Felicity Wells Memorial Archive

Felicity Wells was an employee of the Association of Independent Radio Contractors [AIRC] in charge of organising the Programme Sharing Scheme. Sadly she died prematurely in the 1990s. The archive is named after her in recognition of her contribution.The scheme, organised initially by the Independent Broadcasting Authority [IBA] and subsequently by the AIRC, encompassed a concept which enabled features, drama, music and news producers working in commercial radio around Britain to offer material – including a significant body of speech-based programming produced locally – to other stations.

The information was circulated via a ‘Programme Sharing Sheet’ and programmes were copied and distributed to interested stations by the AIRC. No moneys exchanged hands and programming was thus available to less prosperous stations on a ‘quality only’ basis.

The scheme also enabled many producers on small stations to gain national recognition for their work. As a result, many subsequently progressed to distinguished broadcasting careers.

Felicity Wells wrote an article – Recent Development in ILR Programme – in Independent Broadcasting, the magazine of the IBA, describing the work of the archive. The article was written in 1984, fairly early the life of the AIRC Programme Sharing Scheme which ran from 1983 – 1990. It gives some insight into the motivations for starting the scheme, and the contributions from ILR which were considered important at the time.

The tapes from the Programme Sharing Scheme were digitised with a grant from the AHRC and are availble from the BUFVC Radio.  Requires an ATHENS Login.


Copyright for the article resides with OFCOM.


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  1. Moftsefeeages on

    Thanks for posting

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