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Sunday, 6th May 2001

Sony Radio Academy Award winners

The complete list of award winners has been published. The list is also available at the official Radio Academy Awards website.

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Chris Tarrant and Terry Wogan honoured at Sony Radio Academy Awards

Two of the highest accolades of the 2001 Sony Radio Academy Awards were this evening - Monday 30 April - awarded to Chris Tarrant and Terry Wogan in recognition of their contribution to UK radio.

Capital FM’s Chris Tarrant received the Academy’s Gold Award given for his career achievements, while BBC Radio 2’s Terry Wogan was presented with the 2000 Award for his outstanding success in raising the profile of UK radio over the past 12 months.

”Chris Tarrant is honoured with this year’s Gold Award for his 14 years as London’s most popular breakfast presenter, for his mastery of the on air competition, his unique relationship with his listeners and above all as the millionaire who still chooses to wake up early to present local breakfast radio”, said Tim Blackmore, Chairman of the Sony Radio Academy Awards Committee. “We honour Terry Wogan with the 2000 Award as the man who last year added half a million new listeners to BBC Radio 2, and for taking radio to a new dimension with audience interaction through his mastery of web broadcasting”.

Terry Wogan’s award was one of the many successes for BBC Radio 2, which was voted the UK Station of the Year. The judges were “impressed by the breadth, depth and supreme professionalism of this continually improving station”.

Further accolades for the station included the Music Broadcaster Award for Stuart Maconie and the Specialist Music Award for presenter Mark Lamarr’s ‘Beginner’s Guide to Reggae’. BBC Radio 2 also won Station Sound.

This year’s coveted Breakfast Music Award went to Daryl Denham in the Morning for Heart 100.7 FM in Birmingham, beating off competition from last year’s Gold winner Kiss FM’s Bam Bam Breakfast, BBC Radio 2’s Terry Wogan and Classic FM’s Henry Kelly.

Jon Gaunt, presenter for BBC Three Counties Radio had extraordinary success this year, picking up three Gold Awards for News Coverage, Breakfast News and Talk and News Broadcaster. "An unusual and exceptional broadcaster", the judges commented. "Irreverent, well-informed and clearly respected he has an excellent understanding of what live radio is at its best". The station also took the Interactive Award.

BBC Local Radio claimed a further two awards: BBC Radio Wales picked up the Speech Award for ‘Girl Talk’, and BBC Radio York took home the Community Award for ‘Floodwatch News’.

It is a good year for the Emap Network which took the Gold for the Music Programming Award for Smash Hits, produced by Emap Performance for Key 103 Manchester; the Entertainment Award for Bitz and Pieces, and the Competition Award for Hey Sexy on KISS 100.

Peter White, the BBC’s Disability Affairs Correspondent, was awarded Gold for Speech Broadcaster. During 2000 he could be heard presenting Pick of the Week, The Exchange phone-in, Call You & Yours, No Triumph No Tragedy, and in October spear-headed the BBCąs coverage of the Paralympic Games in Sydney.

BBC Radio 4 scooped an impressive four gongs: the Music Special Award for ‘Hymnus Paradisi’; the News Programme Award for ‘On Your Farm’; the Short Form Award for ‘Colloquies - Thomas Lynch’, and the Comedy Award for ‘Dead Ringers’.

Derek Cooper OBE, who conceived the idea of Radio 4’s flagship weekly culinary programme The Food Programme, was honoured by the Committee and the Radio Academy with a Special Award for his pioneering work as one of the first journalists to take the subject of food seriously.

Mark Radcliffe picked up the Music Programming Award (daily sequences) for his afternoon show on BBC Radio 1. His brilliant combination of wit and music makes this his third Gold win for the show.

BBC Radio 5 Live took the Event Award for the second year running. This year’s award was given for the station’s coverage of The Olympics. BBC Radio 5 Live also won the Sports Award for Wembley Live Obituary.

This year’s Feature Award went to BBC Radio 3 for ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’ while BBC World Service picked up the Drama Award for Alpha, beating off strong competition from both BBC Radio 3 and 4.

The Station of the Year - for stations with between 500-12 millions potential listeners - went to Clyde 1. "Still sparkling after all these years in the business, Clyde consistently hits the spots that many other local stations fail or don’t even bother to try to reach," said the judges.

Northern Ireland’s BBC Radio Foyle won The Station of the Year - with up to 500,000 potential listeners. It is the second year running that Radio Foyle has won this award. The judges said: "The Gold winner might be said to start with a broadcasting advantage in operating in an area offering such a vein of hard news. Such notional advantages impose added responsibility and strain. It was the station’s confidence in rising to these challenges while operating within the resources of a small station and sustaining a genuinely local service that mark it out as a narrow but deserved winner of this year’s Gold".

This year’s Awards introduced a new category - Digital Terrestrial Station of the Year which went to Oneword Radio. "No-one is doing anything like Oneword," said the judges. "Its splendid spread of fiction, drama, biography, discussion, interview and heritage comedy make the station a must listen to anyone who enjoys the spoken and written word".

The winners of the 19th Sony Radio Academy Awards, staged at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel in London were chosen by a panel of over 100 judges who listened to over 1500 hours of radio programming. This year’s panel included not only key figures from the radio industry, but also such luminaries as Keith Hellawell QPM, Kanya King MBE and founder of the MOBO Awards, Olympic Gold Medallist Matthew Pinsent and the record producer Arthur Baker.

