AudioUK releases COVID-19 production guidelines for podcasts, audiobooks, and radio

The trade organization AudioUK has released a detailed document containing guidelines for producing audio safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guide has been prepared in consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) with input from audio professionals, content producers and broadcasters, the music industry, industry bodies, unions and the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is a finalization of a previously “beta” version of the guidelines.

The document is freely available HERE.

The 27-page paper covers details like workspace cleaning and protective equipment, in addition to strategic production challenges of producing audio while observing social distance guidelines.

.“Audio production has responded well so far to the crisis, with our members adapting swiftly and many innovative radio programmes and podcasts being produce,” observed Kellie While, Chair of AudioUK and Head of 7digital Creative. “With a wider range of working activity now permissible, we were receiving many enquiries from members on how to widen their activity safely and we’re pleased we were able to respond with some initial guidelines. Now we can provide guidance right across the industry. We hope these guidelines will give production companies and those who commission the confidence to take part in a wider range of production activity, so our sector can continue to grow.”

Brad Hill