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We have over 20 categories each year and these may change as we reflect the developments in the sector and/or demand for individual categories surge or decline. The range of categories aim to reflect diverse genres, talent and output from all Radio, be that Commercial, Public Service, Community or Student, from Independent Production Companies, from Podcasters and Audio Book Publishers etc.

We also have two special categories that are voted on by Members. The shortlists for these are selected by the Trustees of the Academy each year, to recognise outstanding contributions by individuals, and teams over the preceding 12 months.

For ARIAS entries enquiries please contact lucyduffield@radioacademy.org

Best New Presenter

Best New Presenter (paired with Best New Show)

This award celebrates an individual presenter who represents an important new voice in radio/audio.

The judges will be looking for an outstanding new talent who dazzles with an unmatched combination of charisma, passion for the medium, determination to exploit its possibilities to their utmost potential, love for their audience and enthusiasm for the particular kind of show they present.

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Whilst entrants may have made occasional appearances over recent years, their overall experience and radio exposure should not have been significant prior to this entry, and true breakthrough must have occurred during the qualifying period. Details of this should be clearly set out in the supporting statement. Entries can be from any platform.>

    The entry must include:

    • 15-minute audio compilation
    • Track list guide to your submitted audio
    • 500 word supporting statement about the presenter, programme and target audience

      The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

    • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
    • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best New Show

Best New Show (paired with Best New Presenter)

This award is for the very best new show or Podcast. Entries may be completely new shows or a complete refresh of an existing show.

The judges will be looking for a level of innovation and fresh thinking either creating a brand new programme or revolutionising an existing format. The winner will be a show/podcast whose undisputed brilliance has caused a buzz throughout the year, making others wish they had thought of it first!

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This award is for the best brand new show/podcast that launched during the qualifying period. This entry can be any new show on any audio platform. The entry must have been part of a series or regular programming with at least 6 individual episodes. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation
  • Track-list guide to your submitted audio
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme, target audience and the process of innovation that led to its creation

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best News Coverage

Best News Coverage (paired with Best Speech Presenter at Breakfast and Non-Breakfast)

This award recognises outstanding journalism. Submissions can include coverage of breaking news stories, ongoing coverage of news events, extended news bulletins, original journalism, either of an individual story or as a portfolio of work over the period, or a deeper investigation into a news story. Standalone news programmes and news sequences within programmes are also eligible.

Judges will be looking for entries that make sense of the news. Entries that deliver the very best journalism, told robustly, with authority and creativity. Entries can be from any platform.

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The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation
  • Track-list guide to the audio
  • 500 word supporting statement

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Speech Presenter at Breakfast

Best Speech Presenter at Breakfast (paired with Best News Coverage) 

This award honours exceptional talent at the helm of speech-based weekday or weekend breakfast shows. Qualifying shows will need to demonstrate an output that is typically at least 50% speech-based.

Whilst the award focuses on the presenter(s), the judges will be looking at every aspect of production and presentation to find a show that constantly creates unforgettable audio/radio moments, stopping listeners in their tracks and leaving them talking about the show (in person and online) for the rest of the day. Content should be unexpected, stimulating, surprising, informative and magnetically engaging, and may even be provocative or emotionally charged on occasion. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • A 15-minute audio compilation of show highlights from date (specified below)
  • A track-list guide to your submitted audio
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For weekday programmes: 15-minute telescoped (ads and trailers excised) highlights from a single show on either date 1 ; date 2 or date 3 (see introductory notes for guidance) NOTE –dates will not be published until AFTER transmission, notified at the end of June..

 

For weekend programmes: 15-minute telescoped (ads and trailers excised) highlights from a single show on either date 1 ; date 2 or date 3 (see introductory notes for guidance) NOTE –dates will not be published until AFTER transmission, notified at the end of June.

500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience.

Entrants must clearly state the typical percentage of speech-based content in the full-length programme from which the 15-minute audio extract has been taken

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Speech Presenter - Non Breakfast

Best Speech Presenter - Non Breakfast (paired with Best News Coverage)

This award celebrates presenter(s) who predominantly host speech-based non-breakfast shows (including broadcast radio as well as streamed and podcast audio). Qualifying shows will need to demonstrate an output that is typically at least 50% speech-based and is not broadcast between 06:00-10:00.