THE EVENT AWARD - The Olympics producers: Claire McDonnell, Joanne Corrigan & Rupert Allman editors: Gordon Turnbull, Joanne Watson, Rob Hastie, Mark Sandell presenters: John Inverdale, Mark Pougatch, Ian Payne & Nicky Campbell BBC Sport for Five Live “Another gold standard performance by the masters of radio sports broadcasting. Alan Parry’s dramatic commentary on the victory of Britain’s rowers was a tour de force and one of the radio highlights of the year.”

- talkSPORT@ The Open Championship producers: Carolyn Smyth & Michael Wilson contributors: Sarah Sanderson, Bob Bubka & Rupert Bell presenters: Andy Gray, Richard Kaufman, Richard Boxall & Robert Lee Transworld International for talkSPORT “A fresh new approach to golf commentary which brought the game alive for a younger audience.”

- Dunkirk producer: Grant Coleman reporters: Tim Burke & Bill Jones engineers: Sophie Burghart & Adrian Hughes presenters: Jim Cathcart, Jon Cuthill & Julian Clegg BBC Radio Solent “An ambitious and beautifully executed outdoor broadcast which captured the final reunion of the Dunkirk veterans with dignity and panache.”

Nominated - Sportstime: England vs Germany producers: Darren King, John Curtis & Paddy Bunce director: Darren King writer & editor: Jonathan Pearce presenters: Jonathan Pearce, Tony Gale, Bill Leslie & Phil Parry Capital Gold Sportstime for the Capital Gold Network

Nominated - Test Match Special producer: Peter Baxter commentators: Tony Cozier, Jonathan Agnew, Mike Selvey, Henry Blofeld, Graham Gooch, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Graeme Fowler, Donna Symmonds, Sir Viv Richards, Bill Frindall, Eleanor Oldroyd BBC Sport for Radio 4


- The Jon Gaunt Breakfast Show producers: Lee Agnew & Lorraine Maguire editor: Lee Agnew managing editor: Mark Norman presenter: Jon Gaunt BBC Three Counties Radio “This was a genuinely memorable piece of radio by a BBC local radio station on a story of local and national significance. It was the BBC who broke the news that General Motors were closing the Vauxhall Car Plant in Luton. For the rest of that day and the following morning, Three Counties Radio were in at the making of news, reporting the reaction of local people and workers and talking to GM’s management. The listener was completely drawn into the sheer drama of the story as the team broadcast live from the plant. Jon Gaunt skilfully held the developing narrative together, throwing to reporters on mobile phones inside the factory, giving the listener a feeling of being right in the centre of the action. Good, old-fashioned journalism combined with great actuality.”

- Drive: Concorde Crash producer: Avril Carmichael editor: Michael MacFarlane presenters: Jane Garvey & Peter Allen BBC News for Five Live “From the first sketchy agency report that a concorde had crashed outside Paris shortly after the start of their programme, Jane Garvey and Peter Allen played a brilliant two hander on a major breaking story. The growing realisation that this was a huge airline disaster was covered in exemplary fashion and hit exactly the right tone. The strength of the presenters was matched by the ability of the production team who generated strong interviews with eyewitnesses and experts. Excellent live news radio from a great programme team.”

- Drive: The Overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic producer: Penny Jones editor: Michael MacFarlane presenters: Jane Garvey & Allan Robb BBC News for Five Live “The story of the overthrow of Milosevic broke at exactly the right time for the Drive team and they made the most of it, combining great live reporting from Belgrade with clear, confident analysis in the studio. Once again Jane Garvey showed her ability to run with a breaking news story, engaging the listener without going over the top. There were moments of high drama with John Simpson and some of the demonstrators on the streets of Belgrade describing the unfolding events, balanced with intelligent, thoughtful analysis from Brian Hanrahan in London.”

Nominated - Donald Dewar’s Death writers & producers: Scot FM News Team editors: Ramsay Jones & Glenn Campbell presenters: Scot FM News Team Scot FM

Nominated - Floodwatch News producers: Elly Florentini & Adam Tomlinson editor: Barrie Stephenson presenters: Colin Hazelden, William Jenkyns & David Dunning BBC Radio York


- On Your Farm producer: Hugh O'Donnell editor: Andrew Thorman presenter: Anna Hill BBC Factual & Learning Radio for Radio 4 “A wonderful sound picture of a remarkable family in terrible circumstances and a reporter who brought out the very best in them - gracious, unpatronising and human. The judges loved its use of actuality in its briskly unsentimental telling of a hard story of floods and recurrent rural disaster. Memorable reporting of an excellent story.”

- Shadow Trade producer: David Edmonds writer & presenter: Philip Fiske editor: Liz Mardall BBC News/Current Affairs for BBC World Service “A detailed and scientific approach to the world-wide business of drug dealing which took the listener from Peru to the borders of Pakistan. Excellently researched. The judges admired the quality of the programme’s research and reporting and the way it brought new depth to the story of the drugs trade. A great listen!”

- From Our Own Correspondent producer: Tony Grant editor: Maria Balinska presenter: Kate Adie BBC Radio 4 “The judges agreed that this was a vintage edition of a programme which seldom fails to impress Superb writing with the real power of personal observation from three of the BBC’s finest.”

Nominated - File On 4: Chechnya producer: David Lewis editor: David Ross presenter: Nick Hawton BBC News for Radio 4

Nominated - The Truth About The Olympics producer & editor: Ian Bent presenter: Andrew Jennings BBC Entertainment & Features for Five Live


- Floodwatch 2000 producers: Elly Florentini & Adam Tomlinson editor: Barrie Stephenson presenters: Colin Hazelden, William Jenkyns & David Dunning BBC Radio York “BBC Radio York’s response to last autumn’s flooding crisis was exceptional. In addition to accurate reporting it made a real contribution to helping the local population cope with the situation. The response of the staff in providing a high quality 24 hour speech service with limited resources was over and above what even our judges expected.”

