awards night

The winners are now listed on the APAs website [below]

The 2017 Audio Production Awards were presented at a glittering Gala Night on the 23rd November, with surprise guests including politician-turned-presenter Ed Milliband, who took Silver in the 'Best New Voice' category, legendary DJ Tony Blackburn who took the Gold Award.  Phil Critchlow won the Lifetime Achievement category for his long career in BBC radio production, independent radio production and of course his committed and highly successful leadership of RIG.  PRA Productions took the covered Indie of the Year award, while their associated network National Prison Radio won the Grassroots Production category.

Successful producers and presenters were Cathy Fitzgerald, Mark Carter, Hana Walker-Brown, Matt Stronge, Ed Morrish, David Akosim, Steve Bond, Eva Krysiak, Thom Hoffman, Lance Dann, Chris Thompson, Victoria Ferran, Liam Hadley, Ellie Cawthorne, Dotun Adebayo, Lauren Laverne and Adam Sims.

Entertainment came from host Trevor Nelson, comedian Mark Watson, magician Lance-Corporal Richard Jones and improv comedy troupe The Noise Next Door.

Many more details on the dedicated website, which you can find at www.audioproductionawards.co.uk, and see particularly the Award Winners page.


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


 

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