).
- Is there a revenue or funding component, or can your idea be developed without major resource investment?
- Is there something we could learn from creating this project that can teach us something new about audio or radio as content in the 21st century?
Once you’ve worked through your idea, here’s a quick checklist of other things you should include in your proposal:
- Who You Are: Tell us why you’re the right person with whom to develop this idea. If you’ve hosted, produced or written for radio before, let us know. Also: what led you to your idea? Give us a sense of your background, your passions.
- Who is Who: If you’ve got people you want to work with, tell us who they are. What roles will they play? Assume we don’t know these people. Give us an idea why they’re the best people for those roles.
- The Proposal: Do the tone and style of the writing in your proposal reflect the tone of the idea that you’re proposing?
- Reach Beyond CBC: Do you have plans for using social media or other tools to attract audiences to your site, beyond those who already come to CBC Radio or cbc.ca?
- Support: What kind of support do you need? Mentoring? Coaching on performance? In-studio training? Digital audio editing? Don't be embarrassed - we're here to help and the more we know upfront the better.
- Timing: Is your proposal time-sensitive? Are there times when you can work on this, times when you cannot?
- How to Get Hold of You: Don’t forget to include your e-mail, home phone, cell phone, etc.
Got questions? Need help getting your idea down on paper? Get in touch with a member of the Program Development Group:
To get your pitch to us
Upload your pitch online
We prefer to receive proposals as attachments in Microsoft Word format. Feel free to send short audio samples as well, or URLS where you've mocked up an idea.
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