- Flora London Marathon for HALC producer: Gareth Roberts presenters: Foxy & James Cannon Capital FM Production for 95.8 Capital FM “Capital FM’s coverage of the Flora London Marathon was energetic, positive and imaginative. It left listeners feeling involved and wanting to be more involved.”

- Santa’s Secret Helpers producer: Pete Craggs director: Mike Cass promotional team: Tracey-Lee Binns, Jane Donneky, Rachel Jones, Jo Williams & Nicola Carney presenters: Steve Furnell, Sam Ross, Nick Jordan & Darren Spence & Simon Ross Galaxy 105 - 106 “Santa’s Secret Helpers was a simple idea, which mobilised the community effectively and targeted its help where it was needed.”

Nominated - The Voice of Authority producer: Roger Angus directors & editors: Russ Litten & Roger Angus writer: Russ Litten presenters: Joel Ross & Sam Heywood 96.9 Viking FM

Nominated - The Search producers: Kathryn Morrison, James Stewart & Genevieve Tudor editor: Gloria Abramoff other credits: Nina Bell, Debbie Kilbride & Gabby Ballantine presenter: Chris Ashley BBC Social Action/English Regions/ Radio Shropshire for BBC Local Radio


- The Wembley Live Obituary Show producers: Audrey Adams & Victoria Murray editor: Gill Pulsford presenter: Jim White BBC Sport for Five Live “The show held the judges attention with some great clips from the archives and splendid interviews. A fitting end to a major public arena, getting the tone absolutely right while appealing to a wide audience.”

- Jonathan Agnew’s World of Cricket producer: Matt Davies editor: Gill Pulseford presenter: Jonathan Agnew BBC Sport for Five Live “Right on top of a breaking news story the presenter’s style is accessible, informative and authoritative. His enthusiasm for cricket is evident, but non-cricket devotees would be entertained and enlightened too.”

- Olympic Mind Games producer: Tom Alban editor: Richard Bannerman BBC Factual & Learning Radio for Radio 4 “With compelling human interest, this wonderful show rewarded the listener with a fascinating and personal insight into the mindset of top class performers.”

Nominated - Summer Sportsound producer: Padraig Coyle presenter: Liz Kennedy BBC Radio Ulster

Nominated - Peter White - Paralympics Coverage producer: Jo Sandford Smith presenter: Peter White BBC Five Live/ Sport/ Factual & Learning Radio for Radio 4


- Hey Sexy producer & director: Andy Roberts writer: Donna Soane presenters: Bam Bam & Streetboy KISS 100 “An innovative execution of a well tried format, excellent on air promotion and on air sound that made you believe Bam Bam and his team were really into this.”

- Stash The Cash producers & writers: Andy Turner, Graham Caplin, Andrew White & Liz Ackie director: Andy Turner presenters: all Capital Gold presenters Capital Gold Network “Creative use of the internet and radio that probably will have built audience share. Promos sounded big and the competition created tension.”

- The Millennium Bug producers: Alasdair Stirling & Andy Telling director & writer: Mark Sadler event manager: Sophie Fenning presenters: Rick Jackson & Ana Schofield Power FM “Excellent use of the prize, a car, and well sold on air with good use of callers.”

Nominated - Housemates From Hell producers: Martine Ainsworth-Wells, Priscilla Williams, Gill Woods & Jana Rangooni pr & promotions: Jo Millay, Philippa Edwards & Deborah Armorgie engineer: Dave Walters presenters: Jono and the Morning Crew & the entire Heart line-up Heart 106.2 FM

Nominated -The Big Bed In producer: Mark Johns director: Richard Maddock writers: Mark Johns & Richard Maddock project co-ordinator: Mike Sarath Radio City 96.7


- Dead Ringers producer: Bill Dare writers: Nev Fountain, Tom Jamieson, Simon Blackwell, Jon Holmes & Laurence Howarth cast: Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Mark Perry & Kevin Connelly BBC Radio Entertainment for Radio 4 “The team have clearly scored a huge hit with their target audience with a searingly accurate understanding of what makes the Radio 4 audience tick and what will make them laugh. It was inclusive too - plenty of material to tickle the ribs of those who are perhaps not so much ‘in the know’. Witty and observant writing, matched by some terrific performances almost outshone by the real stars - the victims of those wind-up calls. Should be available on prescription - worth bringing back the radio licence for.”

- The Sunday Format producer: Paul Schlesinger writers: Bill Dare, Nick Revell, Tony Roche, Mel Hudson, Vicki Pepperdine & Debbie Barham digital editor: Rex Brough series devised by: John Morton BBC Radio Entertainment for Radio 4 “A genuinely original idea, brilliantly executed. Who would have believed you could deliver the Sunday papers with such a thud through the radio? Wicked parodies of all that makes us snort with anger or sigh with frustration, delivered in an understated style with cool and slick production. Certainly one of the most intelligent and innovative formats we heard, with the widest range of satirical targets. At least one of the judges would deem it an honour to be asked to write for the show - the others wished they’d thought of the idea.”

