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Prison Radio International global survey

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Prison Radio International supports radio projects around the world that work with people who are, or have been, in prison.

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Katie Piper on National Prison Radio 

Friday, May 17th, 2024

The inspirational television presenter, writer, activist and survivor of a shocking acid attack in 2008, Katie Piper OBE, has been interviewed by the National Prison Radio team at HMP Styal about why she supports people in prison.

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How National Prison Radio changes lives

Monday, May 13th, 2024

Anna Owen, a BBC producer on secondment to HMPPS, recently interviewed Ali on his journey to becoming National Prison Radio’s award-winning daily breakfast show host and in turn, how this has transformed his life for the better.

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Behind the Crime series 3 repeats on BBC Radio 4

Friday, May 10th, 2024

In Behind the Crime, forensic psychologists Sally Tilt and Dr Kerensa Hocken interview people who have been to prison about the lives that led up to their crimes.

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Prison Radio Association takes home Gold at the 2024 ARIAS

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

This year, our charity the Prison Radio Association was nominated for a record eleven awards across nine categories at the UK ARIAS (Audio and Radio Industry Awards).

At last night’s ceremony we found out we won six awards, including Gold for our show Free Flow sponsored by Shannon Trust and hosted by the incredibly inspiring poet, radio presenter, and Prison Radio Association staff member Lady Unchained.

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National Prison Radio meets Louis Theroux

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024

The award-winning documentary producer and presenter Louis Theroux recently visited National Prison Radio and we had the rare opportunity, to interview him.

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National Prison Radio’s Ali interviews author Kit De Waal at launch of Quick Reads

Wednesday, May 1st, 2024

World Book Night took place on 23 April 2024. National Prison Radio’s daily breakfast show host Ali, had the pleasure of interviewing inspirational author Kit De Waal about her book that features on the Quick Reads series for the World Book Night booklist.

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Broadcaster Sonali Shah runs presenting workshop at National Prison Radio

Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

Last week, the National Prison Radio team were delighted to welcome journalist, broadcaster and author Sonali Shah to HMP Brixton for a special workshop focused on improving the team’s presenting and interviewing skills.

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National Prison Radio inspired me to write 130 poems in prison

Monday, April 29th, 2024

Darren recently left prison after serving a 12 month sentence. A huge fan of National Prison Radio, our award-winning show Free Flow inspired him to write 130 poems that helped him cope with prison life.

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Scout on working with National Prison Radio

Friday, April 26th, 2024

Scout recently left prison. She is a journalist and a published poet who worked for National Prison Radio while serving a prison sentence at HMP Styal. Here she gives her experience of working for National Prison Radio during her time behind bars.

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We Care: a new series for care leavers in prison on National Prison Radio

Thursday, March 28th, 2024

One in four adults in prison have been in the care system. Nearly half of all under-21s in contact with the criminal justice system have spent time in care.

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Prison Radio Association receives 11 nominations for the 2024 ARIAS!

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024

The Radio Academy has announced its nominees for the 2024 ARIAS – the ‘Oscars’ of the radio industry – and we have received eleven nominations across nine categories.

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TB: The Inside Story – new documentary from National Prison Radio

Monday, March 25th, 2024

Cases of Tuberculosis are rising in the UK, especially among those in prison. National Prison Radio is broadcasting crucial information in partnership with the UK Health Security Agency to help protect people in prison.

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We’re looking for a new producer to work in HMP Brixton!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2024

A rare opportunity has arisen to join our prison radio project at HMP Brixton, the beating heart of National Prison Radio.

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The Secret Life of Prisons podcast goes weekly!

Monday, March 11th, 2024

The Secret Life of Prisons, the smash-hit podcast from the Prison Radio Association charity, is relaunching as a weekly show.

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Life After Prison returns for series 5!

Saturday, March 9th, 2024

Our award-winning podcast Life After Prison with Zak and Jules is back for its fifth series, packed with fascinating interviews and loads of information to help support people on their journey after release.

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International Women’s Day on National Prison Radio

Friday, March 8th, 2024

Around 25 percent of women are reported to have experienced domestic violence. For women in prison, that number is far higher. Around 60 percent report having experienced abuse in the home.

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The Listening Room broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Thursday, February 29th, 2024

Groundbreaking radio drama originally broadcast on National Prison Radio gets broadcast slot on the UK’s most popular speech network.

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Behind the Crime shortlisted in True Crime Awards

Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Prison Radio Association’s flagship BBC Radio 4 series Behind the Crime has been shortlisted in two categories at the True Crime Awards.

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Prison Radio International visits Japan!

Friday, February 23rd, 2024

Dr. Ruth Armstrong represented the Prison Radio Association on a visit Japan to help grow prison radio’s global impact.

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Valentine’s on National Prison Radio

Friday, February 9th, 2024

Throughout February, National Prison Radio will be broadcasting special shows to celebrate Valentine’s Day and to help prisoners keep in touch with their loved ones.

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National Prison Radio’s show for veterans, At Ease, returns for Series 4

Wednesday, January 31st, 2024

More than 1 in 30 people in prison say they have previously been in the armed forces. The true number is likely to be far higher.

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Holocaust survivor Dr. Martin Stern MBE appears on National Prison Radio

Friday, January 26th, 2024

27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day and ahead of this day of remembrance, National Prison Radio welcomed several special guests to our studios in HMP Brixton.

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Behind the scenes at National Prison Radio

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024

National Prison Radio is the world’s first national radio station for people in prison. It’s available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on in-cell TV. But what’s it like to work for NPR?

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A Proposal for Resisting Darkness: new audio drama in partnership with Clean Break

Friday, January 19th, 2024

The Prison Radio Association has collaborated with Clean Break, a theatre company that works in prisons, to produce a brand new original audio drama.

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Comedian Nabil Abdulrashid talks prison and global success with NPR Talk

Wednesday, January 17th, 2024

January can be a tough month for many, and an even tougher month for those in prison. With this in mind, NPR have lined up inspiring stories from people who have found success after time behind bars to encourage listeners to keep their spirits up and to help keep their new year’s resolutions burning bright.  

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PRA makes The Radio Academy’s 30 Under 30!

Tuesday, December 19th, 2023

Two of the Prison Radio Association’s key staff have made it onto The Radio Academy’s class of 2023 – a prized industry accolade for young radio professionals.

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Christmas on National Prison Radio

Monday, December 18th, 2023

The crew from Kurupt FM will be taking over the National Prison Radio airwaves this Christmas.

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National Prison Radio’s Ali wins silver at the Audio Production Awards 2023!

