The Radio Production Awards 2015
organised by the Radio Independents Group
and supported by The Radio Academy
*** Audio of the event has been posted here https://audioboom.com/playlists/1301217-radio-production-awards-2015 ***
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.
*** For pictures of the winners, courtesy of Nick Edwards, please click here ***
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.
*** For pictures of the event, courtesy of Bellanova Photography, please click here ***
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 Whistledown also won three awards.
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.
Roundhouse 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’s award for ‘Best Multi-Platform Creator’.
RIG’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
Audible, the world’s largest provider of digital audio entertainment, sponsored the Gold Award and drinks Reception at the 2015 RPAs .
Working closely with the UK’s independent audio production community, Audible has become an alternative commissioning channel for high-quality audio programming that attracts top-flight acting and writing talent to the audio format. Recent productions include Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories, featuring performances by Richard E Grant and Bill Bailey, and a new adaptation of the gothic vampire classic Carmilla, starring former Dr Who David Tennant and Game of Thrones’ Rose Leslie.
Steve Carsey, head of original programming at Audible UK said:
“We’re delighted to be able to celebrate the vibrancy and creativity of the UK’s independent audio production sector by supporting this award. Our work creating, commissioning and shaping new audio programming means we get to work with some of the best talent in the business. So it’s great to be able to help recognise the difference those outstanding individuals make through the Gold Award.”
May we take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks to our large team of dedicated judges, who had many high-quality entries to assess and difficult decisions to take.