- The LL Files producer: Ruth Prince writer: Myfanwy Alexander performers: Siriol Jenkins, Rhian Morgan, Richard Elfyn & Matthew Gravelle Presentable Productions for BBC Radio Wales “Anne Robinson should be made to listen to this show to find out what the Welsh ARE for! Great satirical and topical material performed with enthusiasm and considerable skill. Clearly hits its market (well below the belt) in the Principality and has found plenty of good material post devolution. Far funnier than many other shows with bigger budgets and teams of writers. All the more remarkable for coming almost entirely from the word processor of just one writer from her cottage in the wilds.”

Nominated - Sean Lock - 15 Storeys High producer: Chris Neill writer: Sean Lock performers: Sean Lock, Dan Mersh, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Paul Putner & Rob Rouse additional material: Robert Fraser-Steele script editor: Mark Jones BBC Radio Entertainment for Radio 4

Nominated - Radio Shuttleworth producer & director: Dawn Ellis writers: Graham Fellows with additional material by Martin Willis guests: Richard Whiteley, John Otway & Jo Enright BBC Radio Entertainment for Radio 4


- Alpha producer & director: Gordon House writer: Mike Walker editor: Richard Dunn BBC World Service Drama for BBC World Service “Impressive in its scope and originality in its execution and there was a quite stunning central performance by David Calder.”

-The Wire: Crush associate producer: Lucy Baldwyn director: Kate Rowland writer: Gill Adams performer: Lucy Beaumont BBC Radio Drama for Radio 3 “A fine and sensitive portrayal of teenage pregnancy. Heart-poundingly performed by Lucy Beaumont.”

- Man In Snow producer & director: Ned Chaillet writer: Israel Horovitz sound: Peter Ringrose, Anne Bunting & Lee Sparey performers: Israel Horovitz & Marcia Warren BBC Radio Drama for Radio 4 “A moving and evocative picture of a man’s journey towards death, with an outstanding supporting performance by Marcia Warren.”

Nominated - Dorothy, A Manager’s Wife producer & director: Enyd Williams writer: Peter Tinniswood editor: Caroline Raphael performers: Pauline Collins, Timothy West & David Thorpe BBC Radio Drama for Radio 4

Nominated - Listen To Your Parents producer & director: Pauline Harris writer: Benjamin Zephaniah performers: James Smith, Charlie Ryan, Flo Wilson & Burt Caesar music composer: Tayo Akimbode BBC Radio Drama for Radio 4


- Girl Talk producer: Charlotte Evans presenter: Heidi Williams BBC Radio Wales “A sparkling programme, original, entertaining and full of energy. Full marks to the producer for finding such varied and talented new contributors to a discussion on Girl Power and full marks again for the witty inclusion of vox-pops and programme jingles which brilliantly punctuated the programme. This was girl chat well worth overhearing!”

- Between Ourselves: Death Row producer: Sara Conkey presenter: Olivia O'Leary BBC Factual & Learning Radio for Radio 4 “There are some interviews that you cannot leave the car for and the account of the last moments of an American prisoner kept one of the judges glued to his seat. The simple format of interviewer and two guests in a studio belies the craft and skill of the team behind Between Ourselves. Olivia O’Leary is an accomplished interviewer and her producer, Sara Conkey, provides her with compelling material and beautifully timed directionfor an outstanding programme.”

- Woman’s Hour Special producer: Penelope Gibbs editor: Ruth Gardiner presenters: Martha Kearney & Jenni Murray BBC Factual & Learning Radio for Radio 4 “This Woman’s Hour Special on Child Poverty in Britian was a fine production. It was highly structured, well balanced, varied and nicely paced. The judges particularly commended Martha Kearney’s sensitive unpatronising interviews with the children and young people suffering poverty and her skilful handling of the studio discussions. It was an important programme, emotional and rational in the best traditions of Woman’s Hour.”

Nominated - John Mortimer’s Life, Love and The Law producer: Catherine Bailey director: Marilyn Imrie performers: John Mortimer, Richard Briers, Sinead Cusack & Joanna David Catherine Bailey Productions for BBC Radio 4

Nominated - Front Row producers: Front Row Team director: John Goudie studio producer: Mohit Bakaya presenters: Francine Stock & Mark Lawson BBC Factual & Learning Radio for Radio 4


- The Stephen Rhodes Consumer Programme producer: Jo Black researcher: Nicci Holliday broadcast assistant: Sandra Brian presenter: Stephen Rhodes BBC Three Counties Radio “From dodgy locksmiths to ill-fitting underpants, no subject is beneath this fast, informative, utterly compelling and incredibly local sequence. Displaying superb inventiveness on a tight budget, the result is genuinely interactive, campaigning radio that is neither dreary nor worthy, but delivered with a tremendous sense of fun.”

-Talking Point ON AIR producer: Daniel Mermelstein director: Samantha O'Brien editor: Nic Newman presenter: Robin Lustig BBC News Online for BBC World Service “Talking Point celebrates interactivity on a truly global scale, where the Internet is woven directly into the fabric of the programme and where an extremely able presenter/facilitator allows listeners around the world the space they need to contribute, question and interrogate. Stylish and flawless.”

- The Sunday Surgery producer & writer: Claire Slevin executive producer: Jane Bolger broadcast assistant: Louise Kattenhorn presenters: Emma B & Dr Hamilton BBC Radio 1 “Pitched at just the right level, this helpful and non-voyeuristic weekly strand allows listeners to be heard without being judged, patronised, bullied or hurried off the air. It offers what is now a rarity in radio - an opportunity for genuine, positive empowerment.”

