A new awards event by the Radio Academy is launching this year, as a replacement for the Sonys and Radio Academy Awards.
The Audio and Radio Industry Awards will take place at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, offering live musical acts for guests sitting in a theatre style setting, rather than the traditional round tables with evening food and drink.
The ARIAS, as they will be known, has the support of Leeds Beckett University and LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), and will take place on October 19th. Entries open on July 4th with a closing date of August 15th and shortlist announcement on September 19th.
There will be a total of 16 awards including Best Podcast, Best Digital and Audio Service (to include internet and streaming services), as well as more traditional awards such as Best Local Station, Best National Station, Best Sports Show and Best Network Music Breakfast Show.
It is designed to attract entries from podcasters, online radio stations and audio books. A drinks reception and after show party will also be held at the First Direct Arena in the centre of Leeds.
Joint Chair of the ARIAS will be Bob Shennan, Controller of BBC Radio 2 alongside Phil Riley, former Chair & CEO of Orion Media.
Roger Cutsforth, The Radio Academy Managing Director commented: “The question of ‘the awards’ has been a constant one to me from members and commentators alike and I am delighted that we can now confirm this brand new event to showcase and celebrate the very best across the whole of the UK’s vibrant radio and audio sector.
“Our partnership with Leeds Beckett University and Leeds BID is a perfect fit with The Radio Academy’s aim of inspiring the next generation of talent. The awards give the radio industry the opportunity to showcase the breadth and range of opportunities on offer in this exciting industry, ensuring we attract the brightest talent in future to work in radio.”