The judges will be looking for someone who has range and depth, who regularly creates gripping audio, who has a natural way with conversation that effortlessly draws the audience in, and which may include the ability to conduct interviews that reveal something new through questions that others would never think to ask. Entries can be from any platform.

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The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation
  • Track-list guide to the audio
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience.

(Entrants must clearly state the percentage of speech-based content in the full-length programme from which the 15-minute audio compilation has been taken)

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Sports Show

Best Sports Show (paired with Best Coverage of an Event) 

This award is for a regularly scheduled show or one-off programme or Podcast that really knows how to draw listeners in to the sporting world. This may be through the power of commentary, analysis, conversation, interactivity or covering sport in its broadest context.

The judges will be looking for creativity, highly skilled, knowledgeable presenter(s) and a programme that captivates, entertains and delivers for their audience.

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Any special one-off sporting event coverage should be entered in Best Coverage of an Event, category 7. A regular scheduled show or podcast means at least 6 individual episodes. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation of show highlights
  • Track-list guide to your submitted audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Coverage of an Event

Best Coverage of an Event (paired with Best Sports Show)

This category is for the creative and clever coverage of a pre-planned and organised event. Typical examples might include a music concert, a state occasion or a sporting event. Coverage of news events and their immediate aftermath is specifically excluded from this category – although coverage of planned events in response to a news story will be allowed.

Judges will be looking at the way in which entrants have used audio techniques to convey the sense of occasion, bringing the event to their listeners. Entries can be from any platform.

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The entry must include:

  • A 15-minute audio compilation of highlights
  • A track-list guide to your audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about event and its impact
  • Links to or screenshots of social media or other online content in support of the event

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Music Presenter at Breakfast

Best Music Presenter at Breakfast (paired with Funniest Show)

This award recognises outstanding hosts of music-based weekday or weekend breakfast shows. Qualifying shows will need to demonstrate an editorial output that is at least 40% music.

Although the award focuses on the host(s), the judges will be looking at every aspect of production and presentation to find a show that’s ‘the complete package’. This will include infectious enthusiasm from the host(s) and innovative features and interaction. Entries can be from any platform.

    The entry must include:

    • 15-minute audio extracts/highlights from a single show (as specified below)
    • Track-list guide to your submitted audio
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For weekday programmes: 15-minute telescoped (music faded and ads excised)highlights from a single show on either date 1 ; date 2 or date 3 (see introductory notes for guidance) NOTE –dates will not be published until AFTER transmission, notified at the end of June..

 

For weekend programmes: 15-minute telescoped (music faded and ads excised)highlights from a single show on either date 1 ; date 2 or date 3 (see introductory notes for guidance) NOTE –dates will not be published until AFTER transmission, notified at the end of June.

A 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience, clearly stating the percentage of music-based content in the full-length programme from which the 15-minute extract has been taken .

    The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

    • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
    • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Funniest show

Funniest show (paired with Best Music Presenter at Breakfast) 

This award is for regular shows or one-off programmes, including comedy, quiz or other entertainment programming, on any platform, that makes listeners smile or laugh out loud.

Judges will be looking at both the individual elements of shows and the way in which those parts combine to form the whole to amuse and entertain.

Regular shows are defined as having at least 6 individual episodes. Entries can be from any platform.

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The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation of show highlights
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Music Presenter (non breakfast)

Best Music Presenter (non breakfast) (paired with Best Specialist Music Show)

This award is for music presenter(s) who work predominantly outside breakfast slots, and recognises this year\'s most outstanding DJ/music presenter of a music radio series or one-off programme.

The judges will be looking for someone whose passion for music shines out as they intersperse the tracks they play with moments of pure entertainment, demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of their subject. Entries can be from any platform.

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The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation (music should be telescoped to retain just intros and outros)
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience
  • Track-list guide to the audio

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Specialist Music Show

Best Specialist Music Show (paired with Best Music Presenter)

This award will celebrate a show that lives, breathes, eats and sleeps the music to which it is devoted.

The judges will be looking at every aspect of the production and presentation to find evidence of an incredibly in-depth knowledge of the genre and a never-ending quest to bring that music to the audience in new ways on any platform. Entries can be from any platform.

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The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation (music should be telescoped to retain just intros and outros)
  • Track-list guide to the audio
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Factual Storytelling /Documentary

Best Factual Storytelling /Documentary (paired with Best Podcast)

This award will honour a documentary, on any platform, which takes factual storytelling to a new level.

