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Posted by Sean Childerley on 20th June 2019



The annual search for the brightest talent from across the radio and audio industry comes to a close this weekend, at midnight on 23rd June. 

Each year the ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 celebrates the UK radio and audio industry’s most promising young professionals. Now in its eighth year, the national search identifies the most talented and exceptional future stars spanning all areas of the industry.

The ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 is open to anyone under 30 working in UK radio and audio, from producers, sales people, journalists, presenters, production assistants and PAs to technicians, commercial producers and support staff. 

Making the shortlist is an outstanding achievement and can act as a great career platform for the future. Judges this year include: Steve Parkinson (30U30 Chair), Group MD, National Brands, Bauer Media; Anthony Gay, ReelWorld; Ahmed Hussain, Prison Radio; Grace Hopper, BBC R1; Claire Clottey, Broadcast Journalist and Communications Consultant; Marsha Ramroop, BBC Radio Leicester; Priya Shah, BBC R2; Jo Bucci, The Wireless Group; Nicky Ness, BFBS; Matt Payton, Radiocentre; Chris North, North Media Talent and Rowan Collinson , Spotify Podcast Programmer. 

“The 30 Under 30 list was something I always admired from afar when I started to get into radio at university. It gave me something to aim for and when I got on the list myself in 2017 I could barely believe it. It’s been a great addition to my CV, given me the opportunity to meet a wide range of people and helped make me feel like I have a strong foot-hold in this industry.” - Matt Tasker BBC. 

Anthony Gay, Managing Director of ReelWorld commented: “We get a huge buzz from celebrating bright young radio and audio talent who are shaping the future of our industry, that’s why it’s an honour for ReelWorld to be supporting the 30 Under 30 initiative for a 6th year.

“UK radio has changed beyond recognition during those six years but the power of sound to engage audiences only grows stronger. It’s great to see radio talent leading the revolution as more and more people re-connect with audio. Those on 2019’s 30 under 30 list will be at the forefront of that revolution. 

“There’s a thrilling optimism around audio right now and it’s exciting for ReelWorld to play a part in crafting the sound of the UK’s biggest radio brands and supporting the future of our industry.” 

Entries for the ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 closes on June 23rd and the winners revealed in early autumn. 

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