Arqiva Radio Academy Hall of Fame inductees announced!

This week, we were delighted to announce the inductees who will be honoured at this year’s Arqiva Hall of Fame Radio Academy Lunch!

Alan Brazil, Nicky Campbell, Barry Cryer, Vanessa Feltz, Trevor Nelson, Pete Price and Jo Whiley will be inducted into the list of legendary voices at the glamorous event, hosted this year by Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell, on Thursday 4th December at The Savoy in London.

Join us for a really wonderful celebration of some true radio greats, as well as catching up with friends and colleagues for a fabulous pre-Christmas party! To book your ticket now, just click here.

Nations & Regions Awards 2014 – Winners announced!

Nations & Regions Awards 2014 - Winners announced!The Winners of the Nations & Regions Awards 2014 have been revealed! You can see the full list and the Judges’ citations right here.

Jon Kirby, Smooth Radio Programme Controller for Communicorp UK and Chairman of the 2014 Nations and Regions Awards Judging Panel said: “It was a great honour and privilege to judge such a broad range of fantastic stations. The overall standard was incredibly high this year within every branch, and all of the stations who didn’t win should be very proud of their entries.

What leapt out of the entries universally was the passion, dedication and ambition that runs through all of the programming elements and this is what makes the Nations & Regions Awards so very special.”

Huge congratulations to all this year’s winners, and warm thanks to our Judges for all their hard work!

Radio Production Awards 2014 – SOLD OUT!

The Radio Production Awards 2014 - follow us @radioacademy for live tweets from #RPAs!Tickets for next Tuesday’s Radio Production Awards ceremony, organised by The Radio Academy and the Radio Independents Group and hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, have SOLD OUT!

It’s going to be a wonderful night, including live music from top swing/jump-blues band, Blue Harlem. Got your ticket before they all went? We’re looking forward to seeing you in your glad rags at The Hippodrome, Leicester Square – drinks reception kicks off at 6.30pm, the main award ceremony will start at approx 7.30pm.

We’d also like to take a moment to thank all our fabulous Awards sponsors for their support – acast, Audible, Ecovis Wingrave Yeats, ipDTL, Loftus, Moving Air, Radio Times, Resonance FM, Roberts Radio, Sound Women and Wise Buddah.

Missed out? DON’T PANIC! We’ll be live tweeting the results from @radioacademy using #RPAs.

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RadioTalkIn this week’s RadioTalk, we’ve got another brilliant dispatch from the week in radio history, courtesy of David Lloyd’s Radio Moments!

This week, engineer Hugh Bell recalls the launch of Manchester’s 2ZY; the first female newsreader on national radio prompts 10,000 letters of complaint; Kenny Everett’s final show on Radio 2; and ‘Lillibullero’ launched as the World Service’s unmistakable ident. Happy listening!

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Best wishes,

The Radio Academy Team

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Hello there…

I just wanted to give you some more information and background to last week’s announcement regarding the strategic review of The Radio Academy.

There are two reasons for the announcement on Friday – financial and creative.

This week people have asked me ‘so, what’s happening with the Sonys then?‘, and therein lies a real problem for the Academy. After 30 years of the same headline sponsor, radio practitioners, the press and listeners all refer to our awards as the ‘Sonys’. So when their financial support finished, finding an equivalent replacement who was able to live with that fact, even in the short term, was never going to be easy. Certainly we were able to find sponsors attracted to our star-studded event, but not at the same level of investment. That meant this year the Academy had to find the shortfall.

Add into that the situation following the Radio Festival – I believe it was the best line-up of speakers and sessions we have ever put on, but not enough people attended. The feedback was that when you take into account the train ticket and hotel room, it was just too much money for people in what are still difficult economic circumstances. In an industry with less staff and less money in pretty much every station in the land, the Trustees feel that a new model is now needed.

Which leads to the second motivation, that of creativity. The Trustees have been keen to make sure that we review how and why we do things the way we do. Have we got the right structure of organisation for today’s industry. Do we need central London office space, or indeed, office space at all? Can we implement new ways of working in order to reduce costs?

Do we need to wear black tie and have a sit down meal in a ballroom, or could we look at the Baftas and Television Awards where there is theatre style seating with the public in attendance?

And could we organise a Festival where car manufacturers, advertising agencies, music industry execs and new digital media partners can buy day tickets to hear about what fantastic opportunities there are when working with us?

We should also consider what ambitions people have for the Radio Production Awards and the Arqiva Hall of Fame Lunch. I would hope you will attend these events in the next few weeks to show your support and then let us know your thoughts and ideas.

