Pennine Productions (the first)

In 2000 I formed  Pennine Productions LLP with three other experienced freelance producers and presenters, and we made 100 programmes for BBC Radio 4 and World Service from the following year until 2007, when we divided the company in two - one half retaining that name but with a new website, the other half, comprising myself and Mark Whitaker, becoming Square Dog Radio LLP.  

Square Dog Radio

Since then Square Dog Radio LLP has made around another 60 programmes for Radio 4 and World Service, also a few for Radio 3 and occasionally other customers such as the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council.  In that time we have acquired a number of associate producers, presenters and researchers, detailed on that site.

the Radio Independents Group (RIG)

In February 2004, frustrated by the absence of a trade body for radio indies, and impressed by what PACT was doing for TV indies, I sent an email round all the Radio 4 indie suppliers I could find asking if there was any appetite for setting up a group.  That ignited a roller-coaster I am still trying to get off!  To cut a very long story very short, we got a meeting together, that led to a steering committee, our first AGM, constitution as an 'unincorporated association', successful pressure on BBC Radio to give us a similar deal on new Terms of Trade as TV had won, conversion to a company limited by guarantee, and all kinds of activity to follow.  

Now long established as THE voice of radio indies, respected as such by the BBC, HM Government, the Radio Academy, the Educational Recording Agency and a host of other institutions.  And that is thanks to a whole host of people who have been giving a great deal of their time freely to RIG for many years, many of them since that very first meeting in 2004.

There is much more information about the above on the relevant websites, so please follow the links.