Radio Academy Awards

October 19th saw the welcome return of the Radio Academy Awards under their new title the Audio & Radio Industry Awards - the ARIAs- and at a new out-of-London venue, the First Direct Arena in Leeds.  In a star-studded evening, indies put on a good showing, picking up two Golds, four Silvers and a Bronze, in the 10 categories where they could compete.   This included programmes broadcast across several BBC networks, plus podcasts.

Indies once again punched above their weight, winning Gold Awards for ‘Moment of the Year’ and ‘Best Sports Show’ plus a range of Silver and Bronzes. This proves that in the coming years, the extra hours that will be available for indies to compete for to make BBC programmes promise to deliver a good range of high-quality productions to Licence Fee payers.

So congratulations to:

Shooting Shark Productions - 'Best Sports Show' for "606", for BBC Radio 5 Live
TBI Media - 'Audio Moment of the Year' for "The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away", for BBC Radio 4  

IMG Radio - 'Best Digital Audio Service' for "Live@Wimbledon Radio", on behalf of the All England Lawn Tennis Club 
Rethink Audio - 'Podcast of the Year' for "The Modern Mann"
Folded WingJamie Cullum as 'Music Broadcaster of the Year', for BBC Radio 2 
Loftus Media 'Audio Moment of the Year' for "Where are you going New York", for BBC World Service 

This Is Distorted - 'Podcast of the Year' for "Storytime with Boon"


Best Music Programme

GOLD - Jamie Cullum – Folded Wing for BBC Radio 2

SILVER - The People’s Songs – Smooth Operations for BBC Radio 2

Best Speech Programme

GOLD - The Frank Skinner Show – Avalon for Absolute Radio

Best Coverage of a Live Event

BRONZE - The Dambusters – 70 Years On – BBC Radio 2 with TBI Media and Snappin’ Turtle Productions for BBC Radio 2


Music Radio Personality of the Year

SILVER - Radcliffe & Maconie – Smooth Operations for BBC Radio 6 Music

Speech Radio Personality of the Year

GOLD - Danny Baker  – Campbell Davison Media for BBC Radio 5 live


Best Use of Branded Content

BRONZE - The Manuscript with Just for Men – TBI Media / Absolute Radio

Best News Feature or Documentary

GOLD - Tempted by Teacher – markthree media for BBC Radio 1

Best Feature or Documentary

SILVER -Johnny Cash and the Forgotten Prison Blues – Unique for BBC Radio 4

Best Comedy

BRONZE - Here Be Dragons – John Stanley Productions Ltd for BBC Radio Wales


Best Creative Innovation

SILVER - Now Playing @6Music – Somethin’ Else for BBC Radio 6 Music

Best Technical Innovation

SILVER - Multi Player Competition Technology – Wise Buddah

Another great showing by Indies at the Sony Radio Academy Awards!

so congratulations to:

GOLDS: Just Radio (Best Feature or Documentary)
Somethin' Else (Best Use of Multiplatform)
Campbell Davison (Best Entertainment Programme)
Ora et Labora (Best Music Programme)
Wise Buddah Jingles (Best Station Imaging)

SILVERS: Unique the Production Company (Best Feature or Documentary)
PRA Productions (Best Community Programming)
Brook Lapping (Best Music Feature or Documentary)
Talkback (Best Comedy)
TBI Media with Bite Yer Legs (Best Sports programme)

BRONZES: Alfi Media (Best News Feature or Documentary)
TBI Media (Best Feature or Documentary)
Prison Radio Association (Best Community Programming)
Fuzz Productions (Best Comedy)
Somethin' Else (Best Drama)
Wise Buddah (Music Radio Broadcaster of the Year)
Campbell Davison (Speech Radio Broadcaster of the Year)

Independent radio production companies made another strong showing in today’s nominations for the Radio Academy Sony Awards, with 26 nominations for some 20 different production companies across 13 eligible categories. Nominations were received for productions across genres and services, BBC and commercial radio.

Examples include:

Best Music Programme for ‘The Ronnie Wood Show’ (Somethin’ Else for Absolute Radio and Absolute Classic Rock); Best Feature or Documentary and Best Music Feature or Documentary for ‘Titanic Minute‐by‐Minute’ (TBI Media for BBC Radio 2); Best Entertainment Programme for ‘The Danny Baker Show’ (Campbell Davison Media for BBC Radio 5 Live); Best Comedy for ‘My Teenage Diary’ (Talkback for BBC Radio 4) and ‘Richard Herring Leicester Square Theatre Podcast’ (Fuzz Prod’s and Sky Potato Prod’s for British Comedy Guide); Best Use of Multiplatform for ‘The Radio 1 Review Show’ (Somethin’ Else for BBC Radio 1).

The Sony awards ceremony will take place on May 13th and the nominations show the independent production sector is well placed to make another strong showing. Indie radio production companies achieved 30% of nominations in 2012, building on an average of 25% in the five previous years, demonstrating the sector’s growing ability to deliver high‐quality, innovative audio content.

RIG Chair Phil Critchlow said: “This equates to indies winning some 37% of nominations across the eligible categories – our best ever result. In recent years RIG members have often punched well above their weight, featuring strongly in the nominations and going on to win Sony Gold with some really powerful programming across the majority of eligible categories’.

This level of success at the Sony Awards is framed in a market where independent producers have access to around 12% of BBC radio production budgets to make a maximum of 20% of network radio by hours. It’s therefore an extremely powerful indicator, in purely qualitative terms, of the strong return on investment for the licence fee payer delivered by this growing creative industry.

*** above is the RIG press release -- full details of the indie nominations are:

Best music programme: Ora et Labore, Somethin' Else

Best entertainment programme: Campbell Davison Media

Best sports programme: TBI Media

Best community programme: Prison Radio Association, PRA Productions

Music Radio Broadcaster of the Year: Folded Wing, Wise Buddah, Smooth Operations

Speech Radio Broadcaster of the Year: Campbell Davison Media

Best Promotional/Advertising Campaign: Fresh Air Productions

Best music feature or doc: Brook Lapping Productions, TBI Media

Besr news feature or doc: Alfi Media, Just Radio

Best Feature or Documentary: TBI Media (x2), Julia Scott Prods, Just Radio, Unique

Best Comedy: Tonic Productions, Talkback, Fuzz Productions

Best Drama: Savvy, Somethin' Else

Best use of Multiplatform:Somethin' Else

Monday May 14th was another great night for our sector, with 20 awards including no less than FIVE for the night's star performer Somethin' Else. And that's about a 30% hit rate in the categories indies could enter -- once again scoring well above our percentage share of output.

Provisionally, this is how the tally looks:

Somethin' Else 5 (2 Gold, 2 Silver, Bronze), Falling Tree 2 (Gold, Silver), Prison Radio Association 2 (Gold, Bronze), Sue Clark Productions (Gold), Campbell Davison Media (Gold), Woolyback (Gold), Fresh Air Production (Gold), Pozzitive (Silver), Just Radio (Silver), USP Content (Silver), White Pebble Media (Silver), Avalon (Bronze), Down The Line (Bronze), Fuzz Productions (Bronze)

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