Commercial Radio Awards

For over 20 years the Commercial Radio Awards have celebrated excellence in commercial radio to recognise the best and brightest in the industry. In 2017, there will not be any standalone awards, but the ARIA Awards will continue to celebrate success across UK radio.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners and those who continue to make UK commercial radio great.

Presenter of the Year

  • Presenter of the Year (under 2 Million TSA)

    Trevor Marshall and Caroline Verdon

    106 JACK fm Oxfordshire

    Dave Connor and Vanessa Motion

    Kingdom FM

    Jordan North

    Rock FM

    Presenter of the Year (over 2 Million TSA)

    Iain Dale


    Christian O’Connell

    Absolute Radio

    Boogie & Dingo

    Bauer City Network

Programmer of the Year

  • Programmer of the Year

    Paul Sylvester

    Absolute Radio

    James Rea


    Gavin Harris

    107 JACK fm Berkshire

Unsung Hero of the Year

  • Unsung Hero of the Year

    Robin Duff

    The Bay

    Zach Watson

    Heart Network

    Giles Gear

    106 JACK fm Oxfordshire & JACK 2

Journalist of the Year (Ali Booker Memorial Award)

  • Journalist of the Year (Ali Booker Memorial Award)

    Ella Griffith

    Global's Newsroom Yorkshire

    Shiona McCallum

    Forth One

    Laura Penningto

    Hallam FM

Station of the Year

  • Station of the Year (under 500,000 TSA)

    Radio Borders

    103.1 Central FM


    Station of the Year (500,000 to 2M TSA)

    Clyde 1

    Hallam FM

    Metro Radio

    Station of the Year (2 Million + TSA)

    Absolute Radio

    Classic FM


Breakfast Show of the Year

  • Breakfast Show of the Year (under 2 Million TSA)

    Capital Breakfast With Matt, Polly And Geraint

    Capital South Wales

    Heart Breakfast With Tom, Nicola And Jack

    Heart Sussex

    JD & Roisin

    Free Radio

    Breakfast Show of the Year (over 2 Million TSA)

    The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show

    Absolute Radio

    KISS Breakfast with Rickie, Melvin & Charlie


    Capital Breakfast with Bodg, Matt & Scarlett

    Capital North East

Feature(s) of the Year

  • Feature(s) of the Year

    Heart’s 100 Happy Days

    Heart Network

    Classroom SOS

    Heart Sussex

    Not Just a Number


Single Programme or Broadcast of the Year

  • Single Programme or Broadcast of the Year

    Torture on the Kwai: The Diary of Raymond Savage

    101 Touch FM

    7/7: London Remembers


    Justice For Karen Buckley

    Heart Scotland

Specialist Programme of the Year

  • Specialist Programme of the Year

    Lincs FM Farming Programme

    Lincs FM

    Rock N Roll Football

    Absolute Radio

    Charlotte Green's Culture Club

    Classic FM

Social Action Initiative

  • Social Action Initiative

Station Imaging Award

  • Station Imaging Award

    106 JACK fm Oxfordshire

    Absolute Radio - Real Music Matters

    Classic FM - The Home of Christmas Music

News Coverage of the Year

  • News Coverage of the Year

    Hallam FM

    Lincs FM

    The Bay

Marketing Award

  • Marketing Award

    Radio X Launch

    Radio X

    VOD Campaign 2015


    Absolute Radio & Q Magazine

Local Sales Team of the Year

  • Local Sales Team of the Year

    The Bay

    Radio Clyde

    Manx Radio

National Sales Award

  • National Sales Award

    Helping Lucozade 'Find their flow'

    GTN & Primesight

    Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones Story

    Absolute Radio

    Bauer Media & JUST EAT 

Innovation of the Year

  • Innovation of the Year

    My Capital XTRA app

    Capital XTRA

    Global's Dax, Vizeum and Panasonic

    Global Radio & Vizeum


    Fun Kids

Media Agency of the Year

  • Media Agency of the Year




Creative Campaign of the Year

  • Most Creative Campaign of the Year

    P & G Duracell Perfectionist

    Grey London

    AA Fuel Assist

    Adam & Eve DDB

    Specsavers Bat


Most Effective Agency Case Study of the Year

  • Most Effective Agency Case Study

    Gold: Lucozade Energy – “Find Your Flow”


    Yorkshire Gold Tea, Classic FM Live Partnership

    Goodstuff Communications

    Wickes and The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio


PPL Breakthrough UK Artist of the Year

  • PPL Breakthrough UK Artist of the Year

    Jess Glynne

PPL Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio

  • PPL Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio

    Ed Sheeran

The Lifetime Achievement Award

The Arqiva Gold Award

Industry Leader Award

Music Champion Award

Our Sponsors


Arqiva is the broadcast and telecommunications company leading the UK in transmission services for commercial radio stations. From national networks to small market radio stations on a tight budget, Arqiva has the experience, ingenuity and resources to provide cost effective solutions.


