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BBC Children in Need worked with the Today Programme in a nationwide competition to design a fundraising radio for Children in Need.

The competition was inspired by the Today programme's impending move to New Broadcasting House at Portland Place, the programme's original home. The brief asked people to reflect the great traditions of radio but also represent broadcasting in a contemporary way.

Tivoli Audio was awarded the manufacturing rights to work with BBC Children in Need on this project and the brief was to design a 'skin' or outer cover for a Model 10+ radio.

All designs were judged by the panel shown below, with the winning design currently in production and will be on sale in autumn 2012 for a limited period. Pre-orders can be made on this website now. A guaranteed £50 from the sale of this radio will benefit BBC Children in Need and Tivoli Audio will take no profits from this project.

  • Sarah Montague, Presenter Today
  • Stevie Spring, Chair of Trustees for BBC Children in Need
  • Deyan Sudjic, Director of The Design Museum
  • Ceri Thomas, Editor of Today


Tivoli Audio's CEO and Founder, Tom DeVesto with Sarah Montague of the Today programme.

Tom DeVesto, the Chief Executive Officer of Tivoli Audio, came all the way from Boston to London to be present during the judging process. The panel wanted his advice on whether the shortlisted design ideas could be realised and manufactured within the given timescale.

At the start of the competition, Stevie Spring, Chair of Trustees at BBC Children in Need, said: "This is a fantastic competition that allows design students out there to unleash their creative talent while helping raise money for disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK."

Deyan Sudic, Director of The Design Museum added, "It's great that the BBC is ready to start something like this. In the ever more screen-based digital world, the idea of the radio as a physical object retains a powerful appeal."

Tom DeVesto, Founder and CEO of Tivoli Audio, commented: "It's a thrill to work with BBC Children in Need on this project. Design has always, and will always, play a massive part in Tivoli Audio products, and I am hoping to be blown away by the design ideas of the competition entrants. The fact that profits from sales of the winning design will go to such a deserving cause made us determined to be part of this."

BBC Children in Need's vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. This vision is realised through supporting projects working with disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK.

The Today programme launched in October 1957 and has been BBC Radio 4's flagship news and current affairs production ever since. Seven million listeners tune in each week, and November 2012 sees Today return from its current base at Television Centre in Shepherd's Bush to its original home at the renovated Broadcasting House.

The Design Museum is one of the world's leading museums devoted to architecture and design. Located in Shad Thames, for the past 22 years, the museum has hosted exhibitions showcasing some of the most important pioneers of design. For further information, including details of the museum's planned 2014 relocation to the former Commonwealth Institute building, please visit www.designmuseum.org

Tivoli Audio was founded by Tom DeVesto, a highly respected innovator in the audio industry, and the man responsible for some of the best-selling and most innovative hi-fi and multimedia speaker products available.

A panel of judges selected the winning design for a limited edition digital radio to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

The design competition was hosted by the Today programme and Mr David Hampson from Cardiff was announced as the winner. His design was inspired by the architecture of the original Broadcasting House and the new building which opened earlier this year. David's design is now in production and the finished radio is available for pre-order now.

The winning designer David Hampson(left) with Tivoli Audio's CEO and Founder, Tom DeVesto(right).
The winning designer David Hampson(left) with Tivoli Audio's CEO and Founder, Tom DeVesto(right).


David said:

"I'm thrilled to have won the competition. It's wonderful to know that my design will actually go into production, be sold and used in many people's homes and I'm pleased that profits will be going to BBC Children in Need. When I heard the announcement of the competition on the Today programme, my mind was filled with all sorts of concepts for radios. I began to investigate plans and photographs of Broadcasting House, old and new and took it from there."


David explained how he came up with the design: "The front display face on the radio echoes two of the features of the original Broadcasting House, the clock face surround and the roof aerial, but keeping these details reasonably simple and uncluttered. The curves on the side panels of the radio are based on the perspective view of the new building when looking up from the new courtyard. On the right side panel the light blue represents day-break over the still darkened building, with the two lit windows showing that journalists on the early shift are already hard at work. These curved shapes also pay reference to radio and sound waves and the complex patterns that they form. The different colours of the veneer panel are a modern take on the marquetry detailing on traditional radio cabinet design; the different shades of blue giving it a crisp contemporary feel."

Ceri Thomas, Editor of Today said: "It was a very strong field of entrants but David is a deserved winner. His entry really impressed the judges, with a striking design that incorporates elements of the original Broadcasting House and celebrates the new building as well. I'm sure it will help to raise much-needed funds for BBC Children in Need."

David Ramsden, BBC Children in Need Chief Executive, says: "Congratulations to Mr. Hampson on his winning design; his radio is incredibly striking and creative. I know it will help raise vital funds so we can continue our work in supporting disadvantaged children right here in the UK."

David's winning design along with some other impressive entries is available to view now in an audio slideshow on the BBC News website here.

Designs were judged by Ceri Thomas, Editor of Today, Deyan Sudjic, Director of The Design Museum, Sarah Montague of the Today programme and Stevie Spring, Chair of Trustees for BBC Children in Need. The Design Adviser was Tom DeVesto, Founder and CEO of Tivoli Audio.


Thanks to your support, BBC Children in Need are able to make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK.

The BBC Children in Need Appeal is a charity registered in England and Wales (802052) and Scotland (SC039557) whose aim is to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

BBC Children in Need's vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. They will realise this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience.

They are currently supporting 2,600 projects that are working with children facing a range of disadvantages for example, poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people.

Each project that receives a grant from BBC Children in Need works with children and young people who may be affected by abuse, homelessness, neglect, poverty, or those who have disabilities, psychological disorders or who have encountered or are encountering serious illnesses.

All of the grants are targeted to areas across the UK where they will make a real difference to the lives of children and young people; they are allocated geographically to ensure that all corners of the UK receive a share of the money raised.

Every penny from the money you raise or donate will go towards helping disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK. Children in Need are able to make this promise because they use investment income and Gift Aid to cover all running costs, meaning that you can be sure your money makes a real difference.

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