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ARIAS 2017 - The Results

Best New Presenter

Andrew Flintoff (BBC Radio 5 live) GOLD

Andrew Scott, [email protected] Documentary (TBI Media/Absolute Radio) SILVER

Gemma Atkinson (Key 103) BRONZE

Andrew Flintoff GOLD
Andrew Flintoff is informed, honest and relatable on important and challenging issues including mental health. That said there are plenty of examples of his trademark humour and natural warmth. He is a natural storyteller and sport’s loss is 5 live’s gain.
Andrew Scott SILVER
Andrew Scott is a wonderful and surprising radio talent with the perfect voice. His warmth and delivery capture you instantly and engage you throughout.
Gemma Atkinson BRONZE
Gemma is a broadcaster with boundless energy. She is honest and authentic with a natural ability to tell personal stories which can make you laugh or cry. Her likeability factor is high and you get the feeling that she’s one of your mates!


Best New Show

Flintoff, Savage & the Ping Pong Guy (BBC Radio 5 live) GOLD

Quake (BBC Radio 4/Radio Production North) SILVER

Soundtracking with Edith Bowman (Ora et Labora/Edith Bowman) BRONZE

Flintoff, Savage & the Ping Pong Guy - BBC 5 live GOLD
Wow. What a rollercoaster. A brave, beautiful and rambunctious show. From laugh out loud, to heart-breaking, these guys bring insight to their world, whether that being a sportsman or just being a man. Great chemistry and wholehearted content you won’t hear anywhere else. A truly wonderful show full of humour, compelling storytelling and heartfelt anecdotes. Brilliant radio.

Quake BBC Radio 4 / Radio Production North SILVER
This is a ground-breaking concept which has created a podcast like no other. So listenable! Great to hear a piece of audio drama that is world class & brilliantly executed. It has been delivered using technology that pushes the boundaries of aural storytelling. This show is really leading the way in audio drama. Truly addictive listening.

Soundtracking with Edith Bowman BRONZE
The judges loved this entry for these three reasons:
1) It fuses the presenter’s passions of music and film beautifully
2) The audio is so delicately produced - it’s insightful and delightful
3) They listened to it and thought “why hasn’t anyone done this before?” which is exactly what anyone says to every great innovation
A delight to listen to thanks to the high production values. Edith’s in-depth knowledge has made this programme accessible to new audiences.


Best News Coverage

London Bridge Attacks – Stephen Nolan for BBC Radio 5 live) GOLD

The High Street Abduction - Andrew Bomford for PM (BBC Radio 4) SILVER

BBC Radio Leeds BRONZE

London Bridge Attacks – BBC Radio 5 live GOLD
This broadcast demonstrates a presenter and production team working in perfect synergy. What happened in London Bridge on Saturday 3rd June was chaotic and confusing. BBC Radio 5 live cut through all of that, with a calm, considered and articulate approach to a truly horrific developing situation. The presenter and his team were quick to get to the story and held the hand of the listener throughout - gently coaching shell-shocked, traumatised witnesses into sharing their stories on air. The clarity of pictures generated in the mind was second to none. Stephen Nolan went above and beyond the call of duty, travelling through the night to report from the streets of London the following morning. This broadcast is a stunning achievement, showcasing Radio at its most powerful and immediate.
The High Street Abduction - Andrew Bomford for PM, BBC Radio 4 SILVER
The highest production values, sheer journalistic tenacity and good old fashioned storytelling kept the judges gripped throughout this broadcast. The innovative and creative approach made utterly compelling content, a ‘binge listen’ which left us feeling proud to work in the Radio industry. A phenomenal concept, expertly delivered.

BBC Radio Leeds BRONZE
This entry showcases a confident and vibrant Local Radio station who has excelled journalistically over the last twelve months. They are unafraid to tackle difficult stories head-on, creating shocking and memorable audio moments – the period poverty investigation is worth particular recognition. The judges were impressed by the station’s ability to seek out and deliver a powerful local angle on national stories time and time again, and the deep and obvious connection with their listeners that resonated throughout.


