This year’s Radio Production Awards are now open for entries, and have secured new sponsorship from AudioGO.
The RPA’s are organised by The Radio Academy and The Radio Independents Group. AudioGO is an audiobook publisher, retailer and distributor of a rapidly growing range of downloadable radio programmes from both the BBC and independent production companies.
As the event enters its fourth year the new partnership will allow another significant step change in the RPAs’ scale and reach. This will include a move to the Hippodrome in Leicester Square, the heart of London’s entertainment sector.
The awards recognise and celebrate the work of UK-based radio and audio producers during the qualifying period, where other awards, like the Radio Academy Awards, tend to recognise programmes, stations and broadcasters.
There is also a special category, the highly-prized Indie of the Year, which is open to companies large, medium and small that can demonstrate an exceptional year of production in relation to their size.
Two new categories will also be introduced in 2013. The Production Hero Award, recognising exceptional achievements made over and above the call of duty in areas such as production management, research or technical support and the Gold Award, which will celebrate the achievements of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution, usually over a number of years, to radio production in the UK.
Mike Bowen, Managing Direct of AudioGO, said: “It is a genuine pleasure for AudioGO to be able to support the RPAs in recognition of the talented people who consistently produce great radio content. We are very proud of our long association with the radio sector and relish the opportunity to show our support for those on whom we depend.”
Ben Cooper, Chair of The Radio Academy, said: “The Radio Academy is delighted to be working alongside the Radio Independents Group and our new sponsor, AudioGO, for the 4th annual Radio Production Awards. These awards reward the energy, passion and talent that radio makers put into their work, and with the introduction of the new Production Hero Award, the people behind the scenes who support them.”
Phil Critchlow, Chair of the Radio Independents Group, said: “This is great news. The RPAs have grown significantly in only three years. This new partnership with AudioGO and our continuing partnership with The Radio Academy will allow that growth to take a real step change, as the awards that celebrate the people who create the best radio move into their fourth year.”
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