Radio Academy Awards - yet another great year for indies
Radio Indies celebrated as today’s Radio Academy Awards nominations showed the sector continuing to punch above its weight and win nominations across 19 different categories. Overall, there were 29 nominations involving indie producers, with 20 different indie production companies being nominated for one of the prestigious awards.
Out‐of‐London indies featured six times, with Manchester’s Sparklab and Smooth Operations amassing four separate nominations between them, plus Swindon‐based Fresh Air productions and Brighton’s Pier Productions were each nominated.
Examples of indie nominations include:
‐ Best Coverage of a Live Event ‐ TBI Media and Snappin’ Turtle Productions were nominated for The Dambusters – 70 Years On with BBC Radio 2
‐ Best Music Programme ‐ Folded Wing’s Jamie Cullum Show, now syndicated in many countries around the world, along with Smooth Ops’ People’s Songs
‐ Drama – Pier’s Babbage and Sparklab’s How To Have A Perfect Marriage
- Speech – The Frank Skinner Show – Avalon for Absolute Radio; The Reunion – Whistledown Productions for BBC Radio 4
- News Feature / Documentary ‐ Johnny Cash and the Forgotten Prison Blues – Unique for BBC Radio 4; Tempted by Teacher – markthree media for BBC Radio 1
- Comedy – Here Be Dragons John Stanley Productions for BBC Radio Wales; The Blagger’s Guide To Doctor Who – Unique for BBC Radio 2
‐ Entertainment ‐ The Dermot O’Leary Show – Ora Et Labora for BBC Radio 2
Overall 26 nominations were for independent productions, and indie companies also picked up a further three, with two being for Best Creative Innovation (Somethin’ Else and TBI Media); and one for Best Technical Innovation (Wise Buddah).
RIG Managing Director Will Jackson said: “I’d like to congratulate all of RIG’s members who have been nominated. These nominations reflect the breadth and diversity of radio indies, large and small and based around the UK, and working across a wide range of specialties. By continuing to innovate and bring new talent, stories and perspectives to listeners, indies are playing a significant part in radio’s continuing popularity. We are continuing to talk to the BBC and commercial broadcasters, as well as to the Government, about how we can make an even greater contribution going forward”.
*** Please click on link "Radio Academy Awards" on left to see the full list of indie nominations
Indie programmes are on the radio at home and abroad throughout this week, including these 89 some of which are featured in BBC Radio's highlights of the week, from Somethin' Else (x28), TBI Media (x8), Wise Buddah (x8), We Are Grape (x5), Falling Tree Productions (x4), The NoiseHouse (x4), Unique (x4), Wise Buddah/Three Street Media (x4), Folded Wing (x3), Smooth Operations (x3), USP (x3), Afonica Sound Productions, Alfi Productions, Classic Arts, Foldback Media, Gimme Sugar Ltd, Jarvis And Ayres, Little Brother Productions, Loftus Media, Made In Manchester, Ora et Labora, Quidem Productions, Sweet Talk, Whispering Bob's Broadcasting Company, Whistledown and Wire Free Productions