Friday, December 15th, 2023

Award-winning Ali presents National Prison Radio’s daily breakfast show Porridge, but life was not always this way.

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Christmas on the Family and Friends Request Show

Thursday, December 7th, 2023

The reality of spending Christmas inside can be tough, but National Prison Radio are helping people stay connected to their loved ones in jail.

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NEW JOB VACANCY: Production and Social Media Assistant!

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

An extremely rare opportunity to become the first Production and Social Media Assistant on National Prison Radio’s award-winning podcast, Life After Prison.

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Behind the Crime returns to BBC Radio 4

Saturday, December 2nd, 2023

The Prison Radio Association produces this returning series in partnership with BBC Long Form Audio. And it’s back for a third series.

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The Prison Radio Association’s highlights of 2023

Friday, December 1st, 2023

We were honoured to win a silver award in the Audio Production Awards coveted Production Company of the Year last month. To celebrate, we’ve put together an Advent Calendar featuring some of our audio highlights from 2023.

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Rory Stewart delivers Longford Lecture on National Prison Radio

Sunday, November 26th, 2023

The former Prisons Minister turned podcast star delivered a barnstorming lecture to an audience in Westminster, with National Prison Radio listeners tuning in from their cells.

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National Prison Radio host Ali interviews chair of 2023 Booker Prize judges: Esi Edugyan

Friday, November 24th, 2023

Books Unlocked has broadcast every evening on National Prison Radio for over a decade. It’s a partnership with the National Literacy Trust.

The programme features Booker Prize nominated titles and is funded by the Booker Prize Foundation.

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Takeover Tuesdays: One Day, One Jail

Tuesday, November 21st, 2023

Tuesdays on National Prison Radio are Takeover Tuesdays. Every week we visit a different prison and record a day of shows, starting with our breakfast show Porridge.

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National Prison Radio’s new series looking at gambling harms

Friday, November 17th, 2023

Hold or Fold is the first show of its kind – a deep dive into the potential harm that can come from problem gambling, aiming to support people in prison. 

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Measles: The Inside Story – new documentary from National Prison Radio

Friday, November 10th, 2023

Cases of Measles are rising. National Prison Radio is broadcasting crucial information in partnership with the UK Health Security Agency to help protect people in prison.

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The Family and Friends Request Show – we need your help!

Friday, November 3rd, 2023

We want to learn how to improve our support of prisoners and their families. Complete our survey!

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Life After Prison live at Greenwich University

Thursday, November 2nd, 2023

Life After Prison is our award-winning podcast. We were welcomed by the University of Greenwich to record a very special live show.

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Prison Radio International goes Latin American!

Tuesday, October 24th, 2023

In October 2023, the PRA visited Latin America to help grow prison radio’s global impact.

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Life After Prison returns for series 4!

Thursday, October 19th, 2023

Our award-winning podcast Life After Prison returns for its fourth series. We take a look back and reflect on series 1-3.

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Brand new podcast: Money Mondays

Monday, October 16th, 2023

It’s natural to have concerns about money when you’re in prison. National Prison Radio helps those who have been through the criminal justice system to fix up their finances.

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Black History Month on National Prison Radio

Tuesday, October 10th, 2023

This year, National Prison Radio is celebrating, honouring and ‘Saluting Our Sisters‘ by highlighting the crucial role black women have played in social justice movements.

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Prison Radio Association wins big at the 2023 ARIAS

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023

We took home an incredible four awards, including a Gold award for Life After Prison podcast presenters Zak and Jules.

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Behind the Crime returns to BBC Radio 4

Saturday, April 1st, 2023

In Behind the Crime, forensic psychologists Sally Tilt and Dr Kerensa Hocken interview people who have been to prison about the lives that led up to their crimes.

Series 1 is still available to listen to on BBC Sounds, featuring interviews with Chris (whose drug-induced psychosis led him to a conviction for reckless arson), Khamran (who was imprisoned after a random, violent attack on a man on a railway station platform), and Ian (who was so desperate to control his compulsive behaviour that he deliberately walked into a police sting operation).

As the interviews unfold, it becomes clear that the root causes of all these offences were far from simple. All the participants make their remorse clear, and do not seek excuses for their behaviour. But in order to help people avoid causing harm in the future, forensic psychologists in prison seek to understand the underlying motivations behind criminal acts.

Starting on Sunday 2 April at 13.30 on BBC Radio 4, series 2 kicks off with a remarkable interview with Sinem.

While working as a prison officer, Sinem was caught trafficking multiple packages of cannabis into a young offender institution. But as the interview develops, it becomes clear that the circumstances which led to her crime were far from straightforward.

On Sunday 9 April, we meet Duewaine, who spent the best part of two decades in and out of prison, as a drug habit combined with patterns of behaviour that took root at an early age to spiral harmfully out of control.

And on Sunday 16 April, we meet David, who was convicted of fraud committed while working in the recruitment sector after sliding into immoral, and then criminal behaviour, almost without realising.

As a society, we send increasing numbers of people to prison each year. Criminal behaviour costs the country billions every year. 

Is it possible to prevent crime by understanding the root causes of offending behaviour?

Sally and Kerensa’s role in prisons is to help people look at the harm they’ve caused to other people, understand why it happened and work out how to make changes to prevent further harm after they’ve been released.

In Behind the Crime, they take the time to understand the life of someone whose crimes have led to harm and, in some cases, imprisonment.

Behind the Crime is a co-production with BBC Long Form Audio.

Producer: Andrew Wilkie
Editor: Clare Fordham

Brand new Secret Life of Prisons with the Orwell Foundation

Thursday, March 30th, 2023

Our hit podcast is back for a brand new series, featuring remarkable interviews with three people who have experienced homelessness.

This year sees the inaugural Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness, and the team are looking for entries from people who write about this subject that is deeply intertwined with crime and justice.

Phil and Paula set the scene, and then hand over to host Sangita Myska, who is one of the judges for this year’s prize.

Across three episodes of the series, entitled Down, Not Out, she talks to a variety of people with specialist knowledge and first-hand experience of homelessness, asking:

What is the daily reality of homelessness?
Do you have to be homeless to be homeless?
What are the solutions to homelessness?

Our particular thanks must go to Nic Woods, Charlston Aslet and Chris Lynam, who have all generously shared their experiences of homelessness for this series.

The series has been produced in partnership with the Orwell Foundation and the Centre for Homelessness Impact.