Best Speech Presenter Breakfast

Nicky Campbell and Rachel Burden (BBC Radio 5 live) GOLD

Vanessa Feltz (BBC Radio London) SILVER

Liz Green (BBC Radio Leeds) BRONZE

Nicky Campbell and Rachel Burden (BBC Radio 5 live) GOLD
This presenting duo covers a huge range of stories with professionalism, honesty and empathy. Their coverage of the Manchester bombing was exemplary, connecting listeners with the people involved, in a powerful and respectful way. In fact, the judges were impressed with the way in which all case studies were treated with dignity and felt this was a worthy winner.
Vanessa Feltz (BBC Radio London) SILVER
Warm, relevant, and authentic, this entry captured the community spirit of a major city. In the wake of terrorist incidents and the Grenfell Tower disaster, the presenter was always impressive - whether calling people in power to account, or dealing with shocked, sad and angry eye witnesses. Bold and brave, with lots of heart.
Liz Green (BBC Radio Leeds) BRONZE
The judges were impressed by the warmth and authority of this presenter. Covering a wide variety of stories with confidence and bravery, her championing of one subject led to questions in Parliament, and brought about real change.


Best Speech Presenter - non Breakfast

Iain Lee (talkRADIO) GOLD

Jeremy Vine (BBC Radio 2) SILVER

Mike Sweeney (BBC Radio Manchester) BRONZE

Iain Lee (talkRADIO) GOLD
This unique presenter is irreplaceable -and he surprises, with truly addictive content. He dares to challenge the broadcasting norm. His content is always original and he engages enviably. Sometimes even annoying - yet somehow brilliant too! The range of content he covers is huge - and the treatment for each topic is always impressively unpredictable. Radio is all the better for Iain Lee's intelligence, creativity and quick-thinking.
Jeremy Vine (BBC Radio 2) SILVER
Here's a knowledgeable broadcaster who injects real energy and accessibility into every topic. His curiosity echoes that of the listener - and he knows when to speak and when it's more powerful not to. He challenges robustly when appropriate - yet it is never uncomfortable listening. A true radio pro - at his very best.
Mike Sweeney (BBC Radio Manchester) BRONZE
The honesty of this 'man of the people' provides for compelling listening. His relationship with his audience is clear, on and off-air; and his conversation always illuminates. Even when covering some difficult ground, he can frequently identify an uplifting angle. His reflection of the Manchester Arena attack was considered and powerful - reflecting his gift. There will only ever be one Mike Sweeney.


Sports Show of the Year

5 Live Sport (BBC Radio 5 Live) GOLD

Our Summer: The Story of Wales at Euro 2016 (BBC Radio Wales) SILVER

On The Sporting Couch (talkSPORT) BRONZE

5 Live Sport (BBC Radio 5 Live) GOLD
This is flagship programming of high quality and high production values, with a huge cross section of different sports represented. Top talent performing at their best, this is painting pictures with words at the highest level. A technical and logistical challenge that 5Live embrace regularly to bring its audience the latest results and action, with a sense of humour, passion and experience that is unrivalled.
Our Summer: The Story of Wales at Euro 2016 (BBC Radio Wales) SILVER
A lovely story told in a very gentle way with lots of sub texts. A very different approach which really draws you in, unlike a lot of high energy sports production. The stories within the main story make this a riveting listen. Passion, pride, heart - you go on the journey with them.
On The Sporting Couch (talkSPORT) BRONZE
This is a unique and refreshingly different kind of show. It was emotional, engaging and genuine public service radio which shows a very different side to the stations output. A reminder that the heroes we cheer on the pitch are human too.


