This year’s Sony Radio Academy Award nominations have been announced in a special lunchtime webcast presented by Capital FM’s Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon.
The BBC leads the field – but only just – with 53% of the nominations, signalling a decent representation from commercial radio.
Of the 165 nominations, 88 are for the BBC, 69 for commercial radio, 3 for Prison Radio (community/satellite), 1 is for BFBS and 4 are for other organisations (The Guardian twice, British Comedy Guide and Mind who are all nominated in the Best Internet Programme category).
The station with the most nominations is BBC Radio 4, which together with sister station 4 Extra has been shortlisted 24 times. Radio 2 and 6 Music together have 19 nominations, while 5 live has 11. BBC’s Nations and Regions stations are shortlisted 11 times and together Radio 1 and 1Xtra have 10 nominations.
In the commercial sector, the biggest two groups Global and Bauer have 13 nominations each in the main awards (Bauer has a 14th, however, in the Rising Star Award nomination). Absolute are next with 10 shortlisted entries, then UTV and GMG with 9 each. There are also 3 nominations each for UKRD and Oxis Media (Jack FM & Glide FM in Oxfordshire), while Orion Media have 2 nominations. Prison Radio Association also has three shortlisted entries, and there are single award nominations for Jack FM Hertfordshire, BFBS, Garrison FM, Jazz FM, French Radio London and Fun Kids.
(Source : Radio Today, UK)