PRS for Music represents the rights of over 115,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. Many PRS for Music members have developed their careers in broadcasting and radio remains a thriving and important platform for music discovery.


PPL is the music licensing company which works on behalf of over 90,000 record companies and performers to license recorded music played in public and broadcast across the UK. The company also operates an international royalty collection service, helping members to get paid when their music is played across the globe

Ruark Audio

A family owned British company, Ruark Audio have been manufacturing world-class loudspeakers enjoyed by music and audio enthusiasts for over thirty years. Today they’ve applied those same principles to create an award winning range of quality compact audio systems with radio being at the heart of their design.


7digital is a B2B digital music and radio services company. The core of its business is the provision of robust and scalable technical infrastructure and extensive global music rights used to create music streaming and radio services for a diverse range of customers – including consumer brands, mobile carriers, broadcasters, automotive systems, record labels and retailers. 7digital also offers radio production and music curation services, editorial strategy and content management expertise.


GTN provides traffic and travel and Entertainment News Reports to the whole of the UK commercial radio industry (reaching 79% of all commercial radio station listener’s weekly). The provision of the traffic and travel bulletins is free to the radio stations. In exchange for these reports GTN UK receives advertising spots from the radio stations, running solus and adjacent to the content – creating a very powerful advertising opportunity for its national advertising clients.

Ipsos Mori

Ipsos Connect specialise in radio research. We run RAJAR, the UK’s most comprehensive radio audience survey; we have developed unique audio passive measurement solutions and we are experts in helping you understand and prove the impact of radio through campaign evaluation

Roberts Radio

With a heritage of over 80 years UK brand leader, Roberts Radio, has been the listener’s choice for generations, with a wide range of DAB, Analogue and Smart radios. This year Roberts launches its first premium audio offering in the form of R-Line, a range of wireless speakers, giving listeners access to a world of radio stations and their own music collection to enjoy in superb sound quality, all around the home.


VQ is a unique British DAB / Audio brand inspired by the fusion of Sound & Style. At VQ we believe that colour & design is an important part of who we are, so why should the technology we buy only be Black or Silver and lacking individuality of design? Join the VQ Revolution with our award winning Digital Radios & Audio Products designed to match your style, including personalisation and completely bespoke product.


RCS is the world’s largest broadcast software company. From GSelector, the world's most advanced multi-station scheduling system, to Zetta, the award-winning radio playout system, RCS has a complete suite of software products for today’s radio and TV industry.


ReelWorld have been transforming the sound of radio across the globe since 1994. We provide everything from jingles as hot as today’s music to custom created music tracks and fully produced radio imaging. Our products and services air every minute of every day on thousands of radio stations across six continents. Our aim is to help broadcasters #makegreatradio

NDL Group

Experts in delivering promotions globally. Working with media owners, blue-chip brands and their agencies, we take the headache out of running promotions. With fresh ideas, experiences & rewards, we understand incentives that connect big brands with their customers. Offering end-to- end campaign planning, bespoke promotional platforms and total winner management service, we can make you, and your customers, happy.

IRN Group

IRN has been Commercial Radio’s national and international news provider since 1973. From 2009 the IRN News Service has been produced by Sky News, providing a world class 24 hour news service to commercial radio newsrooms to make their bulletins up-to-the-minute and engaging for their listeners. IRN News content is now heard by a weekly audience of over 34 Million Commercial Radio listeners.

Sky News

Sky News is a world class TV and mobile news service with a spirit of innovation and a approach to news broadcasting. As the UK's first dedicated 24-hour news channel, Sky News has built a deserved reputation for being the first to break major news as well as offering insight and analysis on the latest stories. It is renowned for the speed of its coverage and flexibility of reporting news live across all its platforms - TV, radio, mobile, online, social, connected TV and iPad.