Audio Production Awards (previously RPAs)

We are delighted to announce the winners for the 2016 Audio Production Awards, sponsored by Audible. They are listed in full on the website at www.audioproductionawards.co.uk.

THE WINNERS IN BRIEF
Stephen Fry was honoured with the Gold award, saying “audio is his life” whilst retired BBC Radio 2 presenter Desmond Carrington was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. Whistledown Productions took home the top Indie of the Year award, and James Shield, a freelance, won TWO awards.
BEST COMEDY/ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER: Gus Beattie (The Comedy Unit)
BEST DRAMA PRODUCER: Boz Temple-Morris (Holy Mountain)
BEST MUSIC PRODUCER: Alannah Chance (Reduced Listening)
NEW VOICE AWARD: Jacob Pollard (Roundhouse Radio)
BEST NEWCOMER: James Shield (Freelance)
BEST NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARY/FEATURE MAKER: Christian Spooner (BBC Radio Merseyside)
BEST DOCUMENTARY/FEATURE MAKER: Hana Walker-Brown (Freelance)
BEST SOUND DESIGNER/ENGINEER: Steve Urquhart (Freelance)
BEST STATION SOUND PRODUCER: Chris Ward (Bauer Media)
BEST PODCAST/ ONLINE PRODUCER: James Shield (Freelance)
BEST MULTI-MEDIA PRODUCER: Kate Valentine (Digital Drama)
GRASSROOTS PRODUCTION AWARD: National Prison Radio
BEST READINGS/ AUDIOBOOK PRODUCER; David Roper (Heavy Entertainment)
NARRATOR OF THE YEAR: Daniel Weyman
BEST PRESENTER – SPEECH: Fi Glover (BBC Radio 4)
BEST PRESENTER – MUSIC: Cerys Matthews (BBC Radio 6 Music)
GOLD AWARD: Stephen Fry
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Desmond Carrington (BBC Radio 2)
INDIE OF THE YEAR: Whistledown Productions
 

The winners have been announced for the 2015 Radio Production Awards (RPAs), with two awards going to the team on the Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show and two to Cabin Pressure producer David Tyler of Pozzitive, including the special Gold Award sponsored by Audible.

montage of winners

The ceremony hosted on the evening of 24th November at London’s Hippodrome, was organised by the Radio Independents Group (RIG), with support from the Radio Academy. It was hosted by Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney and the guests presenting the awards included fellow presenters Goldirocks and Clara Amfo, as well as Dotun Adebayo, Roger Bolton, Sue McGregor and journalist and presenter John McCarthy.

theatre stage pic

The awards featured a special set from singer Nell Bryden, as well as a performance from comedian Jake Yapp. TBI Media was ‘Indie of the Year’ for projects such as Battle of Britain at 75, and Cathy Fitzgerald won both ‘Best Documentary/Feature Maker’ and the ‘Producer of the Year’ award. Production staff from indie company Whistledownalso won three awards.

Nell Bryden set

Now in their sixth year, the RPAs recognise and celebrate the production skills of radio and audio producers based in the UK or supplying UK-based broadcasters from overseas. This year’s nominees included 26 different indies, there were also 12 nominations for the BBC and 10 for commercial radio.

Glitter bombRoundhouse Radio won the new ‘Best Grassroots Production’ award, which encourages the participation of new and diverse talent in radio production. As well as the Grassroots award, this year also featured for the first time awards for Presenter Hero, which went to the Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show’s Richie Firth, and Best Nations & Regions Producer, which went to Paul Evans of Harvard Productions in Wales. Other Out-of-London winners included Bauer’s Tony McShane from Metro Radio in the North East, plus Manchester’s Sparklab Productions featured in a win for freelancer Steve Urquhart. Christian O’Connell’s Absolute Radio breakfast show featured again with Chris Skinner’saward for ‘Best Multi-Platform Creator’.

Roundhouse Radio picRIG’s Managing Director Will Jackson said: "Another amazing Radio Production Awards night has once again demonstrated the exceptional quality of audio production in the UK, both from the wide range of indie companies across the country, and from in-house teams including the BBC and Bauer Media. I'm particularly pleased that our new 'Grassroots Production' award highlights organisations working with new production talent, meaning the sector is well-placed to rise to the significant opportunities on offer in the coming years."

