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Nominations announced for first ARIAS

The nominations for the 2016 Audio and Radio Industry Awards have been announced by Scott Mills and Pandora on behalf of the Radio Academy.

The newly launched awards, organised by The Radio Academy and supported by LeedsBeckett University and Leeds Business Improvement District, aims to recognize talent, innovation and excellence across the entire audio and radio industry. There are 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.

Each category has a shortlist of five*, with a Bronze, Silver and Gold winner to be announced at the awards ceremony on October 19th at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

The 2016 Audio and Radio Industry Awards Nominations:

Best News Coverage

The Buncrana Pier Tragedy – BBC Radio Foyle
Hillsborough Inquests: The Verdicts – BBC Radio Merseyside
A New Life in Europe: The Dhnie Family – BBC Radio 4
The Nolan Show – BBC Radio Ulster
PM: Jo Cox’s Murder – BBC Radio 4

Best Entertainment Production

The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show – Absolute Radio
Greg James – BBC Radio 1
The Pin – BBC Radio 4
Scott Mills – BBC Radio 1
Saturday Live – BBC Factual Radio for Radio 4

Best Audio Dramatisation

Animals: Emile Zola, Season 1, Blood – BBC Radio Drama North for Radio 4
Cuttin’ It – BBC Radio Drama London for Radio 4
Lament – Radio Drama London for Radio 4
Merseyside Blitz: An Unconquered People – BBC Radio Merseyside
The Sky Is Wider – BBC Radio Drama North for Radio 4

Best National Speech Breakfast Show

Today – BBC Radio 4
5 Live Breakfast – BBC Radio 5 Live
Good Morning Scotland – BBC Radio Scotland

Best Local Breakfast Show

Breakfast with Si – KL.FM 96.7
Georgey at Breakfast – BBC Radio York
Liz Green – BBC Radio Leeds
Morgan in the Morning – BBC Radio Stoke
Sam and Amy – Gem

Best National Music Breakfast Show

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show – BBC Radio 2
The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show – Absolute Radio
Emily Segal – heat Radio
The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw – BBC Radio 1
Tommy Sandhu – BBC Asian Network

Best Sports Show

5 live Sport – BBC Radio 5 live
606 – Shooting Shark Productions for BBC Radio 5 Live
Boro Are Back! – BBC Tees
Drive Time with Adrian Durham & Darren Gough – talkSPORT
Hillsborough: The Truth – BBC Radio 5 live

Best Digital Audio Service

Live @ Wimbledon Radio – IMG Radio on behalf of the All England Lawn Tennis Club

Podcast of the Year

Athletico Mince – audioBoom
The Modern Mann – Rethink Audio
My Dad Wrote a Porno
The Story of Izzy Dix – BBC Newsbeat
Storytime with Boon – This Is Distorted

Best Digital Innovation

The BBC iPlayer Radio App
BBC Radio 2 Country
Breakfast with Vision – BBC Radio Oxford
The Global Philosopher – BBC Radio 4

Audio Moment of the Year (6)

The Archers: Helen Stabs Rob – BBC Radio Drama Birmingham for Radio 4
The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away – TBI Media for BBC Radio 4
Hillsborough Verdict – talkSPORT
Today: Hamsa, The Refugee’s Story – BBC Radio 4
The Untold: Be My Baby – BBC Radio Documentaries for Radio 4
Where Are You Going? New York – Loftus Media for BBC World Service

The Radio Academy Award

BBC Newsbeat
Sound Digital Ltd
TBI Media
Woman’s Hour

Speech Broadcaster of the Year

Jane Garvey – Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4
Jeremy Vine – BBC Radio 2
Kirsty Young – Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4
Nihal Arthanayake – BBC Asian Network
Stephen Nolan – BBC Radio Ulster

Music Broadcaster of the Year

Clara Amfo – BBC Radio 1
Jamie Cullum – Folded Wing for BBC Radio 2
Jarvis Cocker – BBC Radio 6 Music
MistaJam – BBC Radio 1Xtra
Stephen McCauley – BBC Radio Foyle

Best Local Station

Hallam FM
Forth 1
BBC Essex
Radio Borders
BBC Radio Derby

Best National Station

Absolute Radio
BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 2’s Sara Cox will host the awards ceremony which will feature live performances from the Kaiser Chiefs, Rick Astley and Gregory Porter.

Bob Shennan, Joint Chair of the ARIAS and Controller of BBC Radio 2, commented: “It is so good to have The Radio Academy awards back. They are the blue riband event of the year, reflecting the respect and commitment the whole UK industry feels about our favourite medium. Above all they have the hallmark of integrity.”

Phil Riley Joint Chair of the ARIAS and former Chair & CEO of Orion Media added: “It is great to have cross-industry awards back in the diary. Well done to all who entered, and many Congratulations to all the nominees of course, but from me a really big thank you goes to the judges, who took on a huge challenge at very short notice and have delivered as requested.”

Andrew Fryer, Dean of The School of Film, Music and Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University said: “We are delighted to be supporting the ARIAS and congratulations to all of the nominees who have been announced today. We are very much looking forward to the event which will give our students, particularly across Music, Filmmaking, Broadcast Media, Journalism, PR and Events, some fantastic opportunities to work on a large scale event in a range of roles which will no doubt help to inspire the radio industry talent of the future.”

Andrew Cooper, LeedsBID Chief Executive said: “It is great to see momentum gathering for the ARIAS as Leeds looks forward to hosting this high-profile event to be attended by some of the big names in industry as well as providing a platform to showcase some of our home grown talent.”

*All categories have a shortlist of five, with the exception of Best National Speech Breakfast Show and Best Digital Audio Service, which will only have a shortlist of three.

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