Nominated - Studio 68 producers: Tim Lovejoy & Andy Ashton assistant producers: Karl Pilkington & Ruth Barlow engineering & production: Ben Neidle & Corin Giles presenter: Tim Lovejoy Xfm

Nominated - Sarah Gorrell producer & presenter: Sarah Gorell BBC Radio Cornwall


- Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird producer: David Gallagher editor: Andrew Kurowski performers: poems read by Sean Barrett (title poem) Richenda Carey & David Thorpe BBC Radio 3 “The judges felt that this was a piece of outstanding aural art which dealt with a curious subject in a most engaging way. They were enhanced by the programme’s creative editing, its pace and variety of production techniques. The programme worked at a number of levels - pure soundscape, overlaid with literary, musical and human thematic connections.”

- Who Put The Cat In The Hat? producer: Mark Burman editor: Richard Bannerman readers: Max Burman, Greg Proops, Kerry Shale & Bob Sherman presenter: Michael Rosen BBC Factual & Learning Radio for Radio 4 “This programme was well paced, varied and thoroughly entertaining. There was a great use of audio textures and the book excerpts were brought to life brilliantly. It was informative and insightful; feature making of extremely high quality. Some of the judges even went out and bought the series!”

- Children Of The Rain producer & director: Kate Rowland writer: Lee Hall performers: Ben Tibber, Sita Patel, Samantha Valentine & Alex Whibley creators: Kate Rowland & Lee Hall BBC Radio Drama for Radio 4 “This was probably the most innovative of all entries, combining dramatic techniques with children’s vox pop, music and social commentary in a unique way. Whilst for some the format did not sustain for the full length of the programme, others appreciated the rhythmic feel and almost non-linear stylistic approach.”

Nominated - The Trouble With Sheep producer: Lucy Lunt BBC Factual & Learning Radio for Radio 4

Nominated - Fragments in Time producers: Chris Morris & Martin Kurzik sound engineer: Terry Lewis presenter: Chris Morris BBC Radio Wales for BBC Radio Wales & Radio 4


- Colloquies - Thomas Lynch producer: Kate McAll writer & presenter: Thomas Lynch BBC Factual & Learning Radio for Radio 4 “Beautifully observed, written and presented. This showed original thinking and was intimate, truthful, perceptive and tonally perfect. Great radio with a good powerful script which was real and heartfelt. Is he the new Garrison Keillor or Alistair Cook?”

- The Morning Crew Nativity producers & writers: Priscilla Williams & Nick Pitts presenter: David Prever Heart 106.2 “A very nice idea. Amusing, original and cute, with exceptionally high production values. A terrific idea that re-invents the nativity for a commercial breakfast show context. It shows good use of radio’s speed and immediacy and puts it all to good dramatic effect whilst involving many listeners. Nice to see Heart pushing the boundaries of what it would normally do. There are winners all down the line here, presenter, producer and engineers.”

- The Stephen Rhodes Consumer Programme producer: Jo Black editor: Mark Norman presenter: Stephen Rhodes BBC Three Counties Radio “Well researched with excellent presentation and production, this remarkable programme provides a real service to its local listeners.” “Gripping, well-sourced and well crafted. Directly relevant to its audience, made me want to listen to the end.”

Nominated - Sonnets Alive! producers: Jeremy Mortimer & Anne-Marie Maher-Williams writer: William Shakespeare editor: Brian Barfield BBC Radio Drama for Radio 3

Nominated - Staying Alive producer: Rod Whiting editor: Charlie Partridge presenter: Rod Whiting BBC Radio Lincolnshire

THE MUSIC PROGRAMMING AWARD • single programmes •

- Smash Hits producer: Mark Gabler director: Anthony Gay contributing presenters: Dave Dixon & Ingrid Hagemann presenter: Darren Proctor Emap Performance for Emap Big City Network “The judges awarded the Gold to this programme for its energy and exciting presentation. ‘It brings the stars closer’. Strong production values, pacey format and lots of major names all combine to make a highly entertaining listen - bringing a good representation of an established brand to the radio waves.”

- KISS Hit List producers: Phil Poole, Andy Roberts & Melissa Johnson director: Andy Roberts KISS 100 “This programme combined an innovative approach to the chart format with a wide and varied mix of music to provide an irresistible listen for both those staying in for the night and those preparing for a night’s clubbing, preferably at one of the radio stations promotional club events!”

- Capital Takeover producers: Justin Kings & Matthew Schofield Capital FM Production for 95.8 Capital FM “A very professional production with a celebrity in the DJ/presenter role. Jamie Oliver was amusing, entertaining and natural - good production encouraged his enthusiasm for music and the role to come through in every link. It provided a fascinating insight into Jamie’s social and musical interests.”

Nominated - Radio 1's Dance Anthems with Dave Pearce producer: Paul Thomas broadcast assistant: Daniel Bailey presenter: Dave Pearce BBC Radio 1

Nominated - Radio 1 Rap Show producer & director: Tim Westwood performer: DMX broadcast assistant: LJ Blendz presenter: Tim Westwood Justice for BBC Radio 1


- The Mark Radcliffe Show producer: Joe Graham writers: Patrick Gallagher, Mark Radcliffe & Marc Riley broadcast assistant: Michelle Choudhry presenters: Mark Radcliffe & Marc Riley BBC Radio 1 “This is the sort of exciting, innovative radio that hooks in the listener from the start and leaves them at the end, wanting more! Mark and Lard re-invent themselves weekly, keeping the whole thing fresh, without losing the familiarity. Long may they continue!”

- Johnnie Walker - Drivetime producer: Phil Hughes presenter: Johnnie Walker BBC Radio 2 “Johnny is a great one to one broadcaster who engages his audience and other programme participants in a banter that becomes infectious. The music is well selected and presented and the guests are always slightly quirky! Johnny is opinionated, intelligent and very amusing.”

