The Arqiva Commercial
Radio Awards 2015

New hosts and new venue for 2015
This year we celebrate our 20th anniversary on 8th July with new hosts, Heart London breakfast presenters Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton, and a new venue, the Roundhouse in London’s Camden Town.

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2015 Nominations

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People awards

Presenter of the Year (under 2 Million TSA) (sponsored by View Quest)
  • Brian Moore | Metro Radio
  • Jordan North | Rock FM
  • Mark & Twiggy | 107 Oak FM
  • Steve & Karen | Metro Radio
  • Trevor & Caroline | 106 JACKfm Oxfordshire
Presenter of the Year (sponsored by Ipsos MORI) (over 2 Million TSA)
  • Christian O'Connell | Absolute Radio
  • Clint Boon | XFM Manchester
  • Frank Skinner | Absolute Radio
  • Jon Holmes | XFM London
  • Nick Ferrari | LBC
Programmer of the Year (sponsored by RCS)
  • Paul Gerrard | Heart & Smooth West Midlands, Capital Birmingham
  • Tony Moorey | Absolute Radio
  • James Rea | LBC
  • Andy Roberts | Kiss
  • Gary Stein | Heart London
Unsung Hero of the Year (sponsored by GES Radio Intelligence)
  • Lisa Bayley | Absolute Radio
  • Pat Broome | Smooth North West
  • James Craddock | 106 JACKfm and JACK 2
  • Sally Elkington | Lincs FM Group
  • Rhiana Povey | Capital NW & Wales
Journalist of the Year (Ali Booker Memorial Award)
  • Lauren Jones | Global's Newsroom Wales
  • Laura Pennington | Hallam FM
  • Tom Swarbrick | LBC
  • Micky Welch | Metro Radio
  • Gillian Wheelan | Global's Newsroom Scotland

Station awards

Station of the Year (<500,000 TSA) (sponsored by PRS for Music)
  • Isle of Wight Radio
  • Northsound 1
  • MFR
  • Radio Borders
  • Radio Plymouth
Station of the Year (500,000 to 2M TSA) (sponsored by PRS for Music)
  • Clyde 1
  • Forth one
  • Hallam FM
  • KMFM
  • Metro Radio
Station of the Year (2 Million + TSA) (sponsored by PRS for Music)
  • Absolute Radio
  • Classic FM
  • LBC
  • Planet Rock
  • Smooth Radio UK

Programming awards

Breakfast Show of the Year (under 2 Million TSA) (sponsored by Pure)
  • Capital Breakfast with Matt, Polly & Geraint | Capital South Wales
  • Big John @ Breakfast | Hallam FM
  • Jack's Morning Glory | 106 JACKfm Oxfordshire & JACK 2
  • Keith Clarkson at Breakfast | Radio Borders
  • Mark O'Sullivan at Breakfast | Touch FM
Breakfast Show of the Year (over 2 Million TSA) (sponsored by Reelworld)
  • The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show | Absolute Radio
  • Tim Lihoreau - More Music Breakfast | Classic FM
  • Sam & Amy | Gem 106
  • Heart breakfast with Jamie & Emma | Heart London
  • XFM Breakfast with Tim Cocker | XFM Manchester
Feature(s) of the Year
  • Auschwitz - A Survivor Returns | LBC
  • Kid in the Car | Forth 1
  • Lady Week | Heart Sussex
  • Live Music Thursday | Absolute Radio
  • Save Someone's Christmas | KMFM
Single Programme or Broadcast of the Year (sponsored by Roberts Radio)
  • Back to 94 | XFM Manchester
  • Behind the Curtain: A Royal Opera House Special | Classic FM
  • The Clarke Carlisle Story | Absolute Radio
  • The LBC EU Leaders Debate | LBC
  • Referendum Live | Clyde 1
Specialist Programme of the Year
  • Andi Durrant - the Electrick Playground | Kiss Fresh
  • Breaking Bands | Team Rock
  • Nightowls | Metro Radio
  • Rock n Roll Football | Absolute Radio
  • Saturday Night at the Movies | Classic FM
Social Action Initiative
  • Brighter Rider | LBC
  • Cycle4Life Challenge | Viking FM
  • Make Some Noise | Heart London
  • Street Angels | Key 103
  • Thirsty Kirsty - Dogs for the Disabled | Banbury Sound
Station Imaging Award
  • Capital Xtra | Capital Xtra
  • Saturday Night at the Movies | Classic FM
  • Global's Make Some Noise | LBC, Capital, Heart, Smooth, Classic FM, XFM, Gold
  • Kiss FM UK | Kiss FM UK
  • Smooth Radio Network | Smooth Radio Network
News Coverage of the Year (sponsored by IRN and Sky News)
  • BOB fm Hertfordshire News Team
  • Free Radio News
  • Global's Newsroom Scotland
  • Global's Newsroom Wales
  • Hallam FM News Coverage
Innovation of the Year (sponsored by 7digital)(NEW for 2015)
  • Composed | Classic FM
  • Bin Weevils Partnership | Fun Kids
  • Jack to Control the Music | JACK 2
  • Project Banana | Absolute Radio
  • Share Radio