Best Music Presenter – Breakfast

The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show (Absolute Radio) GOLD

JACK’S Morning Glory (JACKfm Oxfordshire) SILVER

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show (BBC Radio 2) BRONZE

The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show (Absolute Radio) GOLD
Supporting statements often over-promise, but not this one! This is a superb entry from a programme that delivers on every level. Christian O'Connell knows his audience and doesn't miss a beat in capturing their mood. Brilliant!
JACK’S Morning Glory (JACKfm Oxfordshire) SILVER
The show is a masterclass in creating quality content on a small budget. This entry made the judges laugh out loud and it’s obvious why listeners love it.
The Chris Evans Breakfast Show (BBC Radio 2) BRONZE
The overwhelming achievement of this programme is that while it creates a comfort blanket of lovely content on a daily basis to set everyone up for the day ahead, it never forgets the power of surprise and never lets itself get stuck in a rut. This programme has excellent production values, slick presentation and a real appreciation of the listeners.


Best Music Presenter – non breakfast

Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1) GOLD

Richard Allinson (Magic Radio) SILVER

Stephen McCauley (BBC Radio Foyle & BBC Radio Ulster) BRONZE

Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1) GOLD
Annie is a dynamic broadcaster who is passionate about music and able to connect with her core audience and beyond. She delivers each link with a stunning mix of slickness and warmth, with a love for music that’s totally infectious. Impressive to the judges was the fact that Annie has so many different tones and levels which she adjusts to the music and the topic. Some of the superlatives used by the judges in their summing up of her entry: flawless, relevant, welcoming, inclusive, energetic and passionate. Annie Mac is the epitome of a radio presenter who’s earned the absolute trust of their audience – a worthy winner!

Richard Allinson (Magic Radio) SILVER
Richard is a truly gifted broadcaster who manages to connect with listeners instantly – he’s honest and sincere with a tone that reflects a broadcaster who really cares about the issues he’s addressing, the music he’s playing, and the audience he’s engaging with. The judges were impressed by Richard’s great attention to the listeners, with every link being genuine and thoughtful. He takes this approach with his interviews as well, giving his guests room to breathe and give meaningful answers. With Richard, it’s sometimes easy to forget what a talent his effortless style belies.
Stephen McCauley (BBC Radio Foyle & BBC Radio Ulster) BRONZE
The judges found Stephen to be brilliantly eclectic with original and surprising music and content. He has a strong passion for not only the songs he plays, but the stories they inspire and his enthusiasm for radio and music flowed through every part of his entry. His show – Soundscapes – is a beautifully produced programme, showcasing sound in a truly unique way, with immense creativity and a lyrical and engaging broadcasting voice. The judges were impressed that he’s not afraid to take risks and try new concepts on his random journey. They found Stephen to be a remarkable listen.


Best Specialist Music Show

Benji B (TBI Media/BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra) GOLD

The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe (7digital/BBC Radio 2) SILVER

Soundtracking with Edith Bowman (Ora et Labora/Edith Bowman) BRONZE

Benji B (TBI Media/BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra) GOLD
The quality of entries in this category was excellent. But this show stood out, coupling a devotion to music with passionate presentation, creative innovation and superb production. We loved the International Specials, which plotted a literal and metaphorical path through sound in a way that enhanced the audience’s understanding of underground music in different world cities. And at the heart of this show’s success is its presenter’s authenticity and expertise as a DJ and specialist music broadcaster, which truly set it apart from the competition.
The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe (7digital/BBC Radio 2) SILVER
This programme deploys high quality presentation and deft production to bring its chosen area of music to life. It entices existing fans as well as the uninitiated, tells engaging stories about the practitioners behind the songs and paints compelling pictures with sound. A recurring feature of this show is its commitment to leaving the confines of the studio in order to cover the artists and events that encapsulate its genre, and to doing so in a way which embraces creative risk-taking whilst always enhancing the audience’s overall experience.

Soundtracking with Edith Bowman (Ora et Labora/Edith Bowman) BRONZE
This is a unique and engaging listen, which draws on its presenter’s characteristic passion and expertise, their unquenchable musical curiosity, and their skill as an interviewer. This show delivers unexpected insights, but also moments of standout entertainment. It is always interesting and takes its listeners deeper into its chosen topic. Amidst a strong field, here is evidence that you don’t necessarily need a big budget and a national broadcast platform to enthrall and captivate an audience.