Finally, I know that many of you were sad to hear of the staff redundancies, and I hope you will offer your support to Mandy, Riza, Caroline and Nella. The Trustees did not take this decision lightly and it is no reflection on the hard work that the staff have carried out. The Trustees are also very aware of their duty of care for the team, making sure they have the best HR advice and we help as much as possible to assist in what they do next. I want to thank them for all their hard work, energy and passion over the years – it is greatly admired and appreciated. I wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.

The Radio Academy exists for all of us and we are keen to hear your thoughts and questions about the future of the Academy and the industry.

There will be an AGM at 6pm on Wednesday 10th December on the 7th Floor, BBC New Broadcasting House in London. To attend, please register here.

I hope to see you there so we can decide together the future of The Radio Academy, because what we now have is an opportunity to shape how we best reflect and celebrate our industry in the digital age next year and into the future.

Best wishes,

Ben Cooper

Chairman, The Radio Academy

This week, we have an important announcement, with the news of The Radio Academy’s ambition to create a new annual event to celebrate the UK Radio Industry.

Following a strategic review, the Radio Academy Awards will not be held in May next year. The BBC, Global, Bauer, UTV, RIG and RadioCentre are all aligned in their ambition to create a new event, most likely in London, designed to celebrate and reflect the radio industry in a dynamic and modern way.

The ambition of this review was to look at how the Academy and its events could be modernised and best reflect the industry in a digital age.

Ben Cooper, Chair of the Academy, said: “I’m confident and determined that as an industry we can create an exciting and modern event that retains the gravitas of over 30 years of Awards.

The Radio Academy Awards has remained largely unchanged since its inception in 1983, and with Sony withdrawing as the headline sponsor last year, new models need to be explored.

In line with many other organisations, The Radio Academy has also reviewed how it uses its resources in order to ensure that it delivers best value to its patrons and members. In order to achieve these changes the Trustees have reached the conclusion that the Executive Unit in its current form will close at the end of the year.

The 2014 Radio Production Awards and the Arqiva Hall of Fame will continue as normal.

For further information please contact Karen Mcnamara or Claire Singers at LD Communications on 020 7439 7222.

Best wishes,

The Radio Academy Team

Arqiva Hall of Fame Radio Academy Lunch - tickets on sale NOW!

Tickets are on sale for the Arqiva Hall of Fame Radio Academy Lunch, and they are going fast! Make sure you snap up yours and join us in the beautiful Ballroom of The Savoy on Thursday 4th December for a really wonderful celebration of some true radio greats, as well as catching up with friends and colleagues for a fabulous pre-Christmas party!

We’ll be announcing this year’s Hall of Fame inductees very soon but, in the meantime, why not check out the gorgeous photos from last year’s event right here. For more information and to book your ticket for this very special event, just click here.


Radio Production Awards 2014 – Nominations next week!

Next week, we’ll be announcing the Nominations for this year’s Radio Production Awards, organised by The Radio Academy and the Radio Independents Group. Good luck to everyone who entered!

The winners will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 25th November at The Hippodrome, Leicester Square – tickets will go on sale once Nominations have been announced.


Yorkshire Branch: Does Radio Have Passion For Music?

Yorkshire Branch: Does Radio Have Passion For Music?If you missed our Yorkshire Branch event on 8th October in Leeds about music radio, you can now watch it back in full.

Event chair Ian Bent (BBC North) asked the question ‘Does Radio Have Passion For Music?’ of our panel, Heart’s Dixie, Shed Seven/Minster FM’s Rick Witter, Distorted Productions founder Andi Durrant, and BBC Introducing presenter Alan Raw. To watch the video, just click here to go to the Branch blog, where you can also watch one of the performances by our music act on the night, Beth McCarthy.


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RadioTalkIn this week’s RadioTalk, we’ve got more fantastic clips from the week in radio history, courtesy of David Lloyd’s Radio Moments!

This week, some lovely snippets from John Peel, who passed away ten years ago; it was all change at Matthew Bannister’s Radio 1; and Radio Orwell launched in Ipswich, the smallest of the first tranch of commercial stations. Happy listening!


Membership

Support The Radio Academy, get discounted rates for all our events and be the envy of all your friends by becoming a Member. You can sign up on our website for annual membership for just £25, but if you work for any of our Patrons it’s absolutely free! Just register with your work email address here.

Best wishes,

The Radio Academy Team