Sales & Marketing awards

Marketing Award
  • Classic FM Interactive | Classic FM
  • The Free Radio Phantom | Free Radio
  • The Piccadillys | Key 103
  • Punching Above Your Weight | Metro Radio
  • Stand Ups at Breakfast | Absolute Radio
Local Sales Team of the Year (sponsored by NRS Media)
  • Capital Scotland
  • Radio Borders
  • Radio Clyde
  • Smooth North East
  • XFM Manchester
National Sales Award
  • Masters of Man Time with Just for Men | Absolute Radio
  • Go Think Big | Bauer Media
  • Stubhub - #GigEnvy | Bauer Media
  • Jingle Bell Ball with Morrisons | Capital FM
  • X Men FM | XFM

Advertiser awards

Advertiser of the Year
  • British Gas
  • IKEA
  • McDonald's
Media Agency of the Year (sponsored by GTN UK)
  • Carat
  • MEC
  • MediaCom
  • OMD
  • RadioWorks

Artist of the year awards

PPL Breakthrough UK Artist of the Year
  • Clean Bandit
  • Ella Henderson
  • George Ezra
  • Rixton
  • Sam Smith
PPL Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio
  • Calvin Harris
  • Clean Bandit
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Queen
  • Sam Smith

2014 Winners

Presenter of the Year (under 2 Million TSA) Steve & Karen - Metro Radio

Presenter of the Year (over 2 Million TSA) Christian O’Connell - Absolute Radio

Programmer of the Year – Sponsored by RCS Chris Pegg - Metro Radio

Unsung Hero of the Year Emma Oxborrow - Classic FM

Journalist of the Year (Ali Booker Memorial Award) Michelle Livesey - Key 103

Station of the Year (<500,000 TSA) Free Radio (Herefordshire & Worcestershire)

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

Station of the Year (2 Million + TSA)

Breakfast Show of the Year (under 2 Million TSA) – sponsored by PureCapital Breakfast with Matt, Polly & Geraint - Capital South Wales

Breakfast Show of the Year (over 2 Million TSA) – sponsored by ReelworldThe Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show - Absolute Radio

Feature(s) of the Year Christian O'Connell's 40 List - Absolute Radio

Single Programme or Broadcast of the YearThe Funeral of Margaret Thatcher - LBC

Specialist Programme of the Year The Sunday Roast with Caroline – 106JACKfm (Oxfordshire)

Social Action Initiative Slavery on our Streets - LBC

Station Imaging Award
Captial Xtra Launch

News Coverage of the YearThe Clutha Tragedy - Radio Clyde News

Marketing AwardThe Kiss at the Kiss with Cheltenham Art Gallery - Heart Gloucestershire

Local Sales Team of the Year – Sponsored by NRS Media
Global Radio Manchester

National Sales Award Begin with a Bulmers - XFM

Radio Station Event of the YearThe Absolute Radio Sessions - Absolute Radio

Advertiser of the Year

Media Agency of the Year

PPL Breakthrough UK Artist of the Year Naughty Boy

PPL Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio
Olly Murs

Chairman's Award
Dianne Thompson

Special Award
Phil Riley

Lifetime Achievement Award
Grae Allan

View Archive


  • Arqiva

    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.

