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Presenter of the Year

  • ... pair/team of presenters paid to present their own show on commercial radio at least once a week and who, in the opinion of the judges, are at the top of their game.

    Strong and growing audience figures, as evidenced by RAJAR, will be a critical factor. The judges will also be looking for qualities such as originality, personality, audience engagement, sureness of touch and, where appropriate, interaction, humour and subject matter expertise. The presenter’s impact on wider aspects of the station’s commercial success will be an important consideration and listener feedback may also be submitted for review.

Programmer of the Year

  • ... successfully led and developed the programming output of their station(s). Although the programmer may also be a presenter, it is not this aspect of their talent that will be judged in this category; instead judges will reward entrants’ ability to bring out the best in other presenters and to create a successful station sound and format.

    Increased audience, as evidenced by RAJAR, will be a critical factor and the judges will be looking for evidence that the entrant’s work has contributed to the commercial success of the station. Other factors such as creativity, originality, leadership qualities, and overall success in shaping and addressing the station’s programming objectives will also be considered.

    Individuals may put themselves forward for this award, although each entry must be approved and countersigned by the entrant’s station managing director.

Unsung Hero of the Year

  • ... station(s) but whose role would otherwise go unrecognised by these awards. This award acknowledges the myriad skills and experience that go into running a successful commercial radio station, and the importance of many ‘unsung’ heroes around the country.

    Judges will be looking for individuals whose contribution is over and above that formally required by their role. The winner must be committed, motivated and demonstrate a strong passion for commercial radio. The entry must demonstrate how the entrant has made a tangible contribution to the success of the station(s).

    Whilst entrants may work in any discipline, it is likely that outstanding presenters and journalists will be eligible to enter other categories. Entries may be accompanied by evidence of work undertaken by the entrant to support the written application.

    Individuals may put themselves forward for this award, although each entry must be approved and countersigned by the entrant’s station managing director.

Journalist of the Year (Ali Booker Memorial Award)

  • ... high standard of journalism and/or reporting across the judging period. Entries are welcome from journalists working in news as well as reporters covering sport, business, entertainment or other areas of factual specialism.

    Judges will be looking at stories covered, approaches used and how the content fits into the sound of the station and addresses its target audience. The winner is likely to be involved in both creating content and its on-air delivery.

    Please note, this award is not open to news teams whose work should instead be entered in the News Coverage category.

Industry Leadership Award

  • ... significant and visionary contributions to the advancement of the medium. The recognition may be made for a single contribution or a series of contributions. Judges will be looking to recognise various types of leadership, including:

    • Achieving outstanding business and commercial success
    • Transforming an enterprise from good to excellent
    • Implementing highly effective management techniques
    • Gaining recognition by customers and peers
    • Obtaining increased market share
    • Building a track record as a thought leader in the industry

    Please provide supporting material where appropriate.

Station of the Year

  • ... (under 500,000, between 500,000 and 2 Million & over 2 Million) and is open to stations that broadcast on AM, FM and/or DAB. Submissions should describe, in some detail, the success and achievements at the station over the judging period.

    Strong and growing audience, as evidenced by RAJAR, and improved profitability, will be key criteria. Consideration will also be given to revenue growth, strategic and programme developments, creativity and innovation across all areas of station operation, marketing activity, technical developments and any other awards won.

    Where appropriate, judges will also consider evidence of community engagement, how the station develops and supports its staff, and the role the station plays in the wider industry.

Breakfast Show of the Year

  • ... Breakfast Shows, which, in the opinion of the judges have had the most successful year as judged by the range of measures outlined below.

    Recognising the particular importance of the Breakfast Show to commercial radio, judges will evaluate the whole breakfast effort, not just the programming elements. Evidence of a strong RAJAR performance will be a critical factor and particular emphasis will also be given to the show’s ability to deliver revenue at breakfast time and to drive revenue across the rest of the day.

    The judges will also consider the show’s contribution to audience across the rest of the schedule, production values, use of branded content, news and information elements and the impact of the show on the station’s profile and personality.

    Where appropriate, the judges will take into account community interaction, and the extent to which the show is a whole team effort.

Feature(s) of the Year

  • ... regular self-contained feature or a piece of short content which was scheduled within a programme, or a piece of branded content. Entries may have been syndicated or unique to just one station. They may have been broadcast as a one off feature, part of a series, a regular feature or a stand-alone item.

    Popularity as evidenced by ratings and listener feedback will be taken into account, however the judges will also consider suitability to format, appeal to target audience, originality, presentation style, and production values. Judges will also, where appropriate, take revenue generation into account.

