The Selector is the British Council’s weekly radio programme bringing you the best new music from the vibrant UK scene. Indie, pop, rock, grime, dubstep, folk, soul, electro, and everything in between.

The Selector covers all genres of contemporary music and features exclusive live sessions from some of the most exciting artists coming out of the UK today. The show has an estimated global audience of over 3 million and is syndicated on FM and online in over 30 countries around the world.

In Spain, The Selector is produced and presented by Nicolas Jackson, in collaboration with Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) and broadcast weekly on Radio 3 Extra.

  • You can listen to the latest show and catch up on previous programmes on the RTVE website.
  • You can also listen to The Selector on your phone or tablet with the easy-to-use Radio 3 AppDownload the app here for iPhone and Android.
  • Follow The Selector on Twitter @theselectorr3 and on our Facebook page.
  • Sign up to our monthly newsletter here
  • Discover our monthly playlist of the best of UK music on Spotify. 

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The Selector Live - Cooncert

Find out more about The Selector

The Selector is a globally syndicated radio programme created and owned by the British Council. In its various versions it reaches a worldwide audience of more than 3 million listeners. Besides Spain, The Selector is syndicated on FM and online to over 30 countries around the world including Mexico, Colombia, Uganda, Hungary, Malawi, Ukraine, Malaysia and China. The original version of the programme is in English and is recorded in London by the production company Folded Wing. Listen to the English language version of The Selector here.

Since its creation in 2001, The Selector has won multiple awards including:

Best Pop Show - Mixcloud awards (Runner up, Best Online Radio Show of 2014)

Best Music Show  - BT Digital Music Awards, London

Best Regularly Scheduled Music Program (Bronze) - New York Festivals Awards

International Radio Show of the Year - International Radio Festival, Zurich

Best Weekly Music Programme (Gold) - Radio Academy Awards

Radio Programme of the Year - Hungary

More about Nicolas Jackson

The Selector is presented by Nicolas Jackson from the Arts Department at the British Council in Spain. Nicolas presents another British Council programme on culture called North By Southwest on Radio Nacional de España's Radio Exterior station, as well as programmes on classical music for RNE's Radio Clásica. He also produces and directs audio drama for the BBC.

Here comes The Selector Live with the best British concerts in Spain

With nearly 200 hours of content, the British Council’s radio program, The Selector, directed by Nicolas Jackson in collaboration with Radio3 extra, has introduced the best of the British emerging music scene to Spain over the past 5 years .  Florence and the Machine, Adele or Bonobo was bought to you first by The Selector, Europe's leading musical discovery program.

With an eclectic selection ranging from grime to pop-folk or RNB and electronics, the Selector also has a monthly playlist and newsletter. 

A-la-carte concerts and public voting

The Selector Live has also decided to offer a unique way of discovering new bands to its listeners: "concerts à la carte". In collaboration with the Cooncert platform, a pioneer in organizing concerts on demand in Spain, the British Council would like to invite the public to vote for their favourite artists and  to bring them on tour to their city. We are launching this programme with two heavy weights of the music industry:  NAO and JP Cooper, the most successful up and coming bands of the British circuit with music that will reach out to a wide audience.

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