New York Festivals 2014: The UK winners
TBI Media UK has cleaned up at the New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards and takes home the Production Company of the Year award.
And ‘The Dambusters 70 Years On’ TBI Media United Kingdom with Snappin’ Turtle Productions earned the Grand Award in the History category for their fully live programme honouring the 70th anniversary of the World War II Dambusters – one of their 16 awards. The programme featured 120 mics on stage capturing the cast of over 130 musicians, 50 singers, 5 actors and 2 presenters – responding to over 500 cues.
Phil Critchlow, Founding Director of TBI Media said: “All in TBI Media are thrilled with the results in this year’s New York Festivals Radio Awards. 7 Golds, 5 Slivers, 2 Bronzes and 2 Finalists – alongside the Grand Award for Dambusters 70 Years On is an amazing result. To then be awarded Indie Of The Year for the second year running is a wonderful surprise. We should pay tribute to the extended team of hugely talented presenters, writers, producers and of course the broadcasters we’ve worked with on the programmes that have been recognised, and particularly to our colleagues at Snappin’ Turtle with whom we co-delivered the Dambusters project. We’re all absolutely focused on creating and delivering the best ideas possible, so to be acknowledged as programme makers by our peers in this way means a great deal.”
There were 74 awards given out to UK entrants, with 48 going to programmes which aired on the BBC. In commercial radio, audio made which aired on Capital FM, Classic FM, Absolute Radio, BFBS, Real Radio, XFM, LBC and Metro Radio also won.
John Suchet got Gold for Best Radio Personality and LBC’s Tom Swarbrick got Gold in the Best News Anchor category. Talking about the awards for Global Radio, Richard Park, Director of Broadcasting, said: “It is a great privilege for Classic FM and LBC to be recognised on the international stage in this way. LBC’s quality programming and journalism consistently set the UK’s news agenda and to win the United Nations Award in the same year the station became a national broadcaster is an amazing achievement.”
At the BBC, In The Line of Duty by BBC Radio Manchester earned a Gold. Presenter and Producer of the programme Steve Saul, who collected the award in New York this evening told RadioToday: “To win an award like this in the face of so much competition is very special.”
BBC Radio Manchester Managing Editor Kate Squire adds: “The New York Radio Awards honour the best radio programming from around the world so I’m delighted that BBC Radio Manchester has won Gold. It was a fast moving and difficult story to tell our listeners, and it is great that it has received this valuable recognition.”
Golds for the BBC also includes The Assassination of JFK: Minute by Minute and BBC 5 live’s Energy Day.
In total, the 2014 GrandJury® awarded 2 Grand Awards, 50 Gold trophies, 57 Silver, 56 Bronze, and 97 Finalist Certificates submitted from 32 countries.
NYF Advisory Board & GrandJury® member, Michael Freedman, senior vice president and professor at University of Maryland University and 2012 Grand Award winner had this to say about this year’s entries: “What a magnificent group of entries in this year’s New York Festivals International Radio Awards competition! I was incredibly impressed with the time, effort, energy, intellect and enthusiasm that went into these programs. The resulting quality was superb in terms of both content and production value. A truly invigorating and even inspiring exercise as a judge and a wonderful reminder of the impact of radio on all platforms!”