The Radio Production Awards will be known as the Audio Production Awards from this year and welcome different audio entries from all sectors of the industry.
Sponsored by Audible, it will recognise the continued expansion of audio distribution online and via downloads, in addition to traditional broadcast radio.
This year, five new categories are being introduced including Best Station Sound Producer, Best Presenter – Speech, Best Presenter – Music, the New Voice Award and Narrator of the Year.
Entries will open on Thursday 1st September and close on Thursday 29th September at 11.59pm with nominations announced in late October.
Last year’s awards were hosted by Gemma Cairney and winners included: the Gold Award to radio comedy producer David Tyler of Pozzitive Television; Producer of the Year to White Stiletto’s Cathy FitzGerald; and Indie of the Year to TBI Media.
The event is organised by Radio Independents Group, where Managing Director Will Jackson says: “After a huge amount of positive feedback last year, we’re excited to be building on our 2015 success with a move to the prestigious location of BFI Southbank which will allow us to accommodate more guests.
“We’re also delighted to welcome Audible on-board as our Lead Sponsor for 2016 following their generous sponsorship of the Gold Award and drinks reception in 2015.
“The event producers are already hard at work and are aiming to deliver our best ever awards night on 23rd November.”
Tracey Markham, Country Manager for Audible, UK, said: “We are proud to be sponsors of the new look awards, which reflect our dynamic and changing audio landscape. The way in which we consume audio entertainment is expanding with an increasing trend for online audio distribution, and we are keen to recognise the talented producers and presenters behind these shows too.
In addition to championing great radio production, we are excited about shining a light on the technicians and voices that help to bring these shows to life through the new categories.”
The new location at BFI Southbank will allow a total of 350 guests this year, up from the 200 guests who filled the London Hippodrome venue to capacity in 2015. The awards will be preceded by a reception in the BFI’s Riverfront Café.