ARIAS 2017: Categories


We've worked hard to bring you a new and improved set of categories this year. The list below reflects our aim; that the ARIAS can celebrate and encourage all aspects of the radio and audio industry's output, and the great people who are behind it.

If you have any questions about categories, drop us an email at [email protected] and we'll get straight back to you.


ARIAS 2017 Categories

1. Best New Presenter
2. Best New Show/Podcast
3. Best News Coverage
4. Best Speech Presenter - Breakfast
5. Best Speech Presenter - Non Breakfast
6. Sports Show/Podcast of the Year
7. Best Music Presenter - Breakfast
8. Best Music Presenter of a Non-Breakfast Show or Podcast

9. Best Specialist Music Show/Podcast
10. Best Entertainment/Comedy Production of the Year
11. Best Factual Storytelling/Documentary

12. Best Fictional Storytelling
13. Best Community Programming
14. Best Online Radio Station
15. Best Podcast
16. Best On-Air Promotion
17. Best Branded Content or Partnership
18. Best Marketing Campaign
19. Best Coverage of an Event
20. Local Station of the Year
21. Best National/Network of the Year
22. Radio Academy Award Team of the Year – VOTE HERE
23. Radio Academy Award Person of the Year – VOTE HERE

1. Best New Presenter

This award celebrates an individual presenter who represents an important new voice in radio/audio.

The judges will be looking for an outstanding new talent who dazzles with an unmatched combination of charisma, passion for the medium, determination to exploit its possibilities to their utmost potential, love for their audience and enthusiasm for the particular kind of show they present.

Whilst entrants are likely to have made occasional appearances over recent years, their true breakthrough must have occurred during the qualifying period and details of this should be clearly set out in the supporting statement. Entries can be from any platform. Please note these categories are also open to co-presented programmes.

The entry must include:

  • 30-minute audio compilation
  • Track list guide to your submitted audio
  • 500 word supporting statement about the presenter, programme and target audience

2. Best New Show/Podcast

This award is for the very best new show or Podcast. Entries may be completely new shows or a complete refresh of an existing show.

The judges will be looking for a level of innovation and fresh thinking either creating a brand new programme or revolutionising an existing format. The winner will be a show/podcast whose undisputed brilliance has caused a buzz throughout the year, making others wish they had thought of it first!

This award is for the best brand new show/podcast that launched during the qualifying period. This entry can be any new show on any audio platform. The entry must have been part of a series or regular programming with at least 6 individual episodes. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 30-minute audio compilation
  • Track-list guide to your submitted audio
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme, target audience and the process of innovation that led to its creation

3. Best News Coverage

This award recognises outstanding journalism. Submissions can include coverage of breaking news stories, ongoing coverage of news events, extended news bulletins, original journalism or an investigation on a news story. Standalone news programmes and news sequences within programmes are also eligible.

Judges will be looking for entries that make sense of the news. Entries that deliver the very best journalism, told robustly, with authority and creativity. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 30-minute audio compilation
  • Track-list guide to the audio
  • 500 word supporting statement

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

4. Best Speech Presenter(s) - Breakfast

This award honours exceptional talent at the helm of speech-based weekday or weekend breakfast shows. Qualifying shows will need to demonstrate an output that is at least 50% speech-based.

Whilst the award focuses on the presenter(s), the judges will be looking at every aspect of production and presentation to find a show that constantly creates unforgettable audio/radio moments, stopping listeners in their tracks and leaving them talking about the show (in person and online) for the rest of the day. Content should be unexpected, stimulating, surprising, informative and magnetically engaging, and may even be provocative or emotionally charged on occasion. Entries can be from any platform. Please note these categories are also open to co-presented programmes.