For the Orwell Foundation:
Host: Sangita Myska
Reader: Malorie Blackman OBE
Producer: Alex Grundon
Executive Producer: Liz Wallace

For the Prison Radio Association:
Hosts: Paula Harriott and Phil Maguire
Producer: Andrew Wilkie

Contributors: 
Charlston Aslet
Nic Woods
Chris Lynam
Professor Jean Seaton (Director, The Orwell Foundation)
Leanna Fairfax (Centre for Homelessness Impact)
Stephen Armstrong (Journalist and author of The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited; Trustee, The Orwell Foundation)
Christina Lamb (Journalist and author of The Prince Rupert Hotel for the Homeless)

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The Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness 2023 is open for entries until 17 April 2023. Entry details are available here. You can also enter by post. The address is The Orwell Foundation, IAS, University College London, WC1E 6BT. Please include a contact number or email address for someone who can reach you, if you can.

The Rock Show’s James on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live

Wednesday, March 29th, 2023

James first got involved with National Prison Radio whilst he was serving time in HMP Coldingley.

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National Prison Radio seeks new Managing Editor

Tuesday, March 28th, 2023

An extremely rare opportunity to become Managing Editor of National Prison Radio, the multi award-winning radio station for people in prison. 

We’re the charity that developed and runs National Prison Radio, the world’s first national radio station for people in prison.

Last year we picked up a Gold Award at the radio industry’s prestigious ARIAS. In recent years we’ve been crowned Independent Production Company of the Year (Audio Production Awards) and Charity of the Year (Third Sector Awards). We’ve also been nominated for a string of British Podcast Awards.

We operate out of two prison bases, HMP Brixton and HMP Styal.

National Prison Radio is the world’s first national radio station for people in prison. It aims to support people through their prison sentences, and prepare them for life after release. 

According to our latest research, 84% of people in prison listen to National Prison Radio, and they listen for an average 11.1 hours per week.

We’re looking for a Managing Editor, National Prison Radio to lead us into the future. A key member of the team, this person will manage the direction and quality of programming on the radio station, and also oversee our team of producers across both production sites.

The charity is at a moment of renewal, with several transformative projects in development. National Prison Radio sits at the heart of these initiatives. The person who fills this role will lead the National Prison Radio production team, have creative responsibility for the direction of National Prison Radio and oversee everything that comes out of the speaker.

We’re obsessed with high-quality production, and we aim to inspire our audience to take positive action as a result of listening to our programmes. We therefore focus on ensuring our content is as engaging and tightly-produced as possible. Candidates will need to demonstrate a solid background in management, with high-level format development and production skills.

Ours is an organisation unlike any other, and we’re particularly interested in hearing from candidates who, along with the required professional experience, have direct experience of the criminal justice system. 

We’re a driven, tight-knit team working in what can be a challenging, exhilarating world, and you will be motivated by the knowledge that your work has the potential to make a real difference.

How to apply: Please download the job description. Then download our Job Application Pack and email copies of your completed Application Form, Diversity Monitoring Form and References Form to recruitment@prison.radio. 

Application deadline: Sunday 23 April 2023

In line with our company Data Retention Schedule, we keep application forms up to one year after notifying candidates of the outcome of the recruitment exercise after which time they will be securely destroyed. If your application is successful, data regarding your references will be kept on file for up to seven years after your employment ends in line with other HR documentation. If your application is unsuccessful, data regarding your references will be securely destroyed. Data from diversity monitoring forms is recorded anonymously for recruitment KPIs and monitoring workforce equality and forms are securely destroyed. If for any reason we need to keep your recruitment data on record for longer than specified, you will be notified. For more information, please see our Recruitment Privacy Notice here.

International Women’s Day on National Prison Radio

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023

National Prison Radio is celebrating International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2023 and beyond!

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Presenter Call Out!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023

We are looking for a brilliant presenter to host our new series Hold or Fold!

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Valentine’s on National Prison Radio

Tuesday, February 14th, 2023

Love is on the air this Valentine’s!

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Come and work for the PRA!

Friday, February 10th, 2023

A rare opportunity has arisen to join our prison radio project at HMP Brixton, the beating heart of National Prison Radio.

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2022 at the Prison Radio Association

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023

What a year for the PRA!

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Christmas at National Prison Radio

Thursday, December 22nd, 2022

National Prison Radio is important to those in prison at Christmas time; for some it’s a lifeline.

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We’re recruiting a part-time Radio Producer at HMP Styal!

Monday, December 5th, 2022

A rare opportunity has arisen to join our prison radio project at HMP Styal, a women’s prison in Cheshire.

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Life After Prison

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022

Life After Prison is our brand-new podcast for people who have been to prison. Hosts Zak and Jules both know first-hand all about life behind bars.

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JOB ALERT: Fundraising Manager!

Thursday, July 28th, 2022

We’re looking for someone to help us grow our fundraising income!

We’re the charity that developed and runs National Prison Radio, the world’s first national radio station for people in prison.

We’re also on the cusp of launching a major Lottery-funded podcast channel, Life After Prison, and we’re leading the way in the global development of prison radio.

This year we picked up a Gold Award at the radio industry’s prestigious ARIAS. In recent years we’ve been crowned Independent Production Company of the Year (Audio Production Awards) and Charity of the Year (Third Sector Awards). We’ve also been nominated for a string of British Podcast Awards.

We’re looking for a Fundraising Manager to deliver on our trusts and grants fundraising priorities and secure income to support our work. This is a remote role with some occasional travel required.

You will work strategically with the senior management team to deliver the right funding for the right projects.

Reporting to the Director of Development, you will be responsible for investigating, researching and making approaches for new funding as well as maintaining and developing existing relationships to ensure future support.

Ours is an organisation unlike any other, and we’re particularly interested in hearing from candidates from under-represented backgrounds and from people who have lived experience of the criminal justice system. 

Candidates will need experience of delivering £300,000+ p.a. in grant funding and will have excellent relationship management skills, both in-person and online, and with a portfolio of existing partners.

We’re a driven, tight-knit team working in what can be a challenging, exhilarating world, and you will be motivated by the knowledge that your work has the potential to make a real difference.

How to apply: Please download the relevant job description. Then download our Job Application Pack and email copies of your completed Application Form, Diversity Monitoring Form and References Form to recruitment@prison.radio. Please make clear on your application which role you are applying for.

As part of our commitment to hiring a diverse workforce, all application forms will be anonymised before being passed to the relevant hiring manager.

Deadline for applications: Friday 26th August 2022.

