Commercial Radio had a great night at this year’s Radio Academy Awards, taking home 35% of Gold Awards.
But the BBC still ruled the night with 22 Gold Awards compared with 12 to the independent sector. In total, 55 awards went to the BBC and 33 went to commercial radio with four going to others.
BBC Radio 2 won Station of the Year whilst Capital FM’s Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon got Breakfast Gold.
Absolute Radio, which was nominated for eight awards won Brand of the Year along with four other awards including four Golds.
BBC Radio 4 got the most Golds (five) followed by Absolute (four), BBC Radio 1 (three), LBC (three) and BBC Radio 2 (two plus Tony Blackburn’s).
BBC Word Service got two Golds whilst the following stations all took home one Gold award: BBC Radio 3, BBC Lincolnshire, BBC Norfolk, BBC Ulster, BBC Three Counties, BBC Tees, Capital FM London, Heart West Midlands, Xfm, Kiss & Gem 106
By commercial group, Global Radio won 16 awards (six gold, five silver, five bronze), Bauer won 11 (five gold, five silver, one bronze), Orion took home two (one gold and one bronze) followed by UTV Media with two (one silver, one bronze).
TeamRock Radio got one award – a silver for Imaging and Real and Smooth got Bronze in the one category they were nominated in – Best Competition.
Within the above awards, 12 were for Indie productions – four Gold, five Silver and three Bronze. Unique leads with three awards – all silver (two of them for Smooth Operations) and
TBI Media has two awards – both bronze (one of which was a co-production with Snappin’ Turtle).
There were Golds for Folded Wing, Campbell Davison, Avalon and mark three Media. Silvers for Somethin’ Else & Wise Buddah and a Bronze for John Stanley Productions.
Will Jackson, RIG Managing Director, commented: “These award show how indie radio / audio companies are applying their skills to such areas as competition technology, as well as leading the way in branded content for commercial radio and international sales, whilst continuing to provide some the best programmes on the BBC networks.”
“We are continuing to talk to the commercial sector about ways in which indies can help more with innovation, as well as with the BBC and BBC Trust about ways in which indies could be allowed to compete to make more award winning programmes to benefit the licence fee payer.”