The judges will be looking for a combination of utterly compelling audio, remarkable access to untold stories (or untold aspects of familiar events) and beautifully-crafted narrative structure which transports the listeners into the heart of story, giving them the sense that they’re living through the action as it unfolds, moving from one location to the next as eye-witnesses to events. The winning programme will have the ability to capture anyone, on any platform, keeping them gripped to the very last second by the need to know how the story ends. Entries can be from any platform.

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The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio extract
  • Track-list guide to the audio
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Podcast

Best Podcast (paired with Best Factual Storytelling/Documentary)

This award celebrates single audio shows or series created primarily by independent podcasters (or non-broadcasters) for online distribution. Please note this category should not be used to enter broadcast radio content, which is then made available in podcast form. In addition, any podcasts produced or commissioned by a terrestrial licence holder, whether or not they are intended for later broadcast, are also not eligible for this particular category (although they are eligible elsewhere).

Judges will be looking for podcasts that take full advantage of the medium, that are so fresh, funny, informative, entertaining or outrageous that they always leave listeners impatient for the next episode? Important factors will include creativity in both the theme/concept for the series, as well as for the features, content and production within each show, and the way in which the podcast engages its target audience.

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The entry must include:

  • 15 minute audio highlights compilation
  • Track-list guide to your audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about the podcast
  • Link to the show’s website or other online home

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Fictional Storytelling

Best Fictional Storytelling

This award pays tribute to the audio drama, podcast or audiobook that best transported its audience to the heart of the action, immersing listeners in an unforgettable experience that lingers long in the memory.

TThe judges will be looking for the perfect combination of stunning performances, expertly edited scripts and flawless sound design that draws listeners into the story being told. Entries can be from any platform.

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The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio extract
  • 250 word plot synopsis of the whole drama
  • 500 word supporting statement about the production

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Station Sound

Best Station Sound (paired with Best Commercial Promotion) 

This category is designed to recognise creative excellence in either a single execution or a campaign of editorial and promos/trailers that promote the station itself, a charity event, a community project or a promotion on behalf of a third party client.

Judges will consider how well the audio communicates the station image, or a campaign\'s objectives, rewarding promotions that demonstrate outstanding creativity, innovation and impact on the audience. Entries can be from any platform.

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The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio highlights compilation
  • Track-list guide to your audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about the promotion and its impact

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Commercial Promotion

Best Commercial Promotion (paired with Best Station Sound)

TThis category recognises excellence in paid-for promotional, sponsored or brand-funded programming or creative partnerships. Entries should be from a single campaign/partnership and can include both audio and activity that stretches beyond the broadcast, for example social media.

Judges will be looking to reward entries that include compelling content and successfully address the needs or interests of the brand/partnership as well as the expectations of the audience. Entries can be from any platform.

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Judges will consider how well the audio communicates the campaign\'s objectives, rewarding promotions that demonstrate outstanding creativity, innovation and impact on the audience. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio highlights compilation
  • Track-list guide to your audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about the branded content/partnership and its impact

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Marketing Campaign

Best Marketing Campaign

This award recognises a creative marketing campaign that has excelled. The campaign might promote a programme, a podcast, a radio station, a network that has developed from a collection of individual stations with a more consistent output, a national radio station or a brand.

The judges will want to see the reflection of that campaign on-air and will want to reward the station or network that has a clear resonance between its programming, marketing and positioning. Entries can be from any platform.

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The entry must include:

  • A full package of any off-air marketing creative and collateral (online links to TV ads, live events, posters, print media, social media etc)
  • 15-minute audio highlights compilation
  • Track-list guide to your audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement campaign and its impact

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Community Programming

Best Community Programming (paired with both Best Local Radio Show and Local Station of the Year)

This category is for any community-driven output, social action initiative, campaign, programme or series that engages their audience in a positive, community-focused way.

The judges will be seeking to reward compelling and powerful programming that has made an impact in, for example, fundraising, heightening public awareness and understanding of an issue, and/or inspiring change within a community. Entries can be from any platform.

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The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio extract
  • 500 word supporting statement

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Local Radio Show

Best Local Radio Show (paired with Best Community Programming and Local Station of the Year)

This award is for a show hosted on a BBC, Commercial or Community licensed station serving under 500,000 listeners in a specific geographical area, and whose appeal is firmly rooted in its relevance to the community it serves, and the audience it attracts.

