Radio Industry Awards come to Leeds

The Radio Academy has launched a brand new cross-industry awards – the Audio & Radio Industry Awards (ARIAS) – and announces Leeds as the host city.
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The Radio Academy has launched a brand new cross-industry awards – the Audio & Radio Industry Awards (ARIAS) – and announces Leeds as the host city.

The prestigious awards, in association with Leeds Beckett University and LeedsBID, are the industry’s flagship awards, celebrating the best of audio, innovation and excellence across all radio platforms and digital audio services.

Hosted at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Wednesday October 19th, the evening will be a star-studded event with show-stopping performances from headline acts.

The Radio Academy Managing Director, Roger Cutsforth, said: “The question of ‘the awards’ has been a constant one to me from members and commentators alike, and I am delighted that we can now confirm this brand new event to showcase and celebrate the very best across the whole of the UK’s vibrant radio and audio sector.”

“Our partnership with Leeds Beckett University and LeedsBID is a perfect fit with The Radio Academy’s aim of inspiring the next generation of talent.  The awards give the radio industry the opportunity to showcase the breadth and range of opportunities on offer in this exciting industry, ensuring we attract the brightest talent in future to work in radio.”

Deborah Green, Director of Marketing at Leeds Beckett University said: “This partnership gives our students an opportunity to gain valuable experience, offering them unprecedented access to work alongside industry professionals at the highest level.”

Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive, LeedsBID, said the announcement was headline news for the city.“Following on from Leeds hosting the MOBOs in November 2015, this is another high profile industry event coming to the city for the first time. LeedsBID has been working collaboratively with key business organisations to attract this prestigious ceremony to the city of Leeds.”

The ARIAS comprises of 16 awards including Best Podcast; Best Digital and Audio Service; as well as more traditional awards such as Best Local Station; Best National Station; Best Sports Show and Best Network Music Breakfast Show.

Joint Chair of the ARIAS will be Bob Shennan, Controller of BBC Radio 2 alongside Phil Riley, former Chair & CEO of Orion Media.

The Awards open for entries on July 4th, close on August 15th with nominations announced on September 19th. 

www.radioacademy.org