In line with our company Data Retention Schedule, we keep application forms up to one year after notifying candidates of the outcome of the recruitment exercise after which time they will be securely destroyed. If your application is successful, data regarding your references will be kept on file for up to seven years after your employment ends in line with other HR documentation. If your application is unsuccessful, data regarding your references will be securely destroyed. Data from diversity monitoring forms is recorded anonymously for recruitment KPIs and monitoring workforce equality and forms are securely destroyed. If for any reason we need to keep your recruitment data on record for longer than specified, you will be notified. For more information, please see our Recruitment Privacy Notice here.

NEW JOB VACANCY: Research and Evaluation Manager! (Mat cover)

Saturday, July 2nd, 2022

We’re looking for someone to help us demonstrate our impact in prisons across England and Wales!

We’re the charity that developed and runs National Prison Radio, the world’s first national radio station for people in prison.

We’re also on the cusp of launching a major Lottery-funded podcast channel, Life After Prison, and we’re leading the way in the global development of prison radio.

This year we picked up a Gold Award at the radio industry’s prestigious ARIAS. In recent years we’ve been crowned Independent Production Company of the Year (Audio Production Awards) and Charity of the Year (Third Sector Awards). We’ve also been nominated for a string of British Podcast Awards.

We’re looking for a Research and Evaluation Manager to oversee the day-to-day evaluation of the charity’s impact. This is a maternity cover role, based in HMP Brixton in London.

You’ll be speaking to people in prison about the role National Prison Radio plays in daily prison life, and you’ll track the progress made by people who work in our studios in prison.

In the coming year, the role will also include the development of a new evaluation model for our groundbreaking podcast work. And you’ll be working with a team of external academics to understand the long-term impact of our work, as we aim to create a sector-leading framework for prison evaluation.

Ours is an organisation unlike any other, and we’re particularly interested in hearing from candidates from under-represented backgrounds and from people who have lived experience of the criminal justice system. 

Candidates will need to show their experience of managing an organisation’s evaluation processes, with experience of carrying out surveys and focus groups. You’ll need to be able to articulate the charity’s work and understand the needs of our listeners.

We’re a driven, tight-knit team working in what can be a challenging, exhilarating world, and you will be motivated by the knowledge that your work has the potential to make a real difference.

How to apply: Please download the relevant job description. Then download our Job ApplicationPack and email copies of your completed Application Form, Diversity Monitoring Form and References Form to recruitment@prison.radio. Please make clear on your application which role you are applying for.

As part of our commitment to hiring a diverse workforce, all application forms will be anonymised before being passed to the relevant hiring manager.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Sunday 7th August 2022.

In line with our company Data Retention Schedule, we keep application forms up to one year after notifying candidates of the outcome of the recruitment exercise after which time they will be securely destroyed. If your application is successful, data regarding your references will be kept on file for up to seven years after your employment ends in line with other HR documentation. If your application is unsuccessful, data regarding your references will be securely destroyed. Data from diversity monitoring forms is recorded anonymously for recruitment KPIs and monitoring workforce equality and forms are securely destroyed. If for any reason we need to keep your recruitment data on record for longer than specified, you will be notified. For more information, please see our Recruitment Privacy Notice here.

We’re recruiting a Head of National Prison Radio!

Monday, June 13th, 2022

An extremely rare opportunity to become Head of National Prison Radio, the multi award-winning radio station for people in prison.

We’re the charity that developed and runs National Prison Radio, the world’s first national radio station for people in prison.

This year we picked up a Gold Award at the radio industry’s prestigious ARIAS. In recent years we’ve been crowned Independent Production Company of the Year (Audio Production Awards) and Charity of the Year (Third Sector Awards). We’ve also been nominated for a string of British Podcast Awards.

We operate out of two prison bases, HMP Brixton and HMP Styal.

National Prison Radio is the world’s first national radio station for people in prison. It aims to support people through their prison sentences, and prepare them for life after release.

According to our latest data, 74% of people in prison listen to National Prison Radio, and they listen for an average 10.6 hours per week.

We’re looking for a Head of National Prison Radio to lead us into the future. A key member of the team, this person will manage the direction and quality of programming on the radio station, and also oversee our team of producers across both production sites.

The charity is at a moment of renewal, with several transformative projects in development. National Prison Radio sits at the heart of these initiatives, and the person who fills this role will lead a team

We’re obsessed with high-quality production, and we aim to inspire our audience to take positive action as a result of listening to our programmes. We therefore focus on ensuring our content is as engaging and tightly-produced as possible. Candidates will need to demonstrate a solid background in management, with high-level format development and production skills.

Ours is an organisation unlike any other, and we’re particularly interested in hearing from candidates who have lived experience of the criminal justice system. 

We’re a driven, tight-knit team working in what can be a challenging, exhilarating world, and you will be motivated by the knowledge that your work has the potential to make a real difference.

How to apply: Please download the job description. Then download our Job ApplicationPack and email copies of your completed Application Form, Diversity Monitoring Form and References Form to recruitment@prison.radio. If you are shortlisted for interview, you will be required to submit an example of your audio work ahead of the interview.

Application deadline: Sunday 26 June 2022

In line with our company Data Retention Schedule, we keep application forms up to one year after notifying candidates of the outcome of the recruitment exercise after which time they will be securely destroyed. If your application is successful, data regarding your references will be kept on file for up to seven years after your employment ends in line with other HR documentation. If your application is unsuccessful, data regarding your references will be securely destroyed. Data from diversity monitoring forms is recorded anonymously for recruitment KPIs and monitoring workforce equality and forms are securely destroyed. If for any reason we need to keep your recruitment data on record for longer than specified, you will be notified. For more information, please see our Recruitment Privacy Notice here.

We’re recruiting for multiple staff roles!

Friday, April 8th, 2022

A number of rare opportunities have arisen to join the multi-award winning Prison Radio Association charity!

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Snoochie Shy on BBC Celebrity Mastermind

Thursday, February 24th, 2022

We’re excited to announce that Snoochie Shy (@snoochieshy) will be appearing on BBC Celebrity Mastermind this weekend.

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Job vacancy: Podcast Producer (full-time)

Friday, October 29th, 2021

Join the Prison Radio Association producing life-changing shows as part of our brand-new, Lottery-funded podcast network!

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Windrush Stories returns for Black History Month

Monday, October 4th, 2021

Presenter DJ Flight talks to members of the so-called ‘Windrush Generation’ and their descendants about life in the UK.

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Guvna B chats to National Prison Radio

Friday, June 25th, 2021

New Chapters is a weekly show on National Prison Radio, where writers present their books and talk about their work. This month we’re listening to Unspoken by author and rapper Guvna B.

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Author Diane Cook shares advice for budding writers on National Prison Radio

Friday, June 11th, 2021

Run in partnership with the National Literacy Trust and the Booker Prize Foundation, Books Unlocked broadcasts every evening on National Prison Radio.

