ARIAS 2016: Categories

ARIAS: Categories

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL ENTRANTS:

The specified length of audio and video submissions and the word count for supporting statements is the maximum allowed. Shorter clips and fewer words are acceptable; exceeding the limits may invalidate your entry.

The qualifying period from which entered material (audio, video & online content) may be drawn is 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2016.

The Categories:

  • 1. Best News Coverage

This award recognises outstanding, creative journalism. Submissions can include breaking news stories, ongoing coverage of news events or original journalism. Standalone news programmes and news sequences within programmes are eligible.

Judges will be looking for coverage which connects with listeners, finding new and innovative ways to simplify complex subjects or addressing neglected topics and increasing the audiences understanding on traditional linear or digital platforms.

The entry must include:

- 30 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


  • 2. Speech Broadcaster of the Year

This award recognises the broadcaster who has made the biggest contribution to speech radio over the last twelve months, demonstrating authority and knowledge across a wide range of topics coupled with their ability to make every discussion accessible without losing the nuances.

Judges will be looking for a broadcaster who has range and depth, someone who regularly creates unmissable audio, who has a natural way with conversation, and the ability to conduct interviews that always sound fresh and reveal something new. Presenters of music-based shows should not be entered in this category.

The entry must include:

- 30 minute audio compilation

- 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


  • 3. Music Presenter of the Year

This award recognises this year's most outstanding DJ/music presenter of a music radio series or one-off programme.

The judges will be looking for the presenter whose passion for music shines out, who intersperses the tracks they play with moments of pure entertainment and who demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of their subject matter.

The entry must include:

- 30 minute audio compilation

- Track-list guide to your submitted 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


  • 4. National Music Breakfast Show

This award celebrates music-based national weekday or weekend breakfast shows. National radio here means any station, network or brand broadcast nationally via network radio or on DAB.

The judges will be looking for a show which offers ‘the complete package’: outstanding production values and a constant stream of innovative feature ideas, as well as sparkling and engaging presentation that creates instant rapport with the target audience through an in-depth knowledge of who they are and the music they love.

The entry must include:

- 30 minute audio compilation of show highlights, edits within individual highlights are not permitted

- A track-list guide to your submitted audio

- For weekday programmes: 30 minute continuous audio extract from a single show on either [May 13th 2016] or [June 14th 2016]

- For weekend programmes: 30 minute continuous audio extract from a single show on either [May 14th or 15th 2016] or [June 18th or 19th 2016]

- The single show extract needs to be 30 minutes before the music is shortened to leave only intros and outros but please do not make any other internal edits on speech inserts

- 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


  • 5. Best National Speech Breakfast Show

This award recognises an outstanding weekday or weekend breakfast show which is at least 70% speech-based. National radio here means any station, network or brand broadcast nationally via network radio or on DAB.

The judges will be looking at every aspect of production and presentation to find a show that constantly creates memorable radio moments that leave listeners talking for the rest of the day. Content should be fresh, stimulating, surprising, informative and magnetically engaging, and maybe even provocative or emotional on occasions.

The entry must include:

- 30 minute audio compilation of show highlights, edits within individual highlights are not permitted

- Track-list guide to your submitted audio

- For weekday programmes: 30 minute continuous audio extract from a single show on either [May 16th 2016] or [June 17th 2016]

- For weekend programmes: 30 minute continuos audio extract from a single show on either [May 21st or 22nd 2016] or [June 18th or 19th 2016]

- 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


  • 6. Best Local Breakfast Show

This award is for weekday or weekend breakfast shows which are aimed at a specific local or regional area.

Judges will be looking for programmes which perfectly complement the lives of their listeners, taking advantage of the unique opportunities which local broadcasting offers. Alongside the highest production values, and creative content, the winning show will demonstrate targeted content that is in tune with the audience they serve (speech or music based) giving the audience a voice in their local communities.

The entry must include:

- 30 minute audio compilation of show highlights, edits within individual highlights is not permitted

- Track-list guide to your submitted audio compilation

- For weekday programmes: 30 minute audio extract from a single show on either [May 16th 2016] or [June 17th 2016]

- For weekend programmes: 30 minute audio extract from a single show on either [May 21st or 22nd 2016] or [June 18th or 19th 2016]

- If it the show includes music, the single show extract needs to be 30 minutes before the music is shortened to leave only intros and outros but please do not make any other internal edits

- 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


  • 7. Best Entertainment Production

This award honours regular shows that form part of a station’s core entertainment scheduling of music, comedy, speech or other radio programming, and bring indisputable joy to their audience.

Judges will be looking at both the individual elements of shows and the way in which those parts combine to form the whole. Important factors will include demonstrating a wide range of creative ideas and fresh approaches to the entertainment genre, as well as a deep understanding of the listeners and their needs.

The entry must include:

- 30 minute audio compilation of show highlights, edits within selected highlights is not permitted

- 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


  • 8. Audio Moment

They can be hard to define but everyone knows when they’ve heard one. This award recognises those special moments, planned or spontaneous, when time seems to stop and the only thing to do is keep listening. It could be laugh-out-loud radio, pure emotion or something that shocks or surprises. It might be from a documentary, drama, launch, news story, interview, show segment, crafted feature or coverage of an event nothing is off-limits.