    Entries should reflect station activities or broadcasts that took place between 1st March 2015 and 31st Dec 2015.

Single Programme or Broadcast of the Year

  • ... include, but are not limited to documentaries, one-off interviews, concerts or outside broadcasts. Programmes may have been broadcast on a single station or syndicated across a group or network of stations.

    Popularity as evidenced by RAJAR and listener feedback will be taken into consideration as well as originality, presentation style (including the presenter’s ability to communicate their passion and knowledge), the suitability to format, appeal to target audience and production values. Judges will, where appropriate, take revenue generation into account.

    Note: Regular specialist programmes which are part of a station’s regular output are not eligible for this award and should instead be entered for ‘Specialist Programme of the Year’. Programming elements or short pieces of content should be entered for ‘Feature of the Year’.

Specialist Programme of the Year

  • ... station’s schedule It will appeal to a particular area of interest for the audience rather than being part of the station’s core format e.g. specialist music programming, discussion shows, etc. Entries may be syndicated or unique to just one station.

    Popularity as evidenced by RAJAR and listener feedback will be taken into consideration as well as originality, presentation style (including the presenters’ ability to communicate their passion and knowledge), the suitability to format, appeal to target audience and production values. Judges will, where appropriate, take revenue generation into account.

    One-off features/programmes, or limited-run series are not eligible for this award and should instead be entered for ‘Single Programme/Broadcast of the Year’.

Social Action Initiative

  • ... outstanding contribution to social action on commercial radio Entries may comprise an individual show, a programming strand, a one-off campaign, a project linked to the station (such as an Action Desk) or the work of an individual. Examples of initiatives that may be entered include (but are not limited to) those that raise funds or improve awareness of an issue.

    Judges will consider the motivation and strategy behind the initiative, its execution, appeal to target audience and subsequent impact. Both on and off air elements of the initiative (as appropriate) will be judged.

Station Imaging Award

  • ... The award will be made to the station(s) that in the opinion of the judges, has most successfully created and utilised a distinctive audio identity. The entry may relate to any of the following:

    • An individual station
    • A particular programme or feature
    • A personality

    Judges will consider suitability to format, appeal to target audience, impact, originality, clarity of brand message and production values. Idents, promos and all elements that contribute to the sound of the station will be taken into account. Note: The imaging can be part of a syndicated worldwide package but must still demonstrate an appropriate connection with its audience.

News Coverage of the Year

  • ... been most outstanding across the judging period Judges will consider coverage of local, national and world news (as appropriate) as well as aspects such as coverage of breaking news, original and investigative journalism, quality of news reading and how the news style fits into the sound of the station and addresses its target audience. Creativity and innovation both in terms of approach and use of resources will also be taken into consideration.

Marketing Award

  • ... produced the most outstanding marketing campaign to promote a show Judges will consider coverage of local, national and world news (as appropriate) as well as aspects such as coverage of breaking news, original and investigative journalism, quality of news reading and how the news style fits into the sound of the station and addresses its target audience. Creativity and innovation both in terms of approach and use of resources will also be taken into consideration.

Local Sales Team of the Year

  • ... local direct sales, which has delivered significant increase in its local sales revenue In addition to assessing the increase in revenue, judges will also be looking for evidence of the team’s skills and professionalism as evidenced by items such as innovative responses to briefs, understanding client objectives, and helping clients to understand how to use radio effectively.

    The application must be accompanied by supporting documentation from at least two clients; these may be advertising agencies or direct customers.

    Note: This is the appropriate category for regional sales teams to enter.

National Sales Award

  • ... entrant and increased radio’s share of the winning advertiser's (or agency’s) total media budget Judges will be looking for fresh and innovative thinking which has pushed the boundaries in the area of national sales and which has delivered real and tangible results.

    Where appropriate, judges will also be looking for client and planner participation, agency involvement, potential for scalability/rollout and ideas, which have improved radio’s reputation as an effective advertising medium.

    Entries must have resulted in direct revenue growth and, as a result, planning and research tools are not eligible for entry. Examples might include, but are not limited to, a creative approach which introduced a significant new client to the sector, a programme of commercial activity which resulted in an agency changing its attitude to radio, or a particular campaign which pushed the boundaries of radio advertising etc.

    Entrants may submit multiple entries in this category.

Innovation of the Year

  • ... demonstrated the best ‘new idea’ This could be a programming innovation, the application of digital or other media technology, an innovation in station operation, social interaction, a new way to reducing operating costs or to generate more revenue.