The entry must include:

  • A 30-minute audio compilation of show highlights
  • A 30-minute extract from selected date (see info and dates below)
  • A track-list guide for both of these audio submissions
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience, clearly stating the percentage of music-based content in the full-length programme from which the 30-minute compilation has been taken

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Extract Info and Dates:

  • For weekday programmes: 30-minute audio extract from a single show on Tuesday 27th June
  • For weekend programmes: 30-minute audio extract from a single show on either Saturday 24th June or Sunday 25th June
  • Please note that the audio extracts need to be an unedited 30 minute sequence. The extract can be from anywhere in the programme, but needs to be a 30 minutes as the listener would have heard it. The single show extract needs to be 30 minutes long before the music is shortened to leave only intros and outros but please do not make any other internal edits on speech inserts
  • Entrants must clearly state the percentage of speech-based content in the full-length programme from which the 30-minute audio extract has been taken

***NEW DATES ADDED****

Following representations from a number of services and following consultation, we are now able to offer a second date for Breakfast Show categories, week day and weekend. These new dates are only available if your main breakfast show presenter/s were not available on the initial dates outlined.

The second set of dates (2017) are:
Tuesday 6th June (as an alternative to Tuesday 27th June)
Saturday 3rd June or Sunday 4th June (as an alternative to Saturday 24th June and Sunday 25th June)

5. Best Speech Presenter – Non Breakfast

This award celebrates presenter(s) who predominantly host speech-based non-breakfast shows (including broadcast radio as well as streamed and podcast audio). Qualifying shows will need to demonstrate an output that is at least 50% speech-based.

The judges will be looking for someone who has range and depth, who regularly creates gripping audio, who has a natural way with conversation that effortlessly draws the audience in, and the ability to conduct interviews that reveal something new through questions that others would never think to ask. Entries can be from any platform. Please note these categories are also open to co-presented programmes.

The entry must include:

  • 30-minute audio compilation
  • Track-list guide to the audio
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience.

(Entrants must clearly state the percentage of speech-based content in the full-length programme from which the 30-minute audio compilation has been taken)

6. Sports Show/Podcast of the Year

This award is for a regularly scheduled show or one-off programme or Podcast that really knows how to draw listeners in to the sporting world. This may be through the power of commentary, analysis, conversation, interactivity or covering sport in its broadest context.

The judges will be looking for creativity, highly skilled, knowledgeable presenter(s) and a programme that captivates, entertains and delivers for their audience.

Any special one-off sporting event coverage should be entered in Best Coverage of an Event, category 19. A regular scheduled show or podcast means at least 6 individual episodes. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 30-minute audio compilation of show highlights
  • Track-list guide to your submitted audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience

7. Best Music Presenter(s) - Breakfast

This award recognises outstanding hosts of music-based weekday or weekend breakfast shows. Qualifying shows will need to demonstrate an output that is at least 50% music.

Although the award focuses on the host(s), the judges will be looking at every aspect of production and presentation to find a show that’s ‘the complete package’. This will include infectious enthusiasm from the host(s) and innovative features and interaction. Entries can be from any platform. Please note these categories are also open to co-presented programmes.

The entry must include:

  • A 30-minute audio compilation of show highlights
  • A 30-minute extract from selected date (see info and dates below)
  • A track-list guide for both of these audio submissions
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience, clearly stating the percentage of music-based content in the full-length programme from which the 30-minute compilation has been taken

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Extract Info and Dates:

  • For weekday programmes: 30-minute audio extract from a single show on Tuesday 27th June
  • For weekend programmes: 30-minute audio extract from a single show on either Saturday 24th June or Sunday 25th June
  • Please note that the audio extracts need to be an unedited 30 minute sequence. The extract can be from anywhere in the programme, but needs to be a 30 minutes as the listener would have heard it. The single show extract needs to be 30 minutes long before the music is shortened to leave only intros and outros but please do not make any other internal edits on speech inserts
  • Entrants must clearly state the percentage of speech-based content in the full-length programme from which the 30-minute audio extract has been taken

***NEW DATES ADDED****

Following representations from a number of services and following consultation, we are now able to offer a second date for Breakfast Show categories, week day and weekend. These new dates are only available if your main breakfast show presenter/s were not available on the initial dates outlined.

The second set of dates (2017) are:
Tuesday 6th June (as an alternative to Tuesday 27th June)
Saturday 3rd June or Sunday 4th June (as an alternative to Saturday 24th June and Sunday 25th June)

8. Best Music Presenter(s) of a Non-Breakfast Show or Podcast

This award is for music presenter(s) who work predominantly outside breakfast slots, and recognises this year's most outstanding DJ/music presenter of a music radio series or one-off programme.