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The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation with highlights from a specific programme.
  • Track-list guide to your submitted audio.
  • 500 word supporting statement about the Station or show, its ethos and target audience.

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Local Station of the Year

Local Station of the Year (paired with Best Community Programming and Best Local Radio Show) 

This category is for a local station that has captured the hearts and minds of its listeners and delivers day in, day out.

The judges will be looking for clear evidence of a station that knows the local community, serving and representing the tastes, needs and interests of all in fresh and exciting ways, and engaging listeners in every aspect of output both online and offline. While the audio will be the primary determining factor, judges will also take into account consistency of programming and clarity of the station’s purpose and feel.

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The entry must include:

  • 15 minute audio compilation of highlights from across the output
  • Track-list guide
  • Supporting statement about the station and target audience
  • 1,500 word supporting statement about the station and target audience. In the format of a PDF of up to 6 pages of A4, including both written and visual content

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

National Station or Network of the year

National Station or Network of the year

This category celebrates the very best in UK radio and will go to the national station or network which has towered above its rivals over the last year.

Judges will be looking for entries that display excellence across their entire broadcast schedule and clearly demonstrate a strong sense of unified station identity that resonates with, and shows deep understanding of, the station’s target audience with brilliant audio, inspiring production, and a genuine ability to connect with their listeners. Judges will also take into account consistency of programming and clarity of the station’s purpose and feel.

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The entry must include:

  • 15 minute audio compilation of highlights from across the output
  • Track-list guide to your submitted audio compilation
  • Supporting statement about the station and target audience
  • 1,500 word supporting statement about the station and target audience. In the format of a PDF of up to 6 pages of A4, including both written and visual content

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Radio Academy Award Team of the Year - voted for by members
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Radio Academy Award Person of the Year - voted for by members
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ARIAS 2018 - IMPORTANT NOTES FOR ALL ENTRANTS

The specified length of audio and video submissions and the word count for supporting statements are the maximum allowed. In order to ease the burden on judges, and to focus the minds of entrants, the new standard maximum length for audio entries this year is 15 minutes. However, telescoping (music fade out and ad excision) is now allowed so the 15 minutes is pure editorial. Where entries are expected to be single shows on dates specified by the Academy (breakfast categories for example), a telescoped, highlights compilation from the specified show can be submitted.

For breakfast show categories (4,8) there are three dates specified below. Date 1 should be used if the regular team were presenting on that date. If not, and only if not, date 2 can be used. Finally, and only in extremis if the regular team were not present on either date 1 or 2, date 3 can be used. Please provide written confirmation for any use of dates 2 or 3 in preference to date 1. No other dates are allowable for these categories, in order that meaningful and fair comparisons of competing breakfast shows can be made.

For station categories (20, 21) a national station is one that broadcasts either via AM/FM or DAB to a substantial proportion of the UK (over 60%). A network is a collection of local stations that share a common listener brand, a substantial proportion of their output (over 60% in a typical week), and which collectively via AM/FM & DAB (or via a national DAB sustaining service) cover over 60% of the UK. These stations are not eligible to enter category 20 (local station of the year). Local stations which are affiliated to a brand, but which are under separate ownership to the brand itself and its network infrastructure, are not eligible to enter the National/Network station award (21), but are instead eligible to enter award 20 (local station of the year). 

Shorter clips and fewer words are acceptable; exceeding the limits may invalidate your entry. Where the criteria refer to regular programming, there need to be at least 6 episodes to qualify.

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Entries are welcome from across the radio and audio sector in all categories (including podcasts), except for certain restrictions in categories 13, 19, 20 and 21 that are highlighted in the respective rubrics. 

In order to give as many entrants as possible a chance to do well, and also to again reduce the burden on judges, two new rules are in place for 2018:

1 - Certain categories have now been “paired”. These are clearly referenced in the rubrics, and are usually two or three categories next to each other within the category listings. This means the same audio content (or substantially the same audio content)cannotbe entered for these paired awards. Different content (or different editions of the same programme or series) can however be entered.

2 – In addition to the pairing restrictions, no single piece of audio (or substantially similar piece of audio) can be entered for more than two awards in total, and any similar entries from an individual station/show or series gaining short-list status in more than two categories will be checked for compliance.