    Demonstrable evidence of success through quantifiable measures, or qualitative factors such as listener / staff / client feedback should be provided.

Media Agency of the Year

  • ... clients and agency colleagues in the year to 31st Dec 2015 The agency must have submitted at least one entry to the Most Effective Campaign category & entrants should be able to clearly demonstrate that:

    1. the agency has driven an increase in radio’s share of overall agency billings and/or a year on year increase in radio revenue
    2. the agency has dedicated staff that champion radio internally and externally
    3. the agency has developed landmark radio case studies to share with the industry
    4. the agency sends all new starters on the RAB ‘Introduction to Radio Advertising’ training course
    5. the agency has organised radio specific events to promote the medium to their clients e.g. radio weeks

    Entries should be put forward by Agency personnel and include supporting documentation that references the above judging criteria. In particular, case studies for (c) must be submitted.

    Previous winners: Carat (2015), PHD (2014), Mindshare (2013), Mediacom (2012), Mindshare (2011).

Creative Campaign of the Year

  • ... campaign that they feel has used the medium most creatively over the past year (1st March-31st December. The category is open to both stations and agencies*.

    * All winners of the Radiocentre’s monthly Aerial Awards during this period will be automatically entered.

    The judge will consider the following:

    • Does the campaign bring a great creative idea to life in radio?
    • Does it demonstrate great craft in terms of writing and production?
    • Does it surprise, innovate or push the boundaries of radio advertising?
    Note: Branded content and live reads should not be entered for this category

Most Effective Agency Case Study of the Year

  • ... effective use of radio to drive a brand’s business objectives This can be over a short period or long period of time and be tactical or strategic.

    Supporting material must be provided which shows a proven and measurable impact on a client’s business.

    Although the judges' focus will be on the impact of the radio campaign, entrants may also submit evidence relating to the use of other media.

    **Note:** Qualifying campaigns must meet the minimum spend threshold of £200K, and entries cannot be made without the prior permission of the advertiser.

PPL Breakthrough UK Artist of the Year

PPL Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio

The Lifetime Achievement Award

The Arqiva Gold Award

How to enter

The new submission system allows you create an account complete all entry criteria online. You can edit, copy, delete information as you wish. Here’s some guidance.
  1. Please start by downloading the entry criteria from here – this will help you decide which categories to enter and what the judges will be looking for.
  2. Create your profile at www.commercialradio.awardsplatform.com
  3. Once you know which categories you wish to enter, start creating them using the button ‘Start Entry’.
  4. Remember the deadline is Tuesday 5pm on 9th February 2016 – extensions will not be permitted.
  5. For each entry you wish to submit, you will need to complete an entry form and upload audio, supporting information & your station logo. Make sure you refer back to the rubrics for each category you are entering as requirements may vary from category to category. Each entry you create will be saved in your profile. Note: while an entry is pending, you will be able to make amends or re-upload content should you have made any changes to your documentation or audio. You can also delete entries.
  6. Once you’ve uploaded all of your entries, visit the My Entries section, select the ones you wish to finalise (submit) where indicated and then press the BLUE ‘Submit’ button. This will finalise your submissions and place them in your cart (top right). Keep adding until all of your entries are in there and then make payment. Your entries will then be passed through to judging.
  7. Payment must be made to complete the submission process using a credit or debit card and are priced as follows: .
    • Radiocentre member rate: £50 per entry +vat.
    • Non-member rate: £95 per entry +vat.
The closing date for entries is 5pm on Tuesday 9th February 2016. Extensions will not be permitted.

If you have any queries, please contact Simon Cryer at arqivaawards@radiocentre.org or call 020 7010 0707

Conditions of entry

The Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards recognise outstanding radio that has been created in the UK and is intended for UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man listeners.
  1. To qualify, content must have been broadcast on FM, AM, digital, terrestrial, satellite or cable, streamed or made available for download between 1st March 2015 to 31st December 2015.
  2. Broadcasts of programmes originally transmitted in a previous year are not eligible.
  3. Entries must be submitted online no later than 5pm on Tuesday 9th February 2016
  4. You do not have to be a member of Radiocentre to enter these awards but if you are a member you will benefit from reduced member rates both for entering and attending the Awards Ceremony in July. If you would like to enquire about joining Radiocentre, please contact us.
  5. All entries must be authorised by the entrant’s Company Director/Station Manager, or person of similar seniority as requested on each entry form. Please make sure that the details you supply are current and correct and it's also a good idea to let that person know that they might receive an email from us requesting their authorisation.
  6. If you are an independent production company or producer submitting an entry, confirmation that the broadcasting station/company is aware and supportive of your entry is also required, as requested on each entry form (as in point 5 above).
  7. Once entries are submitted and paid for, refunds cannot be issued.
  8. Failure to meet the published submission requirements may lead to entries not being judged.
  9. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  10. All entries will be archived by Radiocentre.
  • You do not need to be a member of Radiocentre to enter these Awards but if you would like to join and be eligible for the reduced member entry rate, you can do so online. Simply follow the instructions on the Radiocentre website

