The BBC have once again taken the majority of this year's Sony Radio Academy Award nominations. The corporation have received 87 nominations compared with 47 for commercial radio. The BBC claimed all the entries for four of the categories, including Community and Comedy Awards, whilst commercial radio shone in the Competition Award with 4 out of 5 nominations, and 2 out of 3 for Digital Terrestrial Station of the Year.
None of the nominations for the new Internet Programme Award category went to radio stations. The Times newspaper gained two, whilst podcasts by Wise Buddah, All Out Productions and VIPonAIR took the rest.
The BBC cleaned up nominations in four categories, The Speech Programme Award, The Comedy Award, The Feature Award and The Community Award. Andy Kershaw, Chris Evans, Dominik Diamond, Jonathan Ross and Mark Radcliffe are all nominated for The Music Radio Personality of the Year award.
The battle is on between BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and Classic FM for The UK Station of the Year award, with the Digital Terrestrial Station of the Year nominees being BBC Asian Network, Fun Radio and Gaydar Radio.
Commercial radio took all the nominees for Station Imaging, whilst Jo and Twiggy from 96 Trent FM got a double whammy of nominations in the Entertainment and Breakfast Show categories.
Andrew Harrison, chief executive officer of RadioCentre is happy with the level of nominations for Commercial Radio: "The Sony Academy Awards really are the most prestigious cross-industry radio awards and it is fantastic to see so many Commercial Radio stations being nominated and receiving recognition from their peers. It is particularly pleasing to see that Commercial Radio’s investment in new talent and new ideas has been recognised."
In recognition of the 25th Anniversary, this year's Sony Radio Academy Awards will include the very special celebration of one radio broadcaster as The Broadcasters' Broadcaster. What better way to recognise the most outstanding radio broadcaster of the last quarter of a century than to canvas the views of today's practitioners.
Anyone currently working in UK radio as a broadcaster (ie: at the microphone) is invited to vote for up to three of their favourite broadcasters, and the Sony Radio Academy Awards Committee have prepared a short list from which these choices are to be made.
This list is the result of extensive debate by the Committee and the following individuals were chosen to reflect the names most quoted by broadcasters as being their greatest influence.
Full list of those contenders for the 2007 Broadcasters’ Broadcaster are:
Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman
Vote via: www.radioawards.org
In line with the general rules and regulations that govern all entries for the Sony Radio Academy Awards, those casting votes need to be working for a licensed and/or legally functioning radio station or network (see categories / conditions of entry).
For the purposes of this scheme, the term broadcaster should be interpreted as anyone working at the microphone whose voice is heard on-air and who engages directly with the listener — for example presenters, journalists and those reading the news, weather and/or traffic bulletins.
The Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony itself takes place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Monday, April 30th. It was announced this evening that singer Natasha Bedingfield will be performing after the event, to celebrate 25 years of the awards. Two reporters from RadioToday.co.uk will be at the event bringing you full coverage online.
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