BBC Radio’s former Head of Technology, Rupert Brun, was given a Gold Award at this week’s BBC Radio Awards held at New Broadcasting House.
He left the corporation last month after 36 years’ service, during which time he did everything from designing and building studios – to introducing HD Sound to online streams and creating NetMix, so tennis fans can control the loudness of player grunts.
The other big winner at the event in the BBC’s Radio Theatre was Radio 2’s D-Day 70 Years On concert at the Royal Albert Hall, produced together with independent production firms TBI Media and Snappin’ Turtle. The event took three awards – for technical achievement, collaboration and for providing the year’s most distinctive radio moment. The concert was broadcast live on Radio 2, streamed online and also shown in 180 cinemas across the country. Judges called it ‘one almighty production’ and ‘an excellent piece of genuine and moving radio’.
There was also special recognition for the BBC’s Proteus team, which is responsible for the radio division’s commissioning, scheduling and production information tool.
Other winners at the 11th annual BBC Radio Awards on Monday night were:
Best Music Production: Radio 1 Rescores: Drive
Best Factual Production: Suppose I Lose It?, BBC Radio 4
Best Drama: The Wire: Educator, BBC Radio 3
Best Brodcast Innovation: Radio 1 in iPlayer
Best Initiative for Reaching New Audiences: BBC Asian Network in Scotland
Contribution to Diversity: 1Xtra Live 2014 & Tommies 28th October 1914, BBC Radio 4 (joint winners)
The night was hosted by Radio 1’s Clara Amfo and featured performances from country band The Shires and BBC Introducing artist Izzy Bizu, as well as BBC New Comedy award winner Lost Voice Guy.
Among those handing out awards on stage were Jo Whiley, Steve Lamacq, Charlie Sloth, Jon Culshaw and Fi Glover.
BBC Director of Radio, Helen Boaden, said the awards celebrated “a great year of creativity” and everyone who had “worked so bloody hard to delight our audiences.”
She added: “Whether you are making the big set pieces or producing the day to day content our audiences cherish and love, whether you are in production, operations, commissioning, presentation, finance or marketing – you are the lifeblood of BBC Radio and crucial to our success.”
Read more detail on the awards on the BBC Ariel website.