Best Entertainment/Comedy Production

The Frank Skinner Show (Avalon TV/Absolute Radio) GOLD

Henry Normal – A Normal Life (BBC Studios Comedy) SILVER

BBC Radio 1 24 Hour “LOLathon” for Red Nose Day, Scott Mills & Chris Stark BRONZE

The Frank Skinner Show (Avalon TV/Absolute Radio) GOLD
The judges felt that the art of telling entertaining stories consistently on air is in Frank's DNA and they found the entry to be not only compelling, interesting and funny but also relatable and inclusive. A presenter and show at the top of its game!
Henry Normal – A Normal Life (BBC Studios Comedy) SILVER
A powerful slice of wit and emotion this programme took a serious subject and turned it on its head with clever relatable humour and Henry’s engaging personality.
BBC Radio 1 24 Hour “LOLathon” for Red Nose Day, Scott Mills & Chris Stark BRONZE
Scott Mills R1 LOLathon picked up the RND mantle and proved how radio can outshine TV! Scott and his roster of guests and listeners delivered a funny and high quality radio event that was a triumph in production and execution.


Best Factual Storytelling

The Enemy Within (Falling Tree Productions/BBC Radio 3) GOLD

Hillsborough: Trevor and Jenni's Journey (BBC Radio Merseyside for BBC Radio 5 live) SILVER

The Tale of June and Gretel (BBC Radio Berkshire) BRONZE

The Enemy Within (Falling Tree Productions/BBC Radio 3) GOLD
The judges were hugely impressed with this up close and personal audio from the other side of suffering. The programme left a lasting impression and was a sparkling example of what can be achieved when confidence is built with contributors so that they can tell their stories freely.
Hillsborough: Trevor and Jenni's Journey (BBC Radio Merseyside for BBC Radio 5 live) SILVER
An exceptionally personal and heart-breaking account of a family’s Hillsborough experience, produced with particular skill and sensitivity.
The Tale of June and Gretel (BBC Radio Berkshire) BRONZE
This story of an unlikely friendship between two teenagers from Reading and Dusseldorf formed immediately after the Second World War was an excellent example of one generation passing down stories to another, enhanced by the involvement of current pupils from both towns.


Best Fictional Storytelling

Life Lines (BBC Radio Drama London) GOLD

Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy (BBC Studios Comedy) SILVER

Comment Is Free (BBC Radio 4 Bristol) BRONZE

Life Lines (BBC Radio Drama London) GOLD
This stunning piece of radio was beautiful, brilliant, insightful, and funny and gave great insight into a real-life service. The subject matter was perfect for the medium of radio – a drama about the importance of listening which drew the listener in and took an emotional toll.
Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy (BBC Studios Comedy) SILVER
Hilarious, poignant and fantastically well delivered to a rapt audience. This live masterpiece of live storytelling was brave, surprising, moving and intriguing in equal measure, drawing the listener in with great skill – from the very first sentence.
Comment Is Free (BBC Radio 4 Bristol) BRONZE
A gripping take on the destructive potential of social media. Topical and profound, this modern drama had a powerful and disturbing impact on the listener. This was first class writing, performance and production – a gem.


Best Community Programme

The Manchester Bombing (Key 103) GOLD

Dig Deep (JACKfm Oxfordshire) SILVER

National Prison Radio (Prison Radio Association) BRONZE

Talking Heads (BBC Radio Berkshire) BRONZE

The Manchester Bombing (Key 103) GOLD
This station created an instant connection with its listeners during a time of extreme trauma. It judged how to reflect the mood of its community and took its responsibilities seriously. This entry was deeply moving, emotional and mixed news with humanity in a way that felt natural. In a moment of pure tragedy this station excelled at supporting and ultimately celebrating the strength of the Mancunian community it served.
Dig Deep (JACKfm Oxfordshire) SILVER
This station gave itself wholly to a community and provided a warm and authentic insight into its cause. The presenters surprised the judges providing an instant and genuine emotional connection between the listeners and its subject. The story telling about the day to day life and challenges at the Helen and Douglas House Hospice for terminally ill children made the judges cry. The attention to detail in programming meant that this was an honest, hard hitting campaign that was upbeat and positive.