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Street Heat’s Jerelle on working with National Prison Radio

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Jerelle first got involved with National Prison Radio when he was serving time in HMP Brixton.

He now presents the Street Heat show which airs every week on National Prison Radio.

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Ali & LJ lead in-cell workouts on National Prison Radio’s The Warm Up

Monday, May 10th, 2021

National Prison Radio’s health and fitness show The Warm Up brings guided workouts into the cells of people in prison.

It’s helping people to keep active during lockdown.

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Nadia Rose, RA & Hak Baker share in-cell writing tips with National Prison Radio

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

BARS is National Prison Radio’s new show helping people in prison to be creative with words while locked up.

It’s presented by Brenda Birungi, aka Lady Unchained. She’s an award-winning poet who has spent time behind bars.

Humane Justice podcast – stories of kindness in prison

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

This week we’ve launched a series of six podcasts about the power of kindness in prison

The series, made with the charity Khulisa, is simple – six people tell their stories of how acts of kindness changed their lives.

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We’re hiring! Two excellent radio production colleagues wanted.

Friday, November 13th, 2020

Two opportunities have come up to join the Prison Radio Association’s award-winning production team.

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JOBS: Senior Radio Producer (Sport) and a Production and Project Manager

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Two extremely rare opportunities have come up to join the Prison Radio Association’s award-winning team behind the walls of HMP Styal, just south of Manchester. That means YOU could be working for the most exciting and innovative broadcaster in the UK!

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Subscribe to The Forensic Psychology Podcast

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

What happens to people when they go to prison?

The Forensic Psychology Podcast is our brand new series, produced with HMPPS Psychology Services and presented by Sally Tilt and Dr Kerensa Hocken, who work with people in prison who have committed very serious crimes.

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25 Days in April: new deep-dive documentary podcast

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

In April 1990, Strangeways prison in Manchester was subject to a major disturbance that lasted weeks.

30 years later we’ve done a deep-dive, two-part documentary series about the events of those 25 Days In April, as part of our Secret Life of Prisons podcast.

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The Other Tchaikovsky on BBC Radio 4

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

On Friday 28 August at 2:15pm, we are delighted to be taking over BBC Radio 4 with our brand new drama, The Other Tchaikovsky – the untold story of self-confessed outlaw, villain, activist, fraudster, lesbian club owner and visionary, Chris Tchaikovsky.

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Who listens to National Prison Radio, and why? The numbers are in…

Monday, August 24th, 2020

33% of people in prison tune in to National Prison Radio every day, and they listen for an average of 10.6 hours per week.

These are the headline figures from our Impact Snapshot 2020, detailing the charity’s work.

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Welcome to Future Prison

Monday, July 13th, 2020

The Prison Radio Association his releasing a series of podcasts called Future Prison, bringing people who have been to prison face-to-face with senior figures from the Ministry of Justice to talk about their experience.

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‘We’re Thinking About You’ – Radio and TV stars send National Prison Radio listeners messages of support

Saturday, June 27th, 2020

National Prison Radio has reached out to people from across the radio and music industries and beyond to ask for words of support for people serving prison sentences during lockdown … and received an amazing response.

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New Podcast: Windrush Stories

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

On Windrush Day 2020, we are proud to release our latest podcast series, Windrush Stories.

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BBC Radio 6 Music’s Marc Riley appears on National Prison Radio

Monday, June 8th, 2020

BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Marc Riley has volunteered his time and skills to create a pair of very special lockdown programmes for National Prison Radio.

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A new virus grips the world

Friday, May 29th, 2020

Check out National Prison Radio’s brand-new visualised drama Echoes, produced in collaboration with Crowded Room.

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Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland: communication with prisoners during lockdown is key

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

National Prison Radio has put prisoners’ questions to Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland QC in an exclusive interview.

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National Prison Radio broadcasts strongest ever schedule

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

National Prison Radio’s broadcast schedule for May is the strongest ever, as PRA staff work in difficult conditions to support our audience behind bars.

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BBC Radio 4 is Unchained

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

On Thursday 23 April 2020 at 11.30am, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a documentary produced by the Prison Radio Association entitled Unchained.

It marks the network radio presenting debut of poet and long-time National Prison Radio presenter Brenda Birungi, aka Lady Unchained.

She’s written a guest article for us about making the programme.

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National Prison Radio: a lifeline during the COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, March 27th, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak presents significant challenges in keeping a 24-hour radio station on-air, at a time when clear information and support for people in prisons is more important than ever.

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Come and work for the PRA in 2020!

Friday, December 20th, 2019

To start 2020, we’re hiring THREE new people to join our award-winning team! Could you be one of them?

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PRA is looking for Trustees

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

A message from the Chair of our Board of Trustees: Roma Hooper OBE.

The Prison Radio Association is seeking new Trustees to join our board. We are committed to building a diverse Board of Trustees.

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Crime and Consequence – our new podcast

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

We’ve been working with Clinks, the charity that supports the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system, to create. brand new podcast series called Crime and Consequence.

It asks tough questions about how we deal with crime.

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National Prison Radio asks for 100 words

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

National Prison Radio is working in partnership with the Shannon Trust as we approach Christmas, by asking listeners to send in 100 words on the theme of ‘success’.

The entries will be judged by an expert panel including Kate Tempest (pictured).

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The Secret Life of Prisons

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Prisoners are deeply concerned about the lack of balanced and accurate representation in the media about the reality of prison life.

We’ve teamed up with the Prison Reform Trust to produce a podcast that aims to correct that.

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Phil Maguire OBE

Friday, June 7th, 2019

The Prison Radio Association is pleased to announce that its Chief Executive, Phil Maguire, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for ‘Services to Radio Production and Prison Radio’.

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Multimedia Producer wanted for HMP Styal

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

We’re looking for a Multimedia Producer to work with our digital production team, based at HMP Styal, a women’s prison near Manchester.

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We’re hiring!

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

An extremely rare opportunity has come up to join the Prison Radio Association’s award-winning production team behind the walls of HMP Brixton.

That means YOU could be working for the most exciting and innovative broadcaster in the UK!

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Production Talent Wanted

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

We’re the Prison Radio Association – the multi award-winning charity that developed and runs National Prison Radio, the world’s first national radio station for prisoners.

We’re on the lookout for new production talent to work with our team of prisoners in HMP Brixton, creating content that will inspire change and offer much-needed support at a very difficult time.

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Prison Pod Picks: Jo Meek

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Each month a member of the PRA team recommends their current must-listen podcasts and radio programmes.