Judges will be looking for the ultimate audio moment which has real impact, an outstanding example of the incredible intimacy of radio/audio and its ability to transport listeners to the very heart of an event or experience.

The entry must include:

- Up to a 30 minute audio extract or extracts from a single programme

- 250 word supporting statement setting the context

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


  • 9. Best Audio Dramatisation

The award honours the audio drama or audiobook which best transported its audience to the heart of the action, immersing listeners in an unforgettable experience that lingers long in the memory.

The 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.

The entry must include:

- 30 minute audio extract (please note this is an unedited 30 minute extract - i.e how the listener heard it)

- 250 word plot synopsis of the whole drama

- 500 word supporting statement about the production

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


  • 10. Best Sports Show

This award is for regularly scheduled programmes that really know how to draw listeners into the action. This may be through the power of commentary, analysis or through conversation and interactivity.

The judges will be looking for creativity, highly-skilled, knowledgeable presenters and a programme that packs a real emotional punch, giving listeners the chance to feel the same adrenaline rush as if they were there themselves.

The entry must include:

- 30 minute audio compilation of show highlights, edits within individual highlights are not permitted

- 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 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


  • 11. Best National Station
This category celebrates the very best in UK radio and will go to the national station or network which has stood above its rivals over the last year. National radio here means any station broadcast nationally via network radio or on DAB.

Judges will be looking for entries that showcase excellence across the 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. Nominees will demonstrate a clear brand and sense of purpose across the entire station with evidence of brilliant audio, inspiring production, and a genuine ability to connect with their listeners.

The entry must include:

- 45 minute audio compilation of highlights from across the output, edits within individual highlights are not permitted

- Track-list guide to your submitted audio compilation

- Supporting statement about the station and target audience

- 1,500 words supporting statement. This should be a PDF of up to 6 pages of A4 and may include both written and visual content.

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


  • 12. Best Local Station

This award honours the local station that knows everyone, everywhere and everything in its target area, that sets the local agenda, and that often knows what’s happening before it happens. The winning station will demonstrate deep roots in its local community, creating content that is perfectly tailored to audience needs.

The judges will be looking for clear evidence of a station that knows every facet of the local community, serving and representing the tastes, needs and interests of all diverse communities and cultures, old and new, in fresh and exciting ways, and engaging listeners in every aspect of output both online and offline.

The entry must include:

- 45 minute audio compilation of highlights from across the output, edits within individual highlights are not permitted

- Track-list guide to your submitted audio compilation

- Supporting statement about the station and target audience

- 1,500 words supporting statement. This should be a PDF of up to 6 pages of A4 and may include both written and visual content.

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


  • 13. Best Digital Audio Service

This award recognises Internet radio stations, digital audio streaming or download service which does the most to make listening a pleasure. Entries for music or speech services are welcome but please note this category is for an entire service, not for individual pieces of digital content.

The judges will be looking for innovative services offering diverse content, accessed through a beautiful user interface making it an indispensable part of users’ lives.

The entry should include:

- Link to the service’s website and/or app, so the judges can experience it first hand

- 3 minute video, with audio commentary, demonstrating the service in use

(ADDITIONAL NOTE TO ENTRANTS: Added 10th August. Please don’t worry about sending very high quality video files - a low-res video file would be fine for judging purpose. We suggest a Quicktime MOV or MP4, using the h264 codec or similar, encoded at around 4kbps. For a three minute video, these settings would result in a file size of about 100MB)

- 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


  • 14. Podcast of the Year

This award celebrates single audio shows or series created for primary distribution online. This category is open to shows which were later broadcast if their first and primary means of distribution was online but it is not aimed at broadcast radio content which is later made available in podcast form.

Judges will be looking for podcasts which take full advantage of the medium and which 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:

- 30 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 include:

- Links to or screenshots of social media or other online content in support of the podcast

- Download and/or streaming statistics to demonstrate impact


  • 15. Best Digital Innovation

This award honours the audio industry's most significant audience-facing digital innovation of the year. The winner could be a website, app, or some other digital innovation that defies traditional labels. The project must relate to audio content such as a radio programme, podcast, or other audio service and must be audience-facing rather than a ‘behind the scenes’ innovation.

The judges will be looking for an idea which enhances the audio experience, adding value and meaning to audio material, encouraging deeper engagement, or driving audiences to audio content. Excellent design and user experience is a given and proof of significant audience impact is vital.

The entry must include:

- Link to the service’s website and/or app, so the judges can experience it first hand

- 3 minute video, with audio commentary, demonstrating the service in use

(ADDITIONAL NOTE TO ENTRANTS: Added 10th August. Please don’t worry about sending very high quality video files - a low-res video file would be fine for judging purpose. We suggest a Quicktime MOV or MP4, using the h264 codec or similar, encoded at around 4kbps. For a three minute video, these settings would result in a file size of about 100MB)

- 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


  • 16. The Radio Academy Award

This award is in the gift of the Radio Academy. It honours the outstanding radio/audio person (or team) whose name is synonymous with excellence.

The winner will be someone who has made a major, long-term contribution to the audio/radio sector, a name who sets the agenda and shapes the debate. They will have or be in the process of; creating a lasting legacy that will stretch long into the future.

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