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BBC leads at all-new radio industry awards

By | Published on Friday 21 October 2016


The Radio Academy launched its revamped awards event earlier this week, what is basically a successor for the old Sony Awards, though the UK radio industry organisation banged the word ‘audio’ in the title as well as ‘radio’, so that it can celebrate whatever new fangled radio-style services pop up on the internet in the coming years without ever overreaching its remit.

It does mean that – as the Audio And Radio Industry Awards – the new back-slapping bash shares its name with the Australian record industry’s big awards event the ARIAs. Though maybe the Aussie radio industry could now launch the Broadcast Radio And Internet Transmission Awards, and then we’ll be even.

It was a good night for the Beeb, with the following all taking away the top prizes…

Best National Speech Breakfast Show: Today, BBC Radio 4
Best Local Breakfast Show: Georgey At Breakfast, BBC Radio York
Best National Music Breakfast Show: The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, BBC Radio 2

Best News Coverage: The Buncrana Pier Tragedy, BBC Radio Foyle
Best Sports Show: 606, Shooting Shark Productions for BBC Radio 5 Live
Best Entertainment Production: Greg James, BBC Radio 1
Best Audio Dramatisation: Lament, BBC Radio Drama London for Radio 4

Best Digital Audio Service: audioBoom
Podcast of the Year: The Story of Izzy Dix, BBC Newsbeat
Best Digital Innovation: The BBC iPlayer Radio App

Audio Moment Of The Year: The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away, TBI Media for BBC Radio 4
The Radio Academy Award: Sound Digital for D2

Speech Broadcaster Of The Year: Stephen Nolan, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio 5 Live
Music Broadcaster Of The Year: MistaJam, BBC Radio 1Xtra

Best Local Station: Hallam FM
Best National Station: BBC Radio 2