This month Jo Meek, the PRA’s Digital Director, brings us her selection.

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Making Waves Behind Bars – book out now!

Monday, October 29th, 2018

The brief history of the Prison Radio Association has been turned into a book by Dr Charlotte Bedford – and you can buy a copy just in time for Christmas.

Making Waves Behind Bars is out now, published by Bristol University Press.

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Architecture of Incarceration

Friday, August 17th, 2018

What should prisons look like? Can good prison design help the people held within them to avoid reoffending in the future?

Architecture of Incarceration is the latest BBC Radio 4 documentary from PRA Productions. The programme’s presenter, architect Danna Walker, asks precisely these questions.

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We’ve got the best Brief

Friday, August 17th, 2018

When  you spend time in prison, one thing is for certain – you will be entangled in often incomprehensible legal processes that can be incredibly stressful and seemingly interminable.

Thanks to funding from the Law Society Charity, National Prison Radio is bringing people in prison a regular legal slot that aims to demystify the law.

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Prison Pod Picks: Alex Bishop

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Each month we bring you recommendations for must-listen radio programmes and podcasts.

Alex Bishop is the PRA’s Production Manager. His job is to ensure our productions run smoothly, and to create award-winning on-air campaigns alongside our partners in the criminal justice sector and beyond.

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Prison Radio Association in numbers

Friday, August 10th, 2018

86% of people in prison listen to National Prison Radio, and they listen for an average of 9.6 hours each week.

These are among the key findings from the Prison Radio Association’s 2018 Impact Snapshot.

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National Prison Radio seeks Managing Editor

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

An extremely rare opportunity has come up to take charge of the most exciting and innovative radio station in the world! (At least, we like to think so…)

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Prison Pod Picks: Chris Impey

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Each month we bring you recommendations for must-listen podcasts and radio programmes.

Chris Impey is the Managing Editor of National Prison Radio. He’s the person who makes sure the quality remains high, and the programmes hit the right notes, supporting people behind bars to move forward positively with their lives after prison.

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Sounds Inside: the documentary

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to spend time in prison? Our unique documentary allows you to experience 24 hours behind bars, through the power of audio.

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PRA Productions makes film for BBC Radio 1’s iPlayer channel

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Steph was in a bank when a robber burst in, held her hostage and threatened her with a meat cleaver. Traumatised, she decided to meet her attacked face to face. Watch her story in our new BBC film. (more…)

Miscarriage of Justice: A Survivor’s Story

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Michael O’Brien was wrongly convicted of murder and served 11 years in prison before being released. We’ve made a film of his incredible story.

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Attention radio producers: we’re hiring!

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

An extremely rare opportunity has come up to join the Prison Radio Association’s award-winning production team behind the walls of HMP Brixton. That means YOU could be working for the current Independent Production Company of the Year!  (more…)

Space is the Place

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Joe and Dave, living at HMP Leicester, have been part of the team putting together a brand new show for National Prison Radio all about space.

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DOUBLE BUBBLE podcast out now

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

We’ve teamed up with Stop Loan Sharks to produce an innovative, five-part micro-drama called DOUBLE BUBBLE. It’s written by, and also stars, Carl Cattermole, who himself spent time behind bars.

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Prison Pod Picks: Katie Bilboa

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Each month we bring you recommendations for must-listen podcasts and radio programmes.

Katie Bilboa, producer of our forthcoming drama podcast Double Bubble, is just about to leave the Prison Radio Association for an exciting new job helping Penguin Books develop their podcasts. Her final task is to give us her selection of listening treats.

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Brand new podcast: Sex Talk

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

The PRA has published its first podcast series, and it promises to probe some intimate subjects.

Sex Talk is presented by Adele Roberts and Hilary Ineomo-Marcus, and it contains some remarkable stories and honest chat about sex.

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Ear Hustle joins National Prison Radio lineup

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Ear Hustle, the podcasting phenomenon from San Quentin State Prison in California, is coming to the National Prison Radio airwaves.

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Prison Pod Picks: James Batchelor

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Each month we bring you recommendations for must-listen podcasts and radio programmes.

James Batchelor was behind bars in HMP Brixton, where he presented on National Prison Radio. Having served his sentence, he’s now the radio tutor at HMP Swinfen Hall.

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What happened when Carl returned to prison?

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to spend time in prison? Our unique documentary allows you to experience 24 hours behind bars, through the power of audio.

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Prison Pod Picks: Andrew Wilkie

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Each month a member of the PRA team recommends their current must-listen podcasts and radio programmes.

The US is currently the podcasting Mecca, but this month, Andrew Wilkie, the PRA’s Director of Radio, brings us some programmes from closer to home – and one from Down Under.

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Making waves behind bars

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

James Batchelor has just been appointed the new tutor on the radio production course at HMP Swinfen Hall. It’s a complete role reversal for someone who not so long ago was himself behind bars and learning about radio.

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How National Prison Radio’s Rock Show saved my life

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Since Gareth was released from prison last year, he’s flourished. But, he says, without National Prison Radio – and one programme in particular – it would have been very different. “I’ve no doubt The Rock Show saved my life,” he says.

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Listen to Man Booker-shortlisted author Jim Crace on National Prison Radio

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Man Booker-shortlisted author Jim Crace has been telling National Prison Radio about how his book Harvest is about how we can grow to resent people who are different.

It’s being featured on January’s edition of Books Unlocked – a unique partnership which brings great literature into prison.

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Prison Pod Picks: Perri Hurley

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Each month a member of the PRA team recommends their current must-listen podcasts and radio programmes.

This month, Perri Hurley, one of the PRA’s incredible production team, takes us Stateside for three examples of storytelling at its finest.

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Stop Loan Sharks

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

The Prison Radio Association has produced a hard-hitting new film in partnership with the Stop Loan Sharks initiative.

It’s a true story about Matthew*, who borrowed from a loan shark when he got out of prison, a situation which quickly spiralled out of control. (more…)

Join our Senior Management Team!

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

An extremely rare opportunity has come up to become our new Director of Development, right at the heart of the Prison Radio Association’s Senior Management Team. Exciting? Just a bit!

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Prison Pod Picks: Phil Maguire

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Each month a member of the PRA team recommends their current must-listen podcasts and radio programmes.

This month, Phil Maguire, the PRA’s Chief Executive, brings us the finest storytelling on Earth – from inside prison and out.

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Listen to the Longford Lecture on National Prison Radio

Monday, December 4th, 2017

National Prison Radio has broadcast the annual Longford Lecture LIVE into prison cells across the UK for the first time. Hosted by Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow, the speaker was the film maker and activist Ken Loach.