National Prison Radio (Prison Radio Association) BRONZE
Talking Heads (BBC Radio Berkshire) BRONZE
The judges were unable to award "a" Bronze as they failed to separate two very different and excellent programmes. Both headed straight into areas people are reluctant to talk about, but brought very honest, engaging insights into their particular communities, with engaging clever and fresh programming that was unexpected. They both pushed boundaries and educated. The judges felt it was a shame these programmes may not be heard by wider communities. And so, the judges have awarded Bronze to both National Prison Radio and Talking Heads BBC Radio Berkshire.


Best Online Radio Station

Worldwide FM GOLD

Live @Wimbledon Radio (IMG Media) SILVER

Reform Radio Bronze

Worldwide FM GOLD
Worldwide FM is the perfect GOLD winner of this new category since what it’s doing can really only be done online. Judges found themselves at first intrigued and then pulled in the more they listened. Its eclectic and authoritative, but with a welcoming tone for the audience that you don’t always find in genre-specific stations and the mix of new names (who can barely disguise their delight at being on air!) alongside the skilful touch of Gilles Peterson is a beguiling mix. As a listen, its confident and oozes high production values, while its harnessing of connections around the world is really refreshing in an increasingly isolationist world.
Live @Wimbledon Radio (IMG Media) SILVER
[email protected] even converted the non-tennis fans among our judges. It was highly professional without sounding corporate or dry at any time and it absolutely revelled in the spirit of the tournament – strawberries and cream on air! Judges were particularly impressed at the range of voices– some impressive names from the world of tennis, past and present, but it was the voices of the many, many fans that really brought this station to life and kept its audience tuned in.

Reform Radio BRONZE
The judges were bowled over by the ambition of Reform Radio. The station is based in Manchester, but reaching out to Australia! It gives employment and training opportunities to local young people, but also wants to become the “new global voice of talk radio” for young people across the world. And it’s seizing every opportunity it can to deliver on this – forging strong partnerships in the Manchester area while also using Facebook to broadcast live to the world. And what’s more it’s producing some very creative and highly listenable content that also brings new voices to the air.


Best Podcast

Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy (BBC Radio 5 live) GOLD

Close Encounters (Rethink Audio/the Guardian) SILVER

The Untold: Missing (BBC Radio Documentaries) BRONZE

Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy (BBC Radio 5 live) GOLD
The expectation of this podcast was that it would be about sport. But in reality the joy of it is the depiction of friendship and the connection between three unlikely bedfellows. The content was memorable – from the intimacy of Freddie Flintoff’s reflections on his own struggle with depression, Robbie Savage’s relationship with his father, through to dressing room pranks and the pointlessness of motivational speaking. Deftly changing gears throughout, the simplicity of the format belies the production skill which brought these characters together, along with the choice and balance of the subject matter. Fundamentally joyous in its energy, this is both refreshing and exciting.
Close Encounters (Rethink Audio/the Guardian) SILVER
Judges often say that decisions are difficult – but in this instance it is true. This is an outstanding piece of work which was very nearly the winner. The tone, style and content of this podcast were brilliantly judged. There was difficult, intimate material discussed in a relaxed and open way, but it was never pious or sensationalised. It was instead relatable, engaging and informative. This is perfect podcast territory – it could not have sat easily in mainstream radio, and the intimacy of podcast listening enhanced the material. Form and content fit together perfectly to provide a revelatory and brilliant listening experience.
The Untold: Missing (BBC Radio Documentaries) BRONZE
This was a beautifully put together story. Very cleverly produced, it manages to retain clarity of storytelling which is intimate and engaging. The lives of real people are used to weave an arresting narrative through deft use of journalism, storytelling, and music. The story grabs your attention, and holds you until the end when you are left still asking questions. The density of the story and the beautiful production meant this was a podcast which demanded multiple listens.