The qualifying period from which entered material (audio, video & online content) may be drawn is:

1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018.

Date 1 for Breakfast shows (categories 4;8) is Thursday 14th June

Date 2 for Breakfast shows (categories 4;8) is Thursday 31st May

Date 3 for Breakfast shows (categories 4;8) is Thursday 24th May



Best New Presenter

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Best New Show

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Best News Coverage

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Best Speech Presenter at Breakfast

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Best New Presenter (paired with Best New Show)

This award celebrates an individual presenter who represents an important new voice in radio/audio.

The judges will be looking for an outstanding new talent who dazzles with an unmatched combination of charisma, passion for the medium, determination to exploit its possibilities to their utmost potential, love for their audience and enthusiasm for the particular kind of show they present.

Whilst entrants may have made occasional appearances over recent years, their overall experience and radio exposure should not have been significant prior to this entry, and true breakthrough must have occurred during the qualifying period. Details of this should be clearly set out in the supporting statement. Entries can be from any platform.>

    The entry must include:

    • 15-minute audio compilation
    • Track list guide to your submitted audio
    • 500 word supporting statement about the presenter, programme and target audience

      The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

    • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
    • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best New Show (paired with Best New Presenter)

This award is for the very best new show or Podcast. Entries may be completely new shows or a complete refresh of an existing show.

The judges will be looking for a level of innovation and fresh thinking either creating a brand new programme or revolutionising an existing format. The winner will be a show/podcast whose undisputed brilliance has caused a buzz throughout the year, making others wish they had thought of it first!

This award is for the best brand new show/podcast that launched during the qualifying period. This entry can be any new show on any audio platform. The entry must have been part of a series or regular programming with at least 6 individual episodes. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation
  • Track-list guide to your submitted audio
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme, target audience and the process of innovation that led to its creation

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best News Coverage (paired with Best Speech Presenter at Breakfast and Non-Breakfast)

This award recognises outstanding journalism. Submissions can include coverage of breaking news stories, ongoing coverage of news events, extended news bulletins, original journalism, either of an individual story or as a portfolio of work over the period, or a deeper investigation into a news story. Standalone news programmes and news sequences within programmes are also eligible.

Judges will be looking for entries that make sense of the news. Entries that deliver the very best journalism, told robustly, with authority and creativity. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation
  • Track-list guide to the audio
  • 500 word supporting statement

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Speech Presenter at Breakfast (paired with Best News Coverage) 

This award honours exceptional talent at the helm of speech-based weekday or weekend breakfast shows. Qualifying shows will need to demonstrate an output that is typically at least 50% speech-based.

Whilst the award focuses on the presenter(s), the judges will be looking at every aspect of production and presentation to find a show that constantly creates unforgettable audio/radio moments, stopping listeners in their tracks and leaving them talking about the show (in person and online) for the rest of the day. Content should be unexpected, stimulating, surprising, informative and magnetically engaging, and may even be provocative or emotionally charged on occasion. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • A 15-minute audio compilation of show highlights from date (specified below)
  • A track-list guide to your submitted audio

For weekday programmes: 15-minute telescoped (ads and trailers excised) highlights from a single show on either date 1 ; date 2 or date 3 (see introductory notes for guidance) NOTE –dates will not be published until AFTER transmission, notified at the end of June..

 

For weekend programmes: 15-minute telescoped (ads and trailers excised) highlights from a single show on either date 1 ; date 2 or date 3 (see introductory notes for guidance) NOTE –dates will not be published until AFTER transmission, notified at the end of June.

500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience.

Entrants must clearly state the typical percentage of speech-based content in the full-length programme from which the 15-minute audio extract has been taken

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published


Best Speech Presenter - Non Breakfast

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Best Sports Show

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Best Coverage of an Event

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Best Music Presenter at Breakfast

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Best Speech Presenter - Non Breakfast (paired with Best News Coverage)

This award celebrates presenter(s) who predominantly host speech-based non-breakfast shows (including broadcast radio as well as streamed and podcast audio). Qualifying shows will need to demonstrate an output that is typically at least 50% speech-based and is not broadcast between 06:00-10:00.

The judges will be looking for someone who has range and depth, who regularly creates gripping audio, who has a natural way with conversation that effortlessly draws the audience in, and which may include the ability to conduct interviews that reveal something new through questions that others would never think to ask. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation
  • Track-list guide to the audio
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience.