Above is the main text of the press release, which can be downloaded here as a pdf, including additional notes and full list of winners


 

RPAs 2014 Gillian Reynolds Gold Award

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2014 RADIO PRODUCTION AWARDS
ABSOLUTE RADIO’S BRIAN MURPHY NAMED PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
PRODUCTION HERO OF THE YEAR IS HARAD SMITH OF TBI MEDIA
GILLIAN REYNOLDS TAKES THE GOLD AWARD

The winners of the 2014 Radio Production Awards, the UK’s most prestigious radio production accolades, organised by The Radio Academy and the Radio Independents Group (RIG), were announced this evening at a glittering ceremony hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne.  

Full list of winners below ...

The fifth annual Radio Production Awards recognise the unsung heroes of radio and reflect the achievements of individuals who have demonstrated excellence in UK radio production, both in-house and in the independent radio production sector.

Scooping the coveted Producer of the Year Award was Absolute Radio’s Brian Murphy. His series The Pioneers was described by the judges as “some of the most impactful and memorable radio which the judges have ever heard.” In what marked a double success for Brian, he was also awarded the Best Documentary/Feature Maker for delivery with “immediacy and verve which made it compelling listening.”

The Production Hero Award went to TBI Media’s Harad Smith, for her “adaptability, diversity and flair.” The Award for Best Newcomer went to Paul Smith from Just Radio Ltd, cited by the judges as “outstanding.” Whistledown Productions was named Indie of the Year for the “consistency of its production values.”

Other big winners on the night included BBC Radio 2’s Tim Johns, who was presented with Best News & Current Affairs Documentary/Feature Maker, Somethin’ Else’s Kellie Redmond who took home Best Music Entertainment Producer, Best Comedy/Entertainment Producer was awarded to Bauer’s Tony McShane, and the Award for Best Live Music Producer/Engineer went to Kellie While from Smooth Operations.

Best Podcast/Online Producer was awarded to Cheeka Eyers from Podium.me, Jamie King from Somethin’ Else was named Best Multi-Platform Creator, John Dryden of Goldhawk Productions Ltd was Best Drama/Readings Producer, the award for Best Creative was given to Luke Doran from BBC Radio 4 & 4 Extra, and Best Sound Designer was awarded to Richard Evans from Syncbox Post Ltd.

The 2014 Radio Production Gold Award was presented to Daily Telegraph Radio Critic, Gillian Reynolds. The judges thanked Gillian for her continued support of radio production, saying “she is not only our supporter, she is our champion.”

Gloria Abramoff, Interim CEO of The Radio Academy, said: “What a wonderful evening of celebrations for some of the unsung heroes of radio. I’m so pleased that our winners and nominees are recognised in this way for their incredible work.

Will Jackson, Managing Director of the Radio Independents Group, said: "The superb audio we've received, from across the UK, demonstrates just how much amazing talent and creativity there is in the sector.  There is a huge amount of great work going on right now - we're recognising the very best of the best with tonight's awards.

Best Documentary / Feature Maker
Sponsored by Ecovis Wingrave Yeats
Brian Murphy – Absolute Radio

Best News & Current Affairs Documentary / Feature Maker
Sponsored by ipDTL
Tim Johns – BBC Radio 2

Best Comedy / Entertainment Producer
Sponsored by Wise Buddah
Tony McShane – Metro Radio / TFM – Bauer Media

Best Music Entertainment Producer

Sponsored by Roberts Radio
Kellie Redmond – Somethin’ Else

Best Live Music Producer / Engineer
Kellie While – Smooth Operations

Best Podcast / Online Producer
Sponsored by Acast
Cheeka Eyers – Podium.me

Best Multi-Platform Creator
Sponsored by Loftus Media
Jamie King – Somethin’ Else

Best Drama / Readings Producer
John Dryden
– Goldhawk Productions Ltd

Best Newcomer
Sponsored by Resonance FM
Paul Smith – Just Radio Ltd

Best Creative
Luke Doran
– BBC Radio 4 & 4 Extra

Best Sound Designer

Sponsored by Moving Air
Richard Evans – Syncbox Post Ltd

Producer of the Year
Sponsored by Audible
Brian Murphy – Absolute Radio

Production Hero Award
Sponsored by Sound Women
Harad Smith – TBI Media

Indie of the Year
Sponsored by Radio Times
Gold: Whistledown Productions
Silver: PRA Productions
Bronze: TBI Media


Gold Award - Gillian Reynolds

Photos will be available on the event website soon.

The Radio Academy and the Radio Independents Group would like to say a very big 'thank you' to all our judges who contributed their time and expertise - we couldn't do it without you.

Congratulations to all the night's Winners!

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