Best On-Air Promotion

The 6Music Festival in Glasgow (BBC Radio 6Music) GOLD

UEFA Euro 2016 France on talkSPORT (talkSPORT Creative) SILVER

The Archers (BBC Radio 4 Presentation) BRONZE

The 6Music Festival in Glasgow (BBC Radio 6Music) GOLD
This campaign really was radio as art. It made the judges stop and look at the radio. The judges loved the juxtaposition of spoken and sung word. The use of audio as geographical context was very powerful and the judges felt this was a very respectful approach to Glasgow as host city of the festival.
UEFA Euro 2016 France on talkSPORT (talkSPORT Creative) SILVER
The judges agreed this was an uplifting campaign which was right on brand and on target for the station's audience. Even though it felt slightly rough around the edges in places, this actually added to its endearing quality. The large body of work was at once diverse and yet cohesive. It was top work from a top station!

The Archers (BBC Radio 4 Presentation) BRONZE
This campaign really had a touch of the Netflix about it - making radio drama sound truly stellar, and challenging preconceptions about the show. Judges who weren't Archers fans felt this campaign drew them in to want to listen and judges who were already Archer’s fans felt this campaign truly reflected the drama of the storyline being promoted.


Best Branded Content or Partnership

The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show with Wickes (Absolute Radio) GOLD

BBC Local Radio and National Poetry Day (BBC English Regions) SILVER“Mardi Gras 2017” with British Airways (Jazz FM) BRONZESchool of Rock (Magic Radio) BRONZE

The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show with Wickes (Absolute Radio) GOLD
An outstanding example of a sponsorship completely integrated with the programme, its host and the target audience.
BBC Local Radio and National Poetry Day (BBC English Regions) SILVER
What BBC Local Radio can do best: taking a national promotion and providing genuine engagement with the listeners and local community.
“Mardi Gras 2017” with British Airways (Jazz FM) BRONZE
A perfect fit for the target audience and complex but well executed broadcast.
School of Rock (Magic Radio) BRONZE
The thought which had gone into the editorial content shone through with some memorable programming.


Best Marketing Campaign

BBC Radio 1Xtra Street Studio (BBC Radio 1Xtra) GOLD

See Radio Differently Campaign (Radiocentre) SILVER

Superhero Day (Bauer Media) BRONZE

BBC Radio 1Xtra Street Studio (BBC Radio 1Xtra) GOLD
This entry was both a great and an original campaign idea which demonstrates real connectivity with its audience. We particularly liked the idea of getting the participants themselves to share their audio on social networks increasing further the effectiveness of the marketing campaign.
See Radio Differently Campaign (Radiocentre) SILVER
This was an outstanding campaign that has demonstrably proven its success and has increased the talk- ability of commercial radio in the media industry
.Superhero Day (Bauer Media) BRONZE
What a fantastic job this group does in raising cash for local kids and highly commendable that so much of the money raised gets through to the children in need. It sounded like a lot of fun and does much to raise a positive profile of the local station in each market.


Best Coverage of an Event

Manchester’s Response to the Arena Attack (Key 103) GOLD

Running the Brighton Marathon (BBC Sussex) SILVER

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend (BBC Radio 1) BRONZE

World Cup ‘66 Live (TBI Media/BBC Radio 2) HC

Manchester’s Response to the Arena Attack (Key 103) GOLD
A highly polished production, with material totally rooted in Manchester. The sheer quality of the entry could only have been made by people LIVING the experience, not just reporting or observing it. It was remarkably evocative coverage, raw, sensitive and real. Totally full of feeling. So many emotions when listening had us close to tears at times. As judges we were taken on a journey of mood and emotion. Kudos to a music radio station that handled highly sensitive speech content in such a remarkable way. Be very proud of your work - it's a standout piece of coverage.

