Five out of eight pitches selected for a session at BBC Radio Fast Train have won a commission, development funding or the promise of further discussions with commissioners.
Eight RFT delegates were selected to pitch around the theme of 90 Years of Radio to Radio 2 and 6 Music head of programmes Lewis Carnie and commissioners Tony Phillips, Piers Bradford and Jonathan Wall.
Radio 4 ordered a 60-minute archive hour called Revolutionary Radio, pitched by indie Loftus’ Kate Lamble, about the influence of radio on revolutions in the 20th century.
Seed funding of £5,000 went to another Radio 4 pitch, made by Nick Baker of Testbed, for a series of 90-second shorts that celebrate the diversity of radio.
Follow-up meetings with commissioners have been promised to Folded Wing’s Jim Lister and Eliza Lomas, and Somethin’ Else’s Will Gilgrass.
BBC Academy head of public service partnerships Donna Taberer said: “Pitching is always a scary experience – and to do it in front of hundreds of your peers is even more daunting.”
The next Fast Train, focusing on TV, will run on 16 May.