(Entrants must clearly state the percentage of speech-based content in the full-length programme from which the 15-minute audio compilation has been taken)

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Sports Show (paired with Best Coverage of an Event) 

This award is for a regularly scheduled show or one-off programme or Podcast that really knows how to draw listeners in to the sporting world. This may be through the power of commentary, analysis, conversation, interactivity or covering sport in its broadest context.

The judges will be looking for creativity, highly skilled, knowledgeable presenter(s) and a programme that captivates, entertains and delivers for their audience.

Any special one-off sporting event coverage should be entered in Best Coverage of an Event, category 7. A regular scheduled show or podcast means at least 6 individual episodes. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation of show highlights
  • Track-list guide to your submitted audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Coverage of an Event (paired with Best Sports Show)

This category is for the creative and clever coverage of a pre-planned and organised event. Typical examples might include a music concert, a state occasion or a sporting event. Coverage of news events and their immediate aftermath is specifically excluded from this category – although coverage of planned events in response to a news story will be allowed.

Judges will be looking at the way in which entrants have used audio techniques to convey the sense of occasion, bringing the event to their listeners. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • A 15-minute audio compilation of highlights
  • A track-list guide to your audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about event and its impact
  • Links to or screenshots of social media or other online content in support of the event

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Music Presenter at Breakfast (paired with Funniest Show)

This award recognises outstanding hosts of music-based weekday or weekend breakfast shows. Qualifying shows will need to demonstrate an editorial output that is at least 40% music.

Although the award focuses on the host(s), the judges will be looking at every aspect of production and presentation to find a show that’s ‘the complete package’. This will include infectious enthusiasm from the host(s) and innovative features and interaction. Entries can be from any platform.

    The entry must include:

    • 15-minute audio extracts/highlights from a single show (as specified below)
    • Track-list guide to your submitted audio

For weekday programmes: 15-minute telescoped (music faded and ads excised)highlights from a single show on either date 1 ; date 2 or date 3 (see introductory notes for guidance) NOTE –dates will not be published until AFTER transmission, notified at the end of June..

 

For weekend programmes: 15-minute telescoped (music faded and ads excised)highlights from a single show on either date 1 ; date 2 or date 3 (see introductory notes for guidance) NOTE –dates will not be published until AFTER transmission, notified at the end of June.

A 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience, clearly stating the percentage of music-based content in the full-length programme from which the 15-minute extract has been taken .

    The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

    • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
    • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published


Funniest show

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Best Music Presenter (non breakfast)

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Best Specialist Music Show

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Best Factual Storytelling /Documentary

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Funniest show (paired with Best Music Presenter at Breakfast) 

This award is for regular shows or one-off programmes, including comedy, quiz or other entertainment programming, on any platform, that makes listeners smile or laugh out loud.

Judges will be looking at both the individual elements of shows and the way in which those parts combine to form the whole to amuse and entertain.

Regular shows are defined as having at least 6 individual episodes. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation of show highlights
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Music Presenter (non breakfast) (paired with Best Specialist Music Show)

This award is for music presenter(s) who work predominantly outside breakfast slots, and recognises this year's most outstanding DJ/music presenter of a music radio series or one-off programme.

The judges will be looking for someone whose passion for music shines out as they intersperse the tracks they play with moments of pure entertainment, demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of their subject. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation (music should be telescoped to retain just intros and outros)
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience
  • Track-list guide to the audio

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Specialist Music Show (paired with Best Music Presenter)

This award will celebrate a show that lives, breathes, eats and sleeps the music to which it is devoted.

The judges will be looking at every aspect of the production and presentation to find evidence of an incredibly in-depth knowledge of the genre and a never-ending quest to bring that music to the audience in new ways on any platform. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation (music should be telescoped to retain just intros and outros)
  • Track-list guide to the audio
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Factual Storytelling /Documentary (paired with Best Podcast)

This award will honour a documentary, on any platform, which takes factual storytelling to a new level.

