Audio Production Awards 2016 – nominations

The shortlist for the first Audio Production Awards is out, ahead of the awards event in London on November 23rd.

Virgin Radio breakfast presenter Edith Bowman will host the evening at BFI Southbank, when 18 awards will be made.

Actors Clare Corbett, Daniel Weyman and Anna Parker-Naples have been nominated for the Narrator of the Year accolade, a new category introduced to the Audio Production Awards for 2016. The event was previously known as the Radio Production Awards but has expanded to include the wider audio community.

The nominations include BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Merseyside, Global, Celador, Bauer, freelancers and indies, plus community/prison/student radio.

The full list of nominees, announced today by the Radio Independents Group (RIG), includes contenders for the Best News & Current Affairs Documentary/Feature Maker, Best Comedy/Entertainment Producer and the Best Presenter for Music and for Speech.


For general feature and documentary making including all areas of non-topical news features and documentaries. Typically this might include historical, arts, lifestyle features and documentaries.

• Ruth Evans (Ruth Evans Productions)
• Jonathan Mayo (TBI Media)
• Eleanor McDowall (Falling Tree)
• Steve Urquhart (freelance)
• Hana Walker-Brown (freelance)


For news and current affairs documentary and feature making, including investigative documentaries, topical issues and foreign reporting. Typically, entries should be led or inspired by the news agenda or contemporary life, but may also include human stories, comment or science reporting.

• Deborah Dudgeon (Whistledown Productions)
• Tim Johns (BBC Radio 2)
• Christian Spooner (BBC Radio Merseyside)


For comedy and other entertainment audio content or programming including panel games, but excluding music & drama.

• Gus Beattie (The Comedy Unit)
• Sam Bryant (BBC Comedy)
• Peter Curran (freelance)
• Matt Stronge (BBC Comedy)
• Ben Walker (Fuzz Productions)


For music audio content or programming including music-based documentaries and sequence programmes.

• Guy Bellamy (107 Meridian FM)
• Alannah Chance (Reduced Listening)
• Hayley Clarke (Somethin’ Else)
• Sam Coley (Absolute Radio)
• Dan Moss (Somethin’ Else)


For production and broadcast (live or pre-recorded) capturing the atmosphere of musical performances in concerts, festivals and studios. Or for sound designers (studio managers or engineers) working on any type of production.

• Steve Bond (Goldhawk Productions)
• Michael Curling (TBI Media)
• Weidong Lin (Monocle 24)
• Mark Pittam (TBI Media)
• Steve Urquhart (freelance)
• Eloise Whitmore (Naked Productions)


For the creation of audio programming and/or podcasts, designed solely for online transmission or distribution.

• Leanne Coyle (Whistledown Productions)
• Sue Nelson (Boffin Media)
• James Shield (freelance)
• Ben Walker (Fuzz Productions)


For the creative extension of audio programming onto other media platforms. Judges will be looking for the visionary of the future.

• Manish Doolabh (Somethin’ Else)
• Eleanor McDowall (Radio Atlas)
• Kate Valentine (Digital Drama)


For the production of audio drama, dramatised readings, spoken word and creative writing. Judging criteria will include the range and choice of material, performance, direction and production values.

• Laurence Bowen (Feel Good Fiction)
• John Dryden (Goldhawk Productions)
• Fiona McAlpine (Allegra Productions)
• Boz Temple-Morris (Holy Mountain)
• Polly Thomas (freelance)


For the production of broadcast readings or audio books. Judging criteria will include the range and choice of material, performance, direction and production values.

• Tamsin Collison (freelance)
• Joanna Green (freelance)
• Roy McMillan (Penguin Random House UK Audio)
• Holly Newson (Listening Books)
• David Roper (Heavy Entertainment)


To honour a newcomer to audio production who has shown great potential. The judges will be looking for evidence of a sustained contribution to a production or production company, or for a remarkable debut as a producer or engineer.

• Gemma Dunstan (BBC Introducing West)
• Giles Gear (Passion Radio Oxford)
• Robert Nicholson (Whistledown Productions)
• James Shield (freelance)
• Zoe Stegosaurus (freelance)


For producers in radio/audio imaging. Judges will be looking for exceptional creativity across the full range of audio branding, including voiceovers, music beds, sweepers, intros, promos, liners, stingers, bumpers, shotguns, and jingles.

• Giles Gear (Union JACK)
• Chris Nicoll (freelance)
• Lee Price (Absolute Radio)
• James Stodd (Celador Radio)
• Chris Ward (Bauer Media)


For an individual, production company, radio station, audio brand or community-based organisation that has shown extraordinary achievement in identifying, nurturing or mentoring new and diverse talent to the audio industry. This category is not aimed at the new talent themselves.