  • 7digital

    7digital’s scalable digital music platform and flexible APIs are used to power comprehensive music and radio services. They have powered services for global brands like Guvera, Samsung, and BlackBerry, have partnered with media giants such as Yahoo and Sirius XM, and are the largest independent producer of radio programming for the BBC. 7digital leads innovation at the intersection of digital music and next generation radio.

  • GES

    GES is the market leader in airtime sales planning and reporting intelligence tools. In today’s technology landscape, its unique blend of technology and smart listener intelligence, gives radio stations and brand owners a clear competitive advantage.
    Its web-based Rosetta sales, scheduling and customer booking platform ensure that ad breaks are relevant to the audience, automatically reviewing these against listener demographics.
    For brands, this guarantees best return on advertising budgets and for radio stations, it helps to manage and protect their reputations as a strong route to customers.
    GES has been providing systems exclusively to the Radio Industry since 1996 and in 2007 acquired Broadnet.

  • GTN UK

    GTN UK provides traffic & travel and entertainment news reports to the whole of the UK commercial radio industry (reaching 79% of all commercial radio listeners weekly). The provision of the traffic & travel reports and entertainment 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 specialises in radio research. We run, RAJAR, the UK’s biggest, most comprehensive radio audience measurement survey, and have innovated ground breaking passive measurement work to understand needs driving radio station choices. We are dedicated to understanding all things radio, from motivations to engagement to ad effectiveness.

  • IRN & Sky News

    IRN has been commercial radio’s national and international news provider since 1973 and is produced by Sky News. IRN and Sky News are committed to 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. We deliver a live bulletin at the top of every hour as well as a comprehensive range of audio and scripts for radio journalists to include in their own bulletins across news, sport, showbiz and business. IRN and Sky News are proud to jointly sponsor the Arqiva News Coverage of the Year Award.

  • NDL Group

    The NDL Group is the prize management agency for commercial radio. NDL works with radio stations to build promotions revenue by developing bespoke, creative prize packages. These are tailored specifically to incentivise the brand and station's audience, enhancing the relationship between sponsor, programming and listener.

  • NRS Media

    NRS Media is the global leading provider of revenue generating solutions for the media industry. Our Media Sales Solutions significantly increase revenue. Since inception, we have generated nearly €500m in incremental advertising revenue for our media partners. We operate in over 350 media markets across 23 countries, in 11 languages worldwide.

  • PPL

    PPL is the music licensing company which works on behalf of record companies and performers to license recorded music played in public (at pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, offices and many other business types) and broadcast (on TV, radio and online) across the UK. Our members include major record labels and independents as well as globally successful performers and session musicians, ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers. The majority are small businesses, all of whom are legally entitled to be fairly paid for the use of their recordings and performances.

    PPL also operates an international royalty collection service. With 75 international agreements in place in 35 countries with other international collecting societies - or Collective Management Organisations (CMOS) as they are sometimes referred to – PPL helps members to get paid when their music is played internationally.

    After the deduction of PPL’s running costs, all licence fee income is distributed to members. PPL does not retain a profit for its services.

  • PRS for Music

    PRS for Music represents over 100,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers ensuring they are fairly remunerated whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced. It champions the importance of copyright to protect and support a vital creative 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.

  • Pure

    Pure is a world leading consumer electronics manufacturer and leads the way in music streaming and radio systems, multiroom audio and entertainment cloud services with the Pure Connect portal as well as innovating in new areas. Designed and engineered in the UK, all of Pure’s products are manufactured with the environment in mind and at ethically audited facilities. Pure is a division of Imagination Technologies Group plc. See

  • RAB

    The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), part of RadioCentre Ltd, is the marketing body for radio, funded entirely by the UK Commercial Radio industry. Our aim is to share Britain's love of radio with advertisers, and to help them use the medium more effectively and creatively.

  • RCS

    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

    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

  • Roberts Radio

    With a heritage of over 80 years in radio design and manufacturing, Roberts Radio has been the listeners choice for generations and continues to hold the position of brand leader in the UK. The range of over 100 different DAB, Analogue and Internet radios, including the iconic Revival radio, regularly attract positive write-ups in specialist reviews and Roberts Radio is very proud to have been granted two Royal Warrants as manufacturers and suppliers of radio receivers to Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.

  • View Quest

    View Quest (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.

  • Crying Out Loud Productions

    The awards are produced by Crying Out Loud Productions


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