Tim Blackmore has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award as the UK independent radio producers celebrate 25 years of producing audio.
The founder of Unique received the award at a party which took place after the Radio Independent’s Group Annual General Meeting, hosted by Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney and featured entertainment from Nerina Pallot.
Over 150 industry attendees, including indies from right across the UK, came together for an evening to celebrate the silver anniversary of indie production for the BBC in its current form, held at Cecil Sharp House in Camden, on Thursday 29th June.
BBC Director of Radio Bob Shennan described how Tony Hall’s new Compete or Compare competition arrangements would benefit both the BBC and the indie sector: “in the early days of this process, everybody who has been involved in it is telling me that the creative bar that we thought was very high, just got a little bit higher …. I genuinely believe that with all of you, we will move into a new golden age of radio at the BBC”.
On the night, Caroline Raphael, former Radio 4 commissioner, was elected Vice-Chair of RIG. Phil Critchlow (TBI Media) was also re-elected as Chair. Caroline replaces Mike Hally, former RIG Chair, who has been with RIG since its inception in 2004, but is now standing down from the Board. Andrew Wilkie from PRA Productions, We Are Grape’s Chloe Straw and Peter Curran from Foghorn were newly elected as Board members.
Caroline Raphael said: “I’m very honoured to become Vice-Chair. Mike Hally has been a major driving force for the sector over the years, and I will work hard to make RIG’s work just as successful in the future. We’ve a lot to look forward to including the next Audio Production Awards in November”.
Will Jackson, RIG Managing Director said: “It’s great to be able to be celebrating the sector at a time when prospects are good, with not just the increase in opportunities to pitch to the BBC, but also platforms such as Audible, Acast and others growing their investment in the sector.”
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