- Ugly Phil producer: Melissa Johnson director: Andy Roberts presenter: Ugly Phil KISS 100 “The Ugly Phil Show is what great contemporary radio is all about - compelling presentation of brilliantly thought out ideas, all produced to fit in with the music-intensive nature of the station. What a find!”

Nominated - Music: Response producer: Andy Ashton assistant producer: Karl Pilkington presenter: Zane Lowe Xfm

Nominated - Suzie McGuire producer: Ross MacFadyen presenter: Suzie McGuire Radio Clyde for Clyde 1


- BBC Radio 2 producer & writer: Robert Gallacher “The Radio 2 entry was a definate Gold in the eyes of the judges for the way it proved its point. The station had set itself an extremely challenging objective - to appeal to both the older listener base and the new younger listener. The extracts in this entry make it clear that this task was achieved with wit, imagination and a good sensitivity for both the strengths of the presenters and the feelings of the listeners. And they make it sound so easy.”

- BBC Radio 1 producers: Dominic Ross, Dominic Nangle & Marc Farey directors: Dominic Ross, Dominic Nangle & Sandy Beech writers: Dominic Ross, Dominic Nangle, Sandy Beech & Roger Dexter BBC Radio 1/Vibe Music Imaging for Radio 1 “Radio 1 has proved their ability to keep their broad spectrum of programming, presenters and ‘BBC’ responsibilities exciting, imaginative and yet with a consistant message to their listeners. They continue to meet a tough challenge of being a public service music station.”

- Xfm producers & writers: Karl Pilkington & Ben Neidle director: Andrew Phillips voiceover: Johnny Magnanti “Xfm deliver a unique combination of station id and programe content which has built them a loyal audience. Different, darker, cleverer - everything they should be. Their clear understanding of their brand values and message made them stand out.”

Nominated - Classic FM producer & writer: Tim Lihoreau presenters: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie et al

Nominated - BBC Radio 4 producers & writers: Paul Blakeley & Corrie Corfield presenter: Eddie Mair


- Hymnus Paradisi producer & director: Cherry Cookson writer: Eric Pringle editor: Caroline Raphael performer: John Rowe BBC Radio Drama for Radio 4 “Dramatised diary entries, archive and new interviews, and powerfully emotive illustrative music were balanced beautifully to provide a rewarding glimpse of the creative process. This is one of those rare programmes that can move the listener to tears and make them go out and buy the record.”

- And The Winner Is producer: David Prosser researcher: Oliver File presenter: Steve Lamacq All Out Productions for BBC Radio 1 “Steve Lamacq draws insightful opinions and anecdotes from a wide range of interviewees and is an informative narrator, creating just the right tone of investigation and amusement.”

- Paul Simon Solo: Born At The Right Time producer: Kevin Howlett writer: Pete Frame & Kevin Howlett presenter: Bob Harris Howlett Media Productions for BBC Radio 2 “A polished documentary which not only adds fresh detail to the story of the making of an important album, but prompts the listener to get the record out and play it again.”

Nominated - RESPECT - Soul And The Civil Rights Movement producer: David Morley writer: Brian Ward editor: Chris O'Shaughnessy presenter: Edwin Starr unique the production company for BBC Radio 2

Nominated - The Pill That Changed Music producer & writer: Iqbal Nandra audio production: Ant Danbury researcher: Jane Chambers presenter: Judge Jules BBC Radio 1


- A Beginner's Guide To Reggae producer: Fiona Day presenter: Mark Lamarr BBC Radio 2 “A thoroughly accessible listen both for regular raggae fans and the casual listener. Mark Lamarr’s passion and knowledge made for an extremely entertaining show. His comments were informative but never patronising, and his enthusiasm infectious. And what great taste in tunes.”

- The Artful Dodger & Craig David producers: Stephen Mackay, Jon O'Neill, Alasdair Stirling & Ross Ford presenters: Mark Hill, Pete Devereux & Craig David 95.8 Capital FM/Power FM for the Capital Radio Network “This was innovative and exciting radio because it broke all the ‘rules’ of presentation to bring this music to its audience in a fitting style.”

- Paul Jones producer: Dave Shannon performers: Paddy Milner (boogie woogie pianist) broadcast assistant: Sue Welch other credits: Rory Gallagher (archive interview with Paul Jones) presenter: Paul Jones BBC Radio 2 “The quality of this show is consistently high. This bloke knows his stuff, he knows the stars and they all come out for him, as week in week out he brings that Radio 2 audience the best in Blues.”

Nominated - Across The Line producer & presenter: Paul McClean BBC Radio Ulster

Nominated - World Routes - Haiti Cherie producer: Roger Short presenter: Andy Kershaw BBC World Service and Radio 3


- Bitz and Pieces CD producers & presenters: Brett Harley & Colin Birch writers: Colin Birch, Ross Lee & Wayne Clark presenters: James Exley, Al Dupres, Jesse Smith, Ross Lee, Vicki Leckenburg & Wayne Clark Murf Media for selected EMAP & local UK stations “Bitz and Pieces was a breath of fresh air providing talented writers, good performances and above all - it was very funny! The sketches, drop-ins and parodies fit perfectly in today’s fast moving music radio formats.”

- Terry Garoghan's Last Bus To Whitehawk producers: Terry Garoghan, Dave Bush, Paul Hayes & Samantha Walker writer: Terry Garoghan presenters: Terry Garoghan, Paul Hayes & Charlotte Bowden Southern FM “Terry Garoghan is a highly talented presenter who has a strong rapport with his audience. He is relaxed, funny and refreshingly un-cheesy.”