The judges will be looking for someone whose passion for music shines out as they intersperse the tracks they play with moments of pure entertainment, demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of their subject. Entries can be from any platform. Please note these categories are also open to co-presented programmes.

The entry must include:

  • 30-minute audio compilation
  • Track-list guide to the audio
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

9. Best Specialist Music Show/Podcast

This award will celebrate a show that lives, breathes, eats and sleeps the music to which it is devoted.

The judges will be looking at every aspect of the production and presentation to find evidence of an incredibly in-depth knowledge of the genre and a never-ending quest to bring that music to the audience in new ways on any platform. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 30-minute audio compilation (music should be telescoped to retain just intros and outros)
  • Track-list guide to the audio
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

10. Best Entertainment/Comedy Production of the Year

This award is for regular shows or one-off programmes including of comedy, quiz or other entertainment programming on any platform.

Judges will be looking at both the individual elements of shows and the way in which those parts combine to form the whole. Important factors will include demonstrating a wide range of creative ideas and fresh approaches to the entertainment genre, as well as a deep understanding of the listeners and their needs.

Regular shows are defined as having at least 6 individual episodes. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 30-minute audio compilation of show highlights
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience
  • Track-list guide to the audio

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

11. Best Factual Storytelling/Documentary

This award will honour a documentary, on any platform, which takes factual storytelling to a new level.

The judges will be looking for a combination of utterly compelling audio, remarkable access to untold stories (or untold aspects of familiar events) and beautifully-crafted narrative structure which transports the listeners into the heart of story, giving them the sense that they’re living through the action as it unfolds, moving from one location to the next as eye-witnesses to events. The winning programme will have the ability to capture anyone, on any platform, keeping them gripped to the very last second by the need to know how the story ends. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 30 minute audio extract (this should be an unedited 30 minute continuous extract but can come from any part of the programme)
  • Track-list guide to the audio
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience

12. Best Fictional Storytelling

This award pays tribute to the audio drama, podcast or audiobook that best transported its audience to the heart of the action, immersing listeners in an unforgettable experience that lingers long in the memory.

The judges will be looking for the perfect combination of stunning performances, expertly edited scripts and flawless sound design that draws listeners into the story being told. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 30-minute audio extract (this should be an unedited 30 minute continuous extract but can come from any part of the programme)
  • 250 word plot synopsis of the whole drama
  • 500 word supporting statement about the production

13. Best Community Programming

This category is for any community-driven output, social action initiative, campaign, programme or series that engages their audience in a positive, community-focused way.

The judges will be seeking to reward compelling and powerful programming that has made an impact in, for example, fundraising, heightening public awareness and understanding of an issue, and/or inspiring change within a community. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 30-minute audio extract
  • 500 word supporting statement

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

14. Best Online Radio Station

This award is for the very best Online Radio Station, whose primary means of distribution is online and is either based in the UK or primarily aimed at a UK audience.

The judges will be looking for a Station that stands out and makes full use of the medium in which it is broadcast, demonstrating the freedom of the online format to try something new and exciting.

Judges want to hear fresh and creative format/s that are accessible and inclusive for a UK or global audience. Demonstrating a station that maintains the professionalism you might find in traditional, well-funded radio, on a significantly smaller budget. Judges will also be looking at presentation, for stand out radio stars that shine, adding creativity, imagination and spark to their programme and the station.

This award is for the Best Online Radio Station from the qualifying period.

The entry must include:

  • 30-minute audio compilation with highlights from across a station or a specific programme that best represents the station
  • Track-list guide to your submitted audio
  • 500 word supporting statement about the Station, ethos and target audience

The entry may also provide background on the station in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

(These are newly added and isn't mandatory but entrants may add)

15. Best Podcast

This award celebrates single audio shows or series created primarily for online distribution. Please note this category is not aimed at broadcast radio content, which is then made available in podcast form.

