BBC Radio 5 live was the big winner at this year’s ARIAs, picking up a total of six gold awards on the night, including three for ex-cricketer Andrew Flintoff.
Flintoff was named Best New Presenter – and the Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy programme won Best New Show as well as Best Podcast.
5 live Sport was named Sports Show of the Year, the station won gold for Best News Coverage for Stephen Nolan’s programme during the London Bridge terror attacks, and Nicky Campbell and Rachel Burden were named Best Speech Presenter (Breakfast).
Absolute Radio won four gold awards – two for Christian O’Connell’s breakfast show (Best Music Presenter – Breakfast and Best Branded Content or Partnership), one for Frank Skinner (Best Entertainment/Comedy Production) and one for Content Director Tony Moorey who was named Individual of the Year.
Other big winners included Radio 1’s Annie Mac, named Best Music Presenter (non-Breakfast), and talkRADIO’s Iain Lee who took gold in the Best Speech Presenter (non-Breakfast) category.
Bauer’s Key 103 won two golds for its coverage of the Manchester terror attack and the city’s response – picking up the Best Coverage of an Event award and the Best Community Programme.
Gilles Peterson’s station Worldwide FM, which only launched in September 2016, won the gold for Best Online Station.
BBC Radio London was named Local Station of the Year ahead of Radio Merseyside and Metro Radio; while National Station of the Year in 2017 was won by BBC 1Xtra, with Planet Rock taking Silver and BBC Radio 1 bronze.
The staff behind UKRD’s Local Radio Day won the award for Team of the Year.
The country’s biggest station (and last year’s Station of the Year winner), Radio 2 didn’t win get any golds this year – but Jeremy Vine won Silver in the Best Speech Presenter – non Breakfast category, and Chris Evans got a bronze award in the music breakfast presenter category. There was also Silver for Mark Radcliffe’s Radio 2 Folk Show in the Specialist Music section.
Overall, the BBC won 14 of the 23 golds on offer on the night, with Bauer winning 6. There was one each for Wireless Group, UKRD and Worldwide FM.