Running the Brighton Marathon (BBC Sussex) SILVER
The written submission with this entry stated “the best way to cover an event is to be a part of it”. Running the Brighton Marathon was a stunning example of this. With faultless production the programme took listeners on a totally immersive journey that transports you into trainers from the very first moments. We felt that it was perfectly pitched to the target audience, creatively collated and an example of hugely personal, human and accessible storytelling. It is not only the demonstration of human endeavour but the way it is portrayed that leaves the listener feeling uplifted and inspired.
BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend (BBC Radio 1) BRONZE
The BBC’s coverage of the Radio 1 Big Weekend not only engaged their core audience in the run up to and during the event, but also managed to place Hull firmly on the map as a City of Culture!The coverage succeeded in very sensitively portraying the mood of the nation in the aftermath of the Manchester bombings, reassuring listeners and attendees, encouraging everyone to come together to ensure a safe and enjoyable weekend – represented during a one minute’s silence led from the Main Stage.The mixture of interviews, side-of-stage footage, live music, games and even its own emoji were well produced to broadcast a true celebration of music!

HIGHLY COMMENDED:World Cup ‘66 Live (TBI Media/BBC Radio 2) HC
Radio has the power to take the listener to any place or time, harbouring long-forgotten emotions, thoughts and feelings.This entry does just that.The quality of production, combined with the skill of the presenters to tell the story, captures the essence of the occasion beautifully. There are ‘butterfly moments’ throughout which lead to a palpable crescendo of powerful and reflective delivery that keep the listener asking for more.A thoughtful and compelling listen which extends far beyond football, World Cup ’66 Live, produced by TBI Media, is highly commended.


Local Station of the Year

BBC Radio London GOLD

BBC Radio Merseyside SILVER

Metro Radio BRONZE

Notes: The Judges were impressed by the overall high standard of this year's entries from BBC, Commercial and Community Radio. They heard intrepid local journalism, original and funny charity ideas and lots of fantastic rapport between stations and their listeners - the essence of great local radio. Choosing a short list was genuinely difficult and choosing the top three no easier. But in the end, the winners stood out for their creative confidence and strong sense of connecting to their audience.
BBC Radio London GOLD
Big stories test local stations very hard. Can you go further and deeper than the rest? Can you find different perspectives? Can you keep real - balancing the horror with the rest of life? This station managed all that in spades. It delivered vivid, insightful, measured programmes on some of the summer's most shocking events. It listened hard to its audiences and never ducked their fear or rage. It was informative, intimate and empathetic. Presenters spoke from the heart but always remembered that they were not the point of the story. The judges felt they learned more about the summer of 2017 from this local radio station than any of the national media.

BBC Radio Merseyside SILVER
The Silver goes to a station with a long history of walking alongside its audiences in good times and bad. This year was no exception. Displaying great community ideas to celebrate its own anniversary as well as stand out humour and journalism.
Metro Radio BRONZE
The Bronze goes to a station which is successfully reinventing itself and doing so with journalistic confidence, enormous energy and some completely brilliant humour.


National Radio Station of the Year

BBC 1Xtra GOLD

Planet Rock SILVER

BBC Radio 1 BRONZE

BBC 1Xtra GOLD
This station has integrity demonstrated not just through its original and unpredictable content, but through its connection with its audiences and its bravery tackling issues that others broadcasters would shy away from. A very strong entry that was courageous, had pace, entertaining and informing the judges through music and with its bold coverage of contemporary and relevant social issues. It was a truly fabulous entry and the judges were united in awarding it the Gold this year.
Planet Rock SILVER
This was a slick and soulful entry; provocative, professional and punchy. Planet Rock knows its audiences and has generated a real sense of community not just through its music, but through its choice of presenters and storytelling; personal stories like the boy who bought his dad a guitar are truly ‘stay in the car’ radio moments. The submission amply demonstrated their spirit that radio is not just for entertainment but as a force for good too!
BBC Radio 1 BRONZE

A playful, powerful and confident entry demonstrating a network working hard and succeeding in its ambition to stay relevant and connected to its audiences. It was fun, diverse, enigmatic, moving and surprising. Their mental health campaign with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was suitably reverend and graceful aswell as warm and funny. Content around Comic Relief, Teen Awards and Big Weekend kept the judges engaged and entertained; a truly enjoyable listen!