The judges will be looking for a combination of utterly compelling audio, remarkable access to untold stories (or untold aspects of familiar events) and beautifully-crafted narrative structure which transports the listeners into the heart of story, giving them the sense that they’re living through the action as it unfolds, moving from one location to the next as eye-witnesses to events. The winning programme will have the ability to capture anyone, on any platform, keeping them gripped to the very last second by the need to know how the story ends. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio extract
  • Track-list guide to the audio
  • 500 word supporting statement about the programme and target audience

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published


Best Podcast

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Best Fictional Storytelling

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Best Station Sound

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Best Commercial Promotion

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Best Podcast (paired with Best Factual Storytelling/Documentary)

This award celebrates single audio shows or series created primarily by independent podcasters (or non-broadcasters) for online distribution. Please note this category should not be used to enter broadcast radio content, which is then made available in podcast form. In addition, any podcasts produced or commissioned by a terrestrial licence holder, whether or not they are intended for later broadcast, are also not eligible for this particular category (although they are eligible elsewhere).

Judges will be looking for podcasts that take full advantage of the medium, that are so fresh, funny, informative, entertaining or outrageous that they always leave listeners impatient for the next episode? Important factors will include creativity in both the theme/concept for the series, as well as for the features, content and production within each show, and the way in which the podcast engages its target audience.

The entry must include:

  • 15 minute audio highlights compilation
  • Track-list guide to your audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about the podcast
  • Link to the show’s website or other online home

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Fictional Storytelling

This award pays tribute to the audio drama, podcast or audiobook that best transported its audience to the heart of the action, immersing listeners in an unforgettable experience that lingers long in the memory.

TThe judges will be looking for the perfect combination of stunning performances, expertly edited scripts and flawless sound design that draws listeners into the story being told. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio extract
  • 250 word plot synopsis of the whole drama
  • 500 word supporting statement about the production

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Station Sound (paired with Best Commercial Promotion) 

This category is designed to recognise creative excellence in either a single execution or a campaign of editorial and promos/trailers that promote the station itself, a charity event, a community project or a promotion on behalf of a third party client.

Judges will consider how well the audio communicates the station image, or a campaign's objectives, rewarding promotions that demonstrate outstanding creativity, innovation and impact on the audience. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio highlights compilation
  • Track-list guide to your audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about the promotion and its impact

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Commercial Promotion (paired with Best Station Sound)

TThis category recognises excellence in paid-for promotional, sponsored or brand-funded programming or creative partnerships. Entries should be from a single campaign/partnership and can include both audio and activity that stretches beyond the broadcast, for example social media.

Judges will be looking to reward entries that include compelling content and successfully address the needs or interests of the brand/partnership as well as the expectations of the audience. Entries can be from any platform.

Judges will consider how well the audio communicates the campaign's objectives, rewarding promotions that demonstrate outstanding creativity, innovation and impact on the audience. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio highlights compilation
  • Track-list guide to your audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement about the branded content/partnership and its impact

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published


Best Marketing Campaign

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Best Community Programming

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Best Local Radio Show

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Local Station of the Year

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Best Marketing Campaign

This award recognises a creative marketing campaign that has excelled. The campaign might promote a programme, a podcast, a radio station, a network that has developed from a collection of individual stations with a more consistent output, a national radio station or a brand.

The judges will want to see the reflection of that campaign on-air and will want to reward the station or network that has a clear resonance between its programming, marketing and positioning. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • A full package of any off-air marketing creative and collateral (online links to TV ads, live events, posters, print media, social media etc)
  • 15-minute audio highlights compilation
  • Track-list guide to your audio compilation
  • 500 word supporting statement campaign and its impact

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Community Programming (paired with both Best Local Radio Show and Local Station of the Year)

This category is for any community-driven output, social action initiative, campaign, programme or series that engages their audience in a positive, community-focused way.

The judges will be seeking to reward compelling and powerful programming that has made an impact in, for example, fundraising, heightening public awareness and understanding of an issue, and/or inspiring change within a community. Entries can be from any platform.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio extract
  • 500 word supporting statement

The entry may also provide background on the show in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Best Local Radio Show (paired with Best Community Programming and Local Station of the Year)

This award is for a show hosted on a BBC, Commercial or Community licensed station serving under 500,000 listeners in a specific geographical area, and whose appeal is firmly rooted in its relevance to the community it serves, and the audience it attracts.

The entry must include:

  • 15-minute audio compilation with highlights from a specific programme.
  • Track-list guide to your submitted audio.
  • 500 word supporting statement about the Station or show, its ethos and target audience.

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

Local Station of the Year (paired with Best Community Programming and Best Local Radio Show) 

This category is for a local station that has captured the hearts and minds of its listeners and delivers day in, day out.