    The entry fee for Radiocentre members is £50 (plus VAT) per entry. For non-Radiocentre members the fee is £95 (plus VAT) per entry.
  • Payment must be made online by credit/debit card when you submit and finalise your entries. Your entries will not go through to judging unless the submission process and payment processes are complete.

    The closing date for entries is 5pm on Tuesday 9th February 2016.

    If you have any queries, please contact Simon Cryer at arqiva arqivaawards@radiocentre.org or call 020 7010 0707

FAQ

  • No, but if you are, it’s cheaper! To find out more about membership, visit www.Radiocentre.org
  • Yes, just click the ‘Have you forgotten your password’ link at commercialradio.awardsplatform.com/ and you will be able to reset it. We do not have access to your password at awards HQ so please don’t waste your time by emailing us – we won’t be able to retrieve it for you.
  • No. The entry process is completely online. Please follow the instructions carefully and submit everything that is required.
  • We request this on each entry form. We may contact them after the closing date to verify the entry. Please make sure you spell their name correctly and give us the correct email address & phone number. It's also a good idea to let them know to look out for an email from us so it doesn't get ignored. If we don't receive authorisation when requested, we are within our rights to remove your entry from the judging process.
  • Radiocentre Members pay £50 per entry. Non-members pay £95 per entry. All fees are subject to VAT.
  • Payment must be made online by credit/debit card when you submit and finalise your entry – just follow the instructions.
  • The closing date is 5pm on Tuesday 9th February 2016
  • Ready to enter? To start putting your entry together, you will need to create an account at commercialradio.awardsplatform.com . You can download a copy of the entry criteria from here.

    For each entry you submit, you will need to complete an entry form and upload audio, supporting information and a station logo where required. Make sure you refer back to the rubrics for each category you are entering as requirements may vary from category to category.

    Good luck!

2015 winners

Presenter of the Year (under 2m TSA), sponsored by View Quest
Trev & Caroline
- 106 JACKfm Oxfordshire
Station of the Year (over 2m TSA), sponsored by Ipsos Mori
Nick Ferrari
- LBC
Programmer of the Year, sponsored by RCS
Andy Roberts
- Kiss
Unsung Hero of the Year, sponsored by GES Radio Intelligence
Pat Broome
- Smooth North West
Journalist of the Year (Ali Booker Memorial Award)
Tom Swarbrick
- LBC
Station of the Year (under 500,000 TSA), sponsored by PRS for Music
Radio Borders

Station of the Year (500,000 – 2m TSA), sponsored by PRS for Music
Metro Radio

Station of the Year (2m + TSA), sponsored by PRS for Music
LBC

Breakfast Show of the Year (under 2m TSA), sponsored by Pure
Big John @ Breakfast
- Hallam FM
Breakfast Show of the Year (over 2m TSA), sponsored by Reelworld
Sam & Amy
- Gem 106
Feature of the Year
Lady Week
- Heart Sussex
Single Programme or Broadcast of the Year, sponsored by Roberts Radio
The Clarke Carlisle Story
- Absolute Radio
Specialist Programme of the Year
Rock n Roll Football
- Absolute Radio
Social Action Initiative
Cycle4Life Challenge
- Viking FM
Station Imaging Award
KISS FM UK

News Coverage of the Year, sponsored by IRN & Sky News
BOB fm Hertfordshire News Team - BOB fm
Innovation of the Year, sponsored by 7digital
Bin Weevils Partnership
- Fun Kids
Local Sales Team of the Year
Radio Clyde

National Sales Award
Go Think Big
- Bauer Media

Advertiser of the Year
IKEA


Media Agency of the Year, sponsored by GTN UK
Carat


PPL Breakthrough UK Artist of the Year
Sam Smith


PPL Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio
Ed Sheeran


The Arqiva Gold Award
Christian O'Connell
- Absolute Radio

Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard Wheatley & Jazz FM

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