- The Jonathan Ross Show producers: Fiona Day & Andy Davies broadcast assistant: Stella Badley presenter: Jonathan Ross BBC Radio 2 & Off The Kerb Productions for Radio 2 “Jonathan Ross is a seasoned broadcaster with effortless charm and one of the best storytellers in the business. The result is a show that’s easy to enjoy.”

Nominated - The Mark Radcliffe Show producer: Joe Graham writers: Patrick Gallagher, Mark Radcliffe & Marc Riley broadcast assistant: Michelle Choudhry presenters: Mark Radcliffe & Marc Riley BBC Radio 1

Nominated - Tony Snell producer: Jimmy McCraken presenter: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

2000 AWARD

“Terry Wogan was honoured with the 2000 Award as the man who last year added half a million new listeners to BBC Radio 2, and for taking radio to a new dimension with audience interaction through his mastery of web broadcasting.”


“Derek Cooper OBE, who conceived the idea of Radio 4’s flagship weekly culinary programme The Food Programme, was honoured by the Committee and the Radio Academy with a Special Award for his pioneering work as one of the first jounalists to take the subject of food seriously.”


- Jon Gaunt producers: Lee Agnew & Lorraine Maguire editor: Lee Agnew managing editor: Mark Norman BBC Three Counties Radio “Compelling and absolutely riveting - live radio at its best! A clear winner.”

- Peter Allen producer: Michael MacFarlane BBC News for Five Live “A broadcaster able to combine a warm radio personality and good tone with strong descriptive powers across a huge range of stories - from the US Presidential Elections to floods and golf.”

- Victoria Derbyshire editor: Ceri Thomas BBC News for Five Live “A broadcaster with a natural human touch on stories ranging from England football fans in Eindhoven to a woman recovering from cancer and a strong interview with Chancellor Gordon Brown.”

Nominated - Eddie Mair producer: Jeremy Skeet editor: Kevin Marsh BBC News for Radio 4

Nominated - Kevin Murphy writer: Kevin Murphy Independent Radio News


- Daryl Denham In The Morning producers, writers & editors: Daryl Denham & Trevor Jordan director: Alan Carruthers news: Andy Holmes travel: Hellon Wheels presenter: Daryl Denham 100.7 Heart FM “This entry provided a welcome blast of fresh air. Broadcast during the petrol crisis last September, the show offered a very funny and up to date take on the news. The song parodies were particularly well put together and Daryl’s wry links about the crisis were just right.

Daryl is a broadcaster who does not underestimate or patronise his audience and avoids relying on base, easy humour. He also showed a refreshing depth of understanding of the music played, particularly where the parody pieces were concerned.

An extremely rich and creative programme very worthy of gold award.”

- Wake Up To Wogan producer: Paul Walters presenter: Terry Wogan OBE BBC Radio 2 “A truly unique broadcaster and communicator who connects with his audience in an extremely effective way. His relaxed manner, word play and sense of fun dominate the programme. The running order usually includes plenty of welcome surprises and the power of Terry’s personality provides the perfect context for these musical adventures. This is clearly ‘seat of the pants’ broadcasting but when the pants are worn by Wogan, it works!”

- JK and Joel @ Breakfast producer: Darren Lethem writers: Jason King, Joel Ross & Darren Lethem newsreader: Kirsty Moore presenters: Jason King & Joel Ross 96.9 Viking FM “JK and Joel convincingly avoid the common ‘double header’ trap of over-complicated and confusing presentation. Their natural sense of the subjects relevant to their audience, and their innovative approach in delivering them, made this entry completely engaging, leaving the listener compelled to find out ‘what might happen next’. Displaying great style and personality, JK and Joel take their audience right to the edge...and occasionally over it!”

Nominated - Easier Breakfast producer: Philippa Abrahams presenter: Nick Bailey Classic FM

Nominated - Bam Bam Breakfast producer: Mark Darlington director: Andy Roberts presenters: Bam Bam & Streetboy KISS 100


- The Jon Gaunt Breakfast Show producers: Lee Agnew & Lorraine Maguire editor: Lee Agnew managing editor: Mark Norman presenter: Jon Gaunt BBC Three Counties Radio “The Judges were unanimous that this was the standout entry. A programme that took the listener to the heart of an unfolding news drama in BBC Three Counties Radio’s area - the closure of the Vauxhall car plant in Luton. This was a compulsive listen that used radio’s unique flexibility to cover an important story from all sides. Jon Gaunt is an unusual and exceptional broadcaster - irreverent, well informed and clearly respected. He has an excellent understanding of what live radio is at its best. The reporters managed to, literally, get to the front line of the action and took a commendable non-egocentric approach to their work. Compulsive listening and very strong journalism.”

-The Breakfast Programme producers: Janet Heaney, Robin Bulloch & Richard Jackson editor: Ceri Thomas presenters: Julian Worricker & Victoria Derbyshire BBC News for Five Live “Broadcast on the morning of the US Election fiasco, BBC Radio Five Live covered this breaking story with assurance and authority but with the programme’s trademark relaxed, humorous and confident style. Whilst concentrating on the election of a new world leader, the programme managed to seamlessly maintain coverage of the UK news agenda. The presenters and the production team manage to give a great sense of confidence without ever running the risk of sounding pompous and always with humour where appropriate.”