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Opening up parole on National Prison Radio

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

National Prison Radio’s prisoner-presenters are putting some tough questions to the Chief Executive of the Parole Board, as part of a special campaign to inform prisoners about the parole process.

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PRA is Indie of the Year!

Friday, November 24th, 2017

The PRA has won two Golds at the 2017 Audio Production Awards, including being named Indie of the Year.

We were also incredibly proud to win Gold in the Grassroots Production category for National Prison Radio. (more…)

Who are our Expert Citizens? Find out at Inside Prison Radio 2018.

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Expert Citizens are the heart and soul of National Prison Radio. You can hear from some of our most talented Expert Citizens at Inside Prison Radio 2018, our annual Development Day, at the Southbank Centre in London on Thursday 18 January 2018.

EARLY BIRD tickets at a reduced rate are on sale now!

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Author David Mitchell broadcasts on National Prison Radio

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Man Booker Prize shortlisted author David Mitchell has broadcast on National Prison Radio this week as part of our Books Unlocked programme, in partnership with the National Literacy Trust. The project is funded by the Booker Prize Foundation.

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Prison Pod Picks: Muna Ahmed

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

In a brand new series, each month a member of the PRA team will be recommending their current must-listen podcasts and radio programmes.

This month, Muna Ahmed, the PRA’s Station Sound Producer and BBC Radio 4 documentary maker, takes us through what’s on her headphones at the moment.

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We’re looking for an Employment and Training Manager

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

We’re looking for an exceptional Employment and Training Manager to be based in our brand new production facility outside the gates of HMP Styal, near Manchester.

It’s a crucial new part-time role as we develop the support we offer to prisoners to include routes into education, training and employment after release. (more…)

Straightline gets Promise of kickstart from D&AD

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

The PRA, in partnership with design agency Supple Studio, has pulled off an astonishing win in the D&AD Impact Awards, which celebrates creative ideas that have world-changing potential, for its embryonic Straightline project.

The Awards are part of New York Advertising Week and exist to celebrate ideas that can bring real change.

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PRA Chair appears on 2GB Sydney to talk NPR

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Check out this interview with Prison Radio Association founder and Chair, Roma Hooper OBE, on radio 2GB in Sydney.

Here, she tells the story of the PRA and how fellow Trustee Mark Robinson got her involved in prison radio.

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PRA staff member elected to Radio Independents Group Board

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Andrew Wilkie, the PRA’s Director of Radio and Operations, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Radio Independents Group (RIG – the body that represents the interests and needs of the UK’s independent radio production industry).

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PRA Productions tells beautiful, tragic story on BBC World Service

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Prince Nico Mbarga wrote one of the biggest-selling singles in world music history, but you’ve probably never heard of him.

PRA Productions’ latest documentary for the BBC World Service tells the beautiful, tragic story of Sweet Mother, with DJ Edu.

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Two silvers for PRA Productions at the New York Festivals

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

We are proud to announce that we have won two silver awards for our BBC Radio 4 productions at the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards.

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We are looking for a Digital Director

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

How would you like to work for the reigning Charity of the Year?

We’re looking for someone to fill an exciting new position in the heart of our Senior Management Team, based in our brand new premises at HMP Styal, near Manchester.

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On The Case

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

National Prison Radio is teaming up with the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to help people in prison understand their rights if they feel they are the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

Our unique new series of programmes, On The Case, tells stories from people who have successfully appealed and aims to ensure everyone in prison knows what the CCRC does.

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How many people listen to National Prison Radio?

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

National Prison Radio broadcasts to over 81,000 people in prison across England, Wales and Scotland, and 72% listen regularly. The average listener tunes in for 11.4 hours every week.

These are the main findings from the Prison Radio Association’s annual Impact Snapshot.

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Keep On The Straightline

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Our brand new weekly Straightline Request Show is broadcast on National Prison Radio and also online at mixcloud.com/straightline.

It features requests across the prison walls, between prisoners and their loved-ones. We do it because keeping family bonds healthy helps reduce crime.

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Can Writing Letters Help Reduce Crime?

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Having a solid network of family and friends to return to after release from prison is the single most important factor in reducing a person’s likelihood of returning to jail.

National Prison Radio has partnered with the Shannon Trust to bring a unique programme to the airwaves which supports family bonds.

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Straightline artwork wins D&AD Pencil

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Our developing multimedia platform, Straightline, has walked off with one of the most coveted awards in the design world – a D&AD Pencil, at the 2017 D&AD Professional Awards.

The team behind the design is Supple Studios.

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Do you want to help the PRA become even better?

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

We are looking for an exceptional Research Assistant to help move the PRA to the next level.

Read on to find out how you might be able to join the Charity of the Year.

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We are hiring!

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Are you a fantastic charity fundraiser? Do you want a flexible, part-time job that allows you to work from home, working for the Charity of the Year?

Click here to find out more.

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National Prison Radio drama on BBC Radio 4

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

National Prison Radio’s first ever radio drama, Bound, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 5 January 2017.

Bound features performances from serving prisoners and professional actors, including John Henshaw (Early Doors), Sally Carman (Shameless) and Matthew McNulty (The Musketeers).

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The Kids Who Decide What All The Other Kids Talk About

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Meet the group of university dropouts who are using social media to influence young people on an industrial scale.

The PRA’s Chris Impey has produced a fascinating documentary for BBC Radio 4 about the new frontier in marketing – social media, and you can download it as the latest episode of the Seriously podcast.

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PRA co-founder Roma Hooper receives OBE

Friday, December 30th, 2016

Roma Hooper, the pioneer of prison radio in the UK and across the world, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year 2017 Honours List.

Roma is the Chair of the Prison Radio Association’s Board of Trustees, and co-founded Europe’s very first prison radio station at HMYOI Feltham.

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Watch ‘Letters From The Inside’

Friday, December 16th, 2016

The Prison Radio Association has teamed up with Letters Live to put on an emotional live show in the chapel inside HM Prison Brixton.

A short film of the event gives a taste of this exclusive performance.

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Letters Live: Letters from the Inside, HMP Brixton, Wednesday 14 December 2016

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The Prison Radio Association is teaming up with Letters Live for a unique fundraising event inside HMP Brixton.

Only around 100 tickets are available to this exclusive show and can be booked here.

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PRA Productions goes to space for the BBC World Service

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

We Shall Fly is the latest PRA Production to appear on the BBC, looking at the surprising history of African space exploration.

Presented by space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock, the two-part series on the BBC World Service asks why African nations are so keen to journey into the future as a space-going continent. (more…)

Inside Prison Radio 2016 is coming soon!