• BBC Newsjack
• Birmingham City University Radio Dept.
• Camden Community Radio
• Prison Radio Association
• Roundhouse Radio


Recognising the year’s best performance by the narrator of an audiobook or readings series. Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding vocal capabilities and sensitivity across a wide range of material.

• Clare Corbett
• Anna Parker-Naples
• Daniel Weyman


For exceptional on-mic talent presenting speech programmes. As well as being judged on exceptional audio/radio content, criteria will include rapport with the production team, creativity and the willingness to regularly go above and beyond the call of duty.

• Dotun Adebayo (BBC Radio 5 Live)
• Emma Barnett (BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 4)
• Fi Glover (BBC Radio 4)
• Alan Robson (Metro Radio)
• Jeremy Vine (BBC Radio 2)


For exceptional on-mic talent presenting music programmes. As well as being judged on exceptional audio/radio content, criteria will include rapport with the production team, creativity and the willingness to regularly go above and beyond the call of duty.

• Clara Amfo (BBC Radio 1)
• Goldierocks (The Selector)
• Dan O’Connell (Radio X)
• Cerys Matthews (BBC Radio 6 Music)
• Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC World Service)


For exceptional presenters who, although already established in the audio/radio sector, have not yet achieved mainstream recognition. Entrants should not be brand new to the audio industry as judges will be looking for a track record which points to their great future potential.

• Georgie Frost (Share Radio)
• Andrew Hunter Murray (Private Eye Podcast, No Such Thing As A Fish)
• Leo Johnson (BBC Radio 4)
• Jacob Pollard (Roundhouse Radio, Resonance FM)
• Jake Yapp (talkRADIO)


For an individual who has made an outstanding contribution, usually over a number of years, to the independent radio and audio production sector in the UK.

• Winner to be revealed at the Awards Ceremony on 23rd November


Recognises a company’s success across the year. Entries welcome from the smallest to the largest companies. Judges will consider the level of creative excellence as well as business challenges and growth of the company during the qualifying period, and taking into account the size of the company.

• Just Radio
• Loftus Media
• Prison Radio Association
• TBI Media
• Whistledown Productions

Sponsored by Audible, the world’s leading provider of spoken audio entertainment, the awards will recognise the continued expansion of audio distribution online and via downloads, in addition to traditional broadcast radio.

RIG Managing Director, Will Jackson, said: “Our judges tell me that the standard of entries has been particularly high this year, making the task of choosing nominees and winners both pleasurable and exacting.

“I’m especially pleased that we’ve had even more entries than in 2015, despite the welcome addition of the ARIAS to the audio awards landscape, and I’m particularly pleased to see a strong entry for our documentary and specialist music categories. It’s a testament to how well the audio sector is thriving with new talent joining every year.

“Finally, I’m delighted that Edith Bowman has agreed to host the Gala Night on Wednesday 23rd November at the BFI. Her warmth and wit will set the perfect tone for the evening and I’m looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces there to celebrate the best in our business, thanks to our generous Lead Sponsor, Audible UK.”

Host, Edith Bowman said: “I’m really honoured to be asked to host the Audio Production Awards to recognise the incredible talent who work so creatively across radio and audio production. I fully appreciate the hard work that goes into making not only radio show but also podcasts sound fantastic. November 23rd will be an evening of celebration and congratulations but also of inspiration.”

Tracey Markham, Country Manager for Audible, UK, said: “We are proud to be sponsors of the new look awards, which reflect our dynamic and changing audio landscape. The way in which we consume audio entertainment is expanding with an increasing trend for online audio distribution, and we are keen to recognise the talented producers and presenters behind these shows too.

“In addition to championing great radio production, we are excited about shining a light on the technicians and voices that help to bring these shows to life through the new categories. We wish all the nominees the best of luck on the evening.”

A panel of 42 judges from across the audio industry have spent the last few weeks listening to the entries and reading written commendations before shortlisting their chosen nominees in each category.

The new location at BFI Southbank will allow a total of 350 guests this year, up from the 200 guests who filled the London Hippodrome venue to capacity in 2015. The awards will be preceded by a drinks reception with food in the BFI’s Riverfront Café from 6pm, with the main ceremony in the flagship NFT1 Auditorium at 7.30pm. Seating this year is unreserved and theatre-style, allowing guests to sit together simply by taking their seats at the same time.

Tickets are now on sale which includes a reception with food.

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Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 10:00 am by Roy Martin

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