- The Morning Programme producers: BBC Radio Foyle News Team editor: Eimear O'Callaghan managing editor: Ana Leddy presenter: Paul McFadden BBC Radio Foyle “A brilliant example of a programme and a presenter in touch with it’s audience. Paul McFadden is a superb presenter who clearly has a passion about his work and the respect of the community and politicians alike. The programme managed to move effortlessly between regional issues of global importance and truly local stories.”

Nominated - Today Programme editors: Rod Liddle, John Cary & Roger Hermiston presenters: James Naughtie & John Humphrys BBC News for Radio 4

Nominated - Good Morning Ulster editor: Kathleen Carragher presenters: Seamus McKee & Wendy Austin BBC Radio Current Affairs for Radio Ulster


- Peter White producers: Cheryl Gabriel, Sue Mitchell, Mohini Patel & Peter Griffiths editor: Chris Burns BBC Factual & Learning Radio for Radio 4 “Peter White’s impressive range of broadcasting contains the essence of good radio - the listener hangs on his every word. He is challenging and gets to the heart of the issues he explores. He’s authoritative without being worthy or pompous and establishes a strong rapport with his interviewees. Because he really wants to hear what people have to say, they open up for him and, unlike many other speech broadcasters, although his approach is serious when it needs to be, he also sounds as if he’s really having a lot of fun.”

- Lesley Riddoch producer: Sharon Mair editor: Jeff Zycinski BBC Radio Scotland “Lesley Riddoch is a friendly and warm broadcaster. Her involvement with people is easy and interested but she’s no-one’s fool. Her relaxed style disguises the fact that she is always in control. She’s good at challenging her interviewees, managing to be firm but not aggressive. Lesley clearly loves what she does and that pleasure comes through in all her work.”

- Malcolm Boyden producer: Fiona Dye editor: Keith Beech BBC Radio WM and BBC Coventry & Warwickshire “Malcolm Boyden is a surprising and deceptive broadcaster. He sounds old - he’s not. He masks his considerable knowledge and authority in order not to intimidate his listeners. He is much cleverer than he appears to be. He teases his callers but does so very gently so that they’re not made to look foolish. He is also very funny indeed.”

Nominated - Alan Robson producer & director: Alan Robson editor: Alan Robson Metro Radio

Nominated - John Peel (Home Truths) producers: Fiona Hill, Paula McGinley, Harry Parker & Jacqueline Smith executive producer: Peter Griffiths editor: Chris Burns BBC Factual & Learning Radio for Radio 4


- Stuart Maconie producers: Bob McDowall & David Barber (Radio 2), & Ian Callaghan (Smooth Operations) writer: Stuart Maconie editors: David Barber (Radio 2) & John Leonard (Smooth Operations) BBC Radio 2 & Smooth Operations for Radio 2 “An original and amusing broadcaster as well as someone who can place music in its context.”

- Verity Sharp producers: Felix Carey, Lindsay Kemp, Anthony Pitts, Neil Varley, Joanne Whitworth, Philip Tagney & Peter Thresh executive producer: Adam Gatehouse editor: Andrew Kurowski broadcast assistant: Sam Hickling BBC Radio 3 “The Jo Wiley of Radio 3!”

- The Dreem Teem producer: Willber Willberforce broadcast assistant: Andy Worrell presenters: DJ Spoony, Mikee B & Timmi Magic BBC Radio 1 “They live the life of the music and make the listener part of it.”

Nominated - Tim Westwood - Radio 1 Rap Show producer & director: Tim Westwood performer: DMX broadcast assistant: LJ Blendz Justice for BBC Radio 1

Nominated - Henry Kelly producer: Rob Weinberg Classic FM

STATION OF THE YEAR • digital terrestrial •

- ONEWORD Radio “No-one is doing anything like OneWord. Its splendid spread of fiction, drama, biography, discussion, interview and heritage comedy make the station a must listen to anyone who enjoys the spoken and written word.”

Nominated - Planet Rock Nominated - PrimeTime Radio

STATION OF THE YEAR • with an audience up to 500,000 •

- BBC Radio Foyle “The Gold winner might be said to start with a broadcasting advantage in operating in an area offering such a rich vein of hard news. Such notional advantages impose added responsibility and strain. It was the station’s confidence in rising to these challenges while operating within the resources of a small station and sustaining a genuinely local service that mark it out as a narrow but deserved winner of this year’s Gold.”

Nominated- Spire FM

Nominated- BBC Radio Gloucestershire

STATION OF THE YEAR • with an audience of between 500,00 to 12 million •

- Clyde 1 “Still sparkling after all these years in the business, Clyde consistently hits the spots that many other local stations fail or don’t even bother to try to reach. Led by George Bowie on breakfast, Clyde’s first rate presentation team has a real and vibrant relationship with the audience, talking to them rather than at them or to themselves in the studio. Altogether a very confident station with a broad range of news, music and features reflecting all aspects of life in Glasgow, Clyde tackles the difficult as well as the day to day with ease and confidence but never takes itself too seriously.”

Nominated- BBC Three Counties Radio Nominated - Radio City 96.7

STATION OF THE YEAR • with a UK audience •

- BBC Radio 2 “The judges were impressed by the breadth, depth and supreme professionalism of this continually improving station. Over the last twelve months its development has continued apace and its online presence in particular, has come to play a significant part alongside the station’s audio appeal.”

Nominated - talkSPORT Nominated- BBC Radio 3


“Chris Tarrant received this year’s Gold Award for lifetime career achievements. Tarrant was honoured for his 14 years as London’s most popular breakfast presenter, for his mastery of the on-air competition, his unique relationship with his listeners and above all as the millionaire who still chooses to wake up early to present local breakfast radio.”

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