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

The Prison Radio Association’s annual Development Day is coming soon, and EARLY BIRD tickets at a reduced rate are on sale now!

Inside Prison Radio 2016 takes place at the Southbank Centre in London on Wednesday 16 November, 2016.

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Do you want to work for the Charity of the Year 2016?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

We’re looking for someone brilliant to help us get prisoners into training and employment after they’ve worked with us on National Prison Radio.

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Prison Radio Association is Charity of the Year!

Friday, September 16th, 2016

The Prison Radio Association has won the biggest prize in the charitable sector, after it was named Charity of the Year at the 2016 Third Sector Awards.

The judges said we were “hands down winners”.

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PRA Productions wins Gold

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

A landmark documentary produced by PRA Productions for BBC Radio 4 has been awarded a Gold Award at the prestigious New York Festival.

The Abuse Trial told a very personal story from inside Greater Manchester Police’s biggest ever historical sex abuse investigation.

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We’re looking for freelance producers!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Do you want to make radio that changes lives?

We’re looking for exceptional freelance producers to work with us producing radio that has a real social impact.

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National Prison Radio on BBC Radio 4

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

National Prison Radio will make a rare extended appearance on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 19 March 2016.

The special edition of Archive on 4 focuses on National Prison Radio’s monthly programme, Outside In, which is recorded in the BBC’s New Broadcasting House by former prisoners. The programme is produced in a unique partnership between the Prison Radio Association and BBC Outreach.

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Helping prisoners into employment

Friday, March 11th, 2016

The Prison Radio Association has partnered with the National Careers Service to launch a six-month on-air campaign dedicated to helping prisoners find employment after release.

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National Prison Radio – in numbers

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

76% of prisoners are National Prison Radio listeners. They listen for an average 10.4 hours per week.

These are the headline findings from the Prison Radio Association’s annual Impact Snapshot, which has just been published.

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We are hiring!

Friday, December 4th, 2015

We’re at the cusp of something really exciting. Do you want to be at the heart of it?

Part-time Fundraising Coordinator (2 days per week), £30,000 p.a. pro rata

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PRA Productions on BBC Radio 4

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Lynn Hill writes poetry. She was a drone operative in the Iraq and Afghan wars after 9/11, from a base in Las Vegas, Nevada.

PRA Productions was commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to produce a documentary about her poetry and her experiences, and it’s available to listen to here.

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Book now for Inside Prison Radio 2015

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The PRA’s eighth annual development day takes place on Tuesday 24th November. Tickets, which include lunch, are available now at £75 (inc VAT).

And if you are a former prisoner, or you have former prisoners in your team who would like to come, we still have a limited number of FREE tickets to give away. Contact us for more info.

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We are looking for a Production Manager / Producer

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Are you a skilled, creative, experienced audio producer? Do you want to make radio that changes lives?

We are looking of someone to produce content for a range of partner organisations, and to look after crucial relationships.

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Apply now for our Broadcast Assistant Internship at HMP Brixton

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The Prison Radio Association is looking for a super-organised, bright, enthusiastic, intelligent Broadcast Assistant to work with prisoners in creating ground-breaking programmes for National Prison Radio.

This is a paid internship lasting six months.

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What difference does National Prison Radio make to prisoners?

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

The vast majority of prisoners listen to National Prison Radio – 84% tune in by the latest count, with more than a third tuning in every single day.

National Prison Radio provides vital information and discussion in a uniquely-accessible format, helping prisoners understand the impact of crime on themselves, their families, victims, and society as a whole. It provides a platform for those prisoners who can act as a positive influence on their peers, encouraging engagement with interventions that can help to reduce reoffending.

You can read our latest Impact Snapshot here, which details National Prison Radio’s impact, including listening figures and examples of the impact the service is having on the lives of prisoners 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

Listen to some inspirational authors on National Prison Radio

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

National Prison Radio puts inspirational voices into prison cells across England and Wales – including some big-name authors.

Alan Bennett, Russell Brand, Attica Locke, John Hegley, Miranda Dickinson, Roddy Doyle are some of the writers who have featured on National Prison Radio in recent months, and we’ve made them available for you to hear.

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Vote for Prison Radio

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Our friends at Adj Hangot, a ground-breaking prison radio station in Hungary have been nominated for the prestigious Sozial Marie Prize for Social Innovation.

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Listen to prison radio from Trinidad & Tobago

Monday, January 5th, 2015

On Christmas Day 2014, inhabitants of Trinidad & Tobago’s capital city, Port of Spain, had a unique opportunity to hear a live radio show broadcast from inside the country’s Maximum Security Prison, in an emotional simulcast.

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Russell Brand on National Prison Radio

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Listen to what happened when Russell Brand went in to HMP Thameside in south-east London, to encourage prisoners there to take part in the Six Book Challenge

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PRA Productions nominated for Indie of the Year

Monday, November 10th, 2014

PRA Productions, the Prison Radio Association’s audio production arm, has been nominated for the prestigious Indie of the Year award at the Radio Academy’s annual Radio Production Awards – for the SECOND year running.

The awards are contested every year amongst the best radio producers in the country, and competition is always extremely fierce.

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Apply now for our Broadcast Assistant Internship

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

The Prison Radio Association is looking for a super-organised, bright, enthusiastic, intelligent Broadcast Assistant to work with prisoners in creating ground-breaking programmes for National Prison Radio.

This is a paid internship lasting six months.

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PRA wins at Third Sector Awards!

Monday, October 20th, 2014

PRA Productions, the audio production arm of the Prison Radio Association, has won the Enterprise category at the 2014 Third Sector Awards.

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Apply now for our PAID INTERNSHIP!

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Want to work for a cutting-edge, multi award-winning radio charity – the Prison Radio Association?

We’re looking for a bright, intelligent individual who is eager to learn about how media is changing lives as part of the charitable and voluntary sector.

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Wanted: Part-Time Finance Director

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

The Prison Radio Association is looking for a part-time, home-based Finance Director to help us build for the future.

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Prison Radio Association shortlisted in Third Sector Awards 2014

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

PRA Productions, the audio production arm of the Prison Radio Association, is delighted to have been shortlisted in the Enterprise category of the 2014 Third Sector Awards.

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Prison Radio Association is the BBC4 Appeal

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Support the work of the Prison Radio Association by listening to BBC Radio 4.

The BBC Radio 4 Appeal is a weekly radio programme which features the work of UK charities. And on Sunday 27 April 2014 the programme will feature the work of the Prison Radio Association.

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