Arqiva have signed up as the headline sponsor of the commercial radio awards for the 15th year running in what has become a landmark event in the commercial radio calendar.

The Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, now in their 19th year, are the biggest celebration of UK commercial radio marking achievement across the whole spectrum, from presenters and programming to advertising and marketing.

The awards, organised by RadioCentre and staged by Crying Out Loud Productions, will be launched for entries early next year on January 27th, with entries closing on March 7th. Nominations will be announced on May the 8th with the glittering award ceremony taking place in London on July 3rd 2014.

RCS will once again be sponsoring the Programmer of the Year category, with PPL confirmed as sponsor for The Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio and Breakthrough UK Artist on Commercial Radio awards. Other sponsors are expected to be announced shortly.

Linda Smith, CEO of RadioCentre commented: “We are delighted that Arqiva have signed up for the 15th year running as the headline sponsor. These awards demonstrate the strength of the commercial radio industry and are a testament to the great talent we have right across the board.”

Ben Hart, Head of commercial broadcasting at Arqiva said: “These awards are a fantastic celebration of all that is great about the commercial radio industry and we are proud and delighted to support them.”

And The Winners Are ...

The winners of the 2013 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards were announced on July 3 at a star-studded ceremony at London’s Westminster Bridge Park Plaza Hotel. 

The awards, now in their 18th year, organised by RadioCentre, celebrated commercial radio’s 40th anniversary this year, with live performances from artists across the decades, including Atomic Kitten, The Feeling, Level 42 and The Original Bucks Fizz.

The Commercial Radio Roll of Honour, which tells the story of commercial radio’s 40 year history, was also unveiled during the evening, