The nominees for the 2020 ARIAS were announced on Wednesday 15th January, at a stunning party hosted by Wireless overlooking the Thames at London Bridge.  Hosted by Reshmin Chowdhury with guests Tom & Daisy from Kiss FM and Arielle Free from Radio 1 and Love Island After Sun.

Best New Presenter, supported by Big Red Talent

  • Anushka Asthana, on Today in Focus, by The Guardian
  • Jacob Hawley, on Jacob Hawley: On Drugs, BBC Sounds
  • Kenny Allstar, on BBC Radio 1Xtra, by Somethin’ Else
  • Raj & Pilar, on BBC Radio 1’s The Reality Tea, by Fresh Air Productions
  • Simon Jordan, on talkSPORT
  • Tyler West, on Kiss FM


Best New Show, supported by mGage

  • Politix & Chill, BBC Sussex
  • Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James, BBC Radio 1
  • The Hang with Gregory Porter, Cup and Nuzzle
  • The Next Episode, BBC News
  • Through the Decades, Absolute Radio
  • Today in Focus, The Guardian


Best News Coverage, supported by

  • Anatomy of a Stabbing, PM on BBC Radio 4
  • Cops on the Front Line, BBC Radio Manchester
  • Myles Bonnar – A-Game Exposé, BBC The Social and BBC News Scotland
  • The JACK News Team, Jackfm Oxfordshire
  • Today in Focus, The Guardian
  • Valley of Tears, Q Radio


Best Speech Breakfast Show, supported by Broadcast Bionics

  • 5 Live Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 live
  • Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, talkSPORT
  • Annabel Amos at Breakfast, BBC Radio Northampton
  • Good Morning Ulster, BBC Radio Ulster
  • Julia Hartley-Brewer Breakfast Show, talkRADIO
  • Toby Foster at Breakfast, BBC Radio Sheffield


Best Speech Presenter

  • Emma Barnett, on BBC Radio 5 live
  • Frank Skinner, on Absolute Radio
  • Iain Lee, on talkRADIO
  • Mark Patterson, on BBC Radio Foyle
  • Matthew Wright, on talkRADIO
  • Mike Sweeney, on BBC Radio Manchester


Best Sports Show

  • Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, talkSPORT
  • Drive with Adrian Durham and Darren Gough, talkSPORT
  • Super G: How Geraint won the Yellow Jersey, BBC Radio Wales
  • Tailenders, TBI Media for BBC Radio 5 live
  • That Peter Crouch Podcast, BBC Radio 5 live
  • The Jim White Show, talkSPORT


Best Coverage of an Event, supported by RadioToday

  • Bloody Sunday: The Decisions Live, BBC Radio Foyle
  • Cricket World Cup Final, BBC Radio 5 live
  • England Cricket Winter Tours, talkSPORT
  • Great North Run, Metro Radio
  • Mental Health Awareness Week, Absolute Radio
  • The Duke, The Duchess and the Royal Dolls, BBC Sussex


Funniest Show

  • Elis James and John Robins, Audio Always for BBC Radio 5 live
  • James Veitch’s Contractual Obligation, BBC Radio 4
  • Kurupt FM, Audible
  • ReincarNathan, Talkback for BBC Radio 4
  • Shagged Married Annoyed, Avalon Television Ltd
  • The Dave Berry Breakfast Show, Absolute Radio


Best Music Breakfast Show, supported by Carver PR

  • Big John @ Breakfast, Hallam FM
  • KISS Breakfast with Tom & Daisy, Kiss FM
  • Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James, BBC Radio 1
  • The 1Xtra Breakfast Show with Dotty, BBC Radio 1Xtra
  • The Dave Berry Breakfast Show, Absolute Radio
  • The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, BBC Radio 2


Best Music Presenter, supported by PPL and PRS for Music

  • Abbie McCarthy, on BBC Music Introducing
  • Kate Molleson, on BBC Radio 3
  • Mistajam, on BBC Radio 1Xtra
  • Olivia Jones, on Total Access
  • Edith Bowman, on Soundtracking a podcast by Ebow Productions
  • Nigel Williams, on Jazz FM


Best Specialist Music Show, supported by Big Star Business Management

  • Absolute Radio Stories, Absolute Radio
  • Bobby Friction, BBC Asian Network
  • Gilles Peterson, Somethin Else for BBC Radio 6 Music
  • Soundtracking with Edith Bowman, a podcast by Ebow Productions
  • The Ty Bentli Show, Country Hits Radio
  • This Classical Life, BBC Radio 3


Best Factual – Single Programme, supported by Times Radio

  • A Sense of Quietness, Falling Tree Productions for BBC Radio 4
  • Being Gerry Adams, Juniper for BBC Radio 4
  • Kane Walker: Life and Death On The Streets, BBC WM
  • Little Volcanoes, White Stiletto Productions for BBC Radio 4
  • The Gig That Changed The World, Absolute Radio
  • The Listening Room, Prison Radio Association


Best Factual – Series, supported by The Audio Content Fund

  • Absolute Radio Stories, Absolute Radio
  • Blood Territory, 7 Digital for Audible
  • Breakdown, BBC Radio Ulster for Radio 4
  • Ladder to Nowhere, Whistledown Productions for BBC Radio 4
  • Surrogacy: A Family Frontier, BBC Radio 5 live
  • The Bellingcat Podcast: MH17, by Novel


Best Independent Podcast, supported by Audible

  • Conflicted, Message Heard
  • Folk on Foot, Matthew Bannister
  • My Dad Wrote A Porno, Medium Maze
  • Passenger List, Goldhawk Productions / Radiotopia
  • The Bellingcat Podcast: MH17, by Novel
  • The Secret Life of Prisons, Prison Radio Association


Best Fictional Storytelling, supported by AudioUK

  • Alien III, Audible
  • A View From A Hill, Bafflegab Productions for Audible
  • First Do No Harm, BBC Radio 4
  • Forest 404, BBC Radio 4
  • Macbeth, Almost Tangible
  • ReincarNathan, Talkback for BBC Radio 4


Best Station Sound, supported by Raft Music

  • Kiss FM
  • Project Baxter on 6 Music, BBC Popular Music Station Sound
  • Radio 1 Station Sound, BBC Popular Music Station Sound
  • Radio 2 Station Sound, BBC Popular Music Station Sound
  • Scala Radio Launch Package
  • The Absolute Radio Network


Best Commercial Promotion

  • Absolute Radio Queen
  • Samaritans, talkSPORT
  • The Dave Berry Breakfast Show with Wickes, Absolute Radio
  • The Hometime Fish And Chip Tour 2019 with Maldon Salt, Absolute Radio
  • Unfold Japan: Asahi Super Dry Beer, Worldwide FM
  • Women of Steel, The Wave and Swansea Sound


Best Marketing Campaign

  • Absolute Radio 10, Absolute Radio
  • Boyzone Tour, Magic Radio
  • England’s Winter Tours of Sri Lanka and the West Indies, talkSPORT
  • New Voices, BBC Local Radio
  • Our biggest ever Cake and a Cuppa, BBC Radio York
  • Radio 1 Breakfast #MakeThisGreg, BBC Radio 1


Best Community Programming, supported by Sharpstream

  • Chris Evans with Reverend Ruth Scott, Virgin
  • National Prison Radio, Prison Radio Association
  • Samaritans, talkSPORT
  • The Sista Collective, BBC Radio 5 live
  • The Stephen Nolan Show, BBC Radio Ulster
  • You, Me & The Big C, BBC Radio 5 live


Best Local Radio Show, supported by RCS

  • Allison Ferns, BBC Surrey & BBC Sussex
  • Boogie in the Morning, Forth 1
  • Justin Dealey, BBC Three Counties Radio
  • Pulse 1 Breakfast with Mylo & Rosie, Pulse 1
  • Stephen Nolan, BBC Radio Ulster
  • Trev and Rich JACK’s Morning Glory, JACK FM Oxfordshire


The John Myers Award for Local Station of the Year, supported by Aim

  • BBC Hereford & Worcester
  • BBC Radio Sheffield
  • BBC Radio Ulster
  • Metro Radio
  • Stray FM
  • Wycombe Sound 106.6fm


National Station or Network, supported by Arqiva

  • BBC Radio 1Xtra
  • BBC Radio 2
  • BBC Radio 2 Beatles
  • Planet Rock
  • The Absolute Radio Network
  • Union JACK Radio


Radio Times Moment of The Year

(To be decided by a public vote running on which opens on Tuesday 21st January)

  • Boris Johnson: “I paint buses”, talkRADIO
  • Chris Evans returns to Virgin, Virgin Radio
  • England Win the Cricket World Cup, BBC Test Match Special
  • Father Joe Gormley on Lyra McKee’s Death, BBC Radio Foyle
  • Live from the helicopter crash site, BBC Radio Leicester
  • Matthew Sweet interviews Naomi Wolf, BBC Radio 3
  • Mental Health Minute 2019 by Radiocentre and TBI Media, across UK Radio
  • Overdosing man calls Iain Lee, talkRADIO
  • Rory Stewart makes up a stat on Emma Barnett, BBC Radio 5 live
  • Zoe Ball takes over at breakfast, BBC Radio 2

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