The judges will be looking for clear evidence of a station that knows the local community, serving and representing the tastes, needs and interests of all in fresh and exciting ways, and engaging listeners in every aspect of output both online and offline. While the audio will be the primary determining factor, judges will also take into account consistency of programming and clarity of the station’s purpose and feel.

The entry must include:

  • 15 minute audio compilation of highlights from across the output
  • Track-list guide
  • Supporting statement about the station and target audience
  • 1,500 word supporting statement about the station and target audience. In the format of a PDF of up to 6 pages of A4, including both written and visual content

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published


National Station or Network of the year

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Radio Academy Award Team of the Year - voted for by members



Radio Academy Award Person of the Year - voted for by members



ARIAS 2018 - IMPORTANT NOTES FOR ALL ENTRANTS

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National Station or Network of the year

This category celebrates the very best in UK radio and will go to the national station or network which has towered above its rivals over the last year.

Judges will be looking for entries that display excellence across their entire broadcast schedule and clearly demonstrate a strong sense of unified station identity that resonates with, and shows deep understanding of, the station’s target audience with brilliant audio, inspiring production, and a genuine ability to connect with their listeners. Judges will also take into account consistency of programming and clarity of the station’s purpose and feel.

The entry must include:

  • 15 minute audio compilation of highlights from across the output
  • Track-list guide to your submitted audio compilation
  • Supporting statement about the station and target audience
  • 1,500 word supporting statement about the station and target audience. In the format of a PDF of up to 6 pages of A4, including both written and visual content

The entry may also provide background on the entry in the form of:

  • Up to 5 links to social media or other relevant online content
  • Up to 3 links to audience facing video content that has been published

The specified length of audio and video submissions and the word count for supporting statements are the maximum allowed. In order to ease the burden on judges, and to focus the minds of entrants, the new standard maximum length for audio entries this year is 15 minutes. However, telescoping (music fade out and ad excision) is now allowed so the 15 minutes is pure editorial. Where entries are expected to be single shows on dates specified by the Academy (breakfast categories for example), a telescoped, highlights compilation from the specified show can be submitted.

For breakfast show categories (4,8) there are three dates specified below. Date 1 should be used if the regular team were presenting on that date. If not, and only if not, date 2 can be used. Finally, and only in extremis if the regular team were not present on either date 1 or 2, date 3 can be used. Please provide written confirmation for any use of dates 2 or 3 in preference to date 1. No other dates are allowable for these categories, in order that meaningful and fair comparisons of competing breakfast shows can be made.

For station categories (20, 21) a national station is one that broadcasts either via AM/FM or DAB to a substantial proportion of the UK (over 60%). A network is a collection of local stations that share a common listener brand, a substantial proportion of their output (over 60% in a typical week), and which collectively via AM/FM & DAB (or via a national DAB sustaining service) cover over 60% of the UK. These stations are not eligible to enter category 20 (local station of the year). Local stations which are affiliated to a brand, but which are under separate ownership to the brand itself and its network infrastructure, are not eligible to enter the National/Network station award (21), but are instead eligible to enter award 20 (local station of the year). 

Shorter clips and fewer words are acceptable; exceeding the limits may invalidate your entry. Where the criteria refer to regular programming, there need to be at least 6 episodes to qualify.

Entries are welcome from across the radio and audio sector in all categories (including podcasts), except for certain restrictions in categories 13, 19, 20 and 21 that are highlighted in the respective rubrics. 

In order to give as many entrants as possible a chance to do well, and also to again reduce the burden on judges, two new rules are in place for 2018:

1 - Certain categories have now been “paired”. These are clearly referenced in the rubrics, and are usually two or three categories next to each other within the category listings. This means the same audio content (or substantially the same audio content)cannotbe entered for these paired awards. Different content (or different editions of the same programme or series) can however be entered.

2 – In addition to the pairing restrictions, no single piece of audio (or substantially similar piece of audio) can be entered for more than two awards in total, and any similar entries from an individual station/show or series gaining short-list status in more than two categories will be checked for compliance.

The qualifying period from which entered material (audio, video & online content) may be drawn is:

1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018.

Date 1 for Breakfast shows (categories 4;8) is Thursday 14th June

Date 2 for Breakfast shows (categories 4;8) is Thursday 31st May

Date 3 for Breakfast shows (categories 4;8) is Thursday 24th May

 

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