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2012 Commercial Radio Awards launched

The 2012 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards are now open for entries.

This year’s awards will have a total of 28 categories, minus a “Digital Station of the Year” category, reflecting the changing face of the industry.

A new category, Radio Station Event of the Year, will judge anything from live music to sporting events, with strong and relevant links to the station’s core output.

The awards, organised by RadioCentre and now in their 17th year, celebrate achievement across the whole spectrum of commercial radio, from presenters and programming to advertising and marketing, bringing together the best of commercial radio. They are once again sponsored by Arqiva.

The Breakfast Show of the Year and Presenter of the Year, will be split into two categories – over 1 million TSA and under 1 million TSA, enabling stations to compete against similar sized peers.

PPL are sponsoring two categories, Most Played Artist and Breakthrough Artist, and RCS are sponsoring Programmer of the Year.

Andrew Harrison, chief executive of RadioCentre said: “The Awards are a landmark event on the commercial radio calendar, giving the whole industry a chance to get together to celebrate our strengths and successes. Last year we had some fabulous entries and we look forward to a similar high standard again this year.”

The closing date for entries is March 9th, with nominations announced in early May and the awards ceremony taking place in London on July 4th at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza.

The full list of award categories for 2012

People Awards

Presenter of the Year (Under 1 Million TSA)
Presenter of the Year (Over1 Million TSA)
Programmer of the Year (sponsored by RCS)
Newcomer(s) of the Year (sponsored by Skillset)
Journalist or News Team of the Year (Ali Booker Memorial Award)

Station Awards

Station of the Year (<300,000 TSA) Station of the Year (300,000 to 1Million TSA) Station of the Year (1 Million + TSA) Programming Awards Breakfast Show of the Year (Under 1 Million TSA) Breakfast Show of the Year (Over 1 Million TSA) Feature(s) of the Year Specialist Programme of the Year Social Action Initiative Station Imaging Award Sales & Marketing Awards Marketing Award Radio Station Event of the Year Local Sales Team of the Year National Sales Team of the Year Advertising Awards Best Branded Content Best Creative Campaign Most Effective Campaign Advertiser of the Year Media Agency of the Year General Awards The PPL Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio The PPL Breakthrough Artist of the Year Schools Radio Award (sponsored by The Vision Charity) Special Awards Chairman’s/Lifetime Achievement Award Gold Award

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