Radio Artists and Contributors

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 898 BBC/R/RCONT
  • Dates of Creation
      1922 - 2003
  • Physical Description
      c7420 linear feet of files

Scope and Content

These records relate to non-staff contributors (such as artists, speakers and performers) appearing in BBC radio programmes. They are documents generated through the BBC’s booking and payment process from 1922 to 2003.

The records are mainly contractual documents relating to individual appearances on radio programmes. The records up to approximately 1970 also contain correspondence with the individual contributor or their agent. Later records consist of mainly contractual documents with very little personal correspondence.


The records are arranged into 30 chronological series, numbered and separated by date range (and sometimes by type of contributor). For each date range there are two parallel A-Z sequences, one for individual names (personal files) and one for miscellaneous A-Z files. Files within the series are arranged alphabetically by the artist or contributor’s name. For some date ranges the personal files and miscellaneous files are in separate series and some are integrated into the same series. There is a separate series of files for contributors issued with long-term contracts (R94).

Related Material

Television Artists and Contributors Sub-Sub-Fonds (T/TVART)

Nations and Regions Contributors Series within the NR Sub-Fonds