Judges will be looking for podcasts that take full advantage of the medium, that are so fresh, funny, informative, entertaining or outrageous that they always leave listeners impatient for the next episode? Important factors will include creativity in both the theme/concept for the series, as well as for the features, content and production within each show, and the way in which the podcast engages its target audience.

The entry must include:

  • 30 minute audio highlights compilation
  • Track-list guide to your audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about the podcast
  • Link to the show’s website or other online home

16. Best On-Air Promotion

This category is designed to recognise creative excellence in either a single execution or a campaign of editorial and promos/trailers that promote an audio service, a charity event, a community project or a promotion on behalf of a third party client.

Judges will consider how well the audio communicates the campaign's objectives, rewarding promotions that demonstrate outstanding creativity, innovation and impact on the audience. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 30-minute audio highlights compilation
  • Track-list guide to your audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about the promotion and its impact

17. Best Branded Content/Partnership

This new category recognises excellence in paid-for promotional, sponsored or brand-funded programming or creative partnerships. Entries should be from a single campaign/partnership and can include both audio and activity that stretches beyond the broadcast, for example social media.

Judges will be looking to reward entries that include compelling content and successfully address the needs or interests of the brand/partnership as well as the expectations of the audience. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 30-minute audio highlights compilation
  • Track-list guide to your audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about the branded content/partnership and its impact

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

(These are newly added and isn't mandatory but entrants may add)

18. Best Marketing Campaign

This award recognises a creative marketing campaign that has excelled. The campaign might promote a programme, a podcast, a radio station, a network that has developed from a collection of individual stations with a more consistent output, a national radio station or a brand.

The judges will want to see the reflection of that campaign on-air and will want to reward the station or network that has a clear resonance between its programming, marketing and positioning. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • A full package of any off-air marketing creative and collateral (online links to TV ads, live events, posters, print media, social media etc)
  • 30-minute audio highlights compilation
  • Track-list guide to your audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about the campaign and its impact

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

(These are newly added and isn't mandatory but entrants may add)

19. Best Coverage of an Event

This category is for the creative and clever coverage of an event, typical examples might include a music concert, a state occasion or a sporting event.

Judges will be looking at the way in which entrants have used audio techniques to convey the sense of occasion, bringing the event to their listeners. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 30-minute audio highlights compilation
  • Track-list guide to your audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about the event and its impact
  • A link to and/or a screenshot of social media or other online content in support of the event

20. Local Station of the Year

This category is for a local station that has captured the hearts and minds of its listeners and delivers day in, day out.

The judges will be looking for clear evidence of a station that knows the local community, serving and representing the tastes, needs and interests of all in fresh and exciting ways, and engaging listeners in every aspect of output both online and offline. While the audio will be the primary determining factor, judges will also take into account consistency of programming and clarity of the stations purpose and feel.

The entry must include:

  • 30 minute audio compilation of highlights from across the output
  • Track-list guide
  • 1,500 word supporting statement about the station and target audience. In the format of a PDF of up to 6 pages of A4, including both written and visual content

The entry may also provide background on the station in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

(These are newly added and isn't mandatory but entrants may add)

21. Best National/Network of the Year

This category celebrates the very best in UK radio and will go to the national station or network which has towered above its rivals over the last year.

Judges will be looking for entries that display excellence across their entire broadcast schedule and clearly demonstrate a strong sense of unified station identity that resonates with, and shows deep understanding of, the stations target audience with brilliant audio, inspiring production, and a genuine ability to connect with their listeners. Judges will also take into account consistency of programming and clarity of the stations purpose and feel.

The entry must include:

  • 30 minute audio compilation of highlights from across the output
  • Track-list guide to your submitted audio compilation
  • 1,500 word supporting statement about the station and target audience. In the format of a PDF of up to 6 pages of A4, including both written and visual content

The entry may also provide background on the station in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published
  • (These are newly added and isn't mandatory but entrants may add)

22/23.
Radio Academy Award Team of the Year – voted for by members
&
Radio Academy Award Person of the Year – voted for by members

These new awards are in the gift of the Radio Academy. They honour the outstanding radio/audio team and radio/audio person of the past year. The winners will have made a major contribution to the audio/radio sector. A shortlist will be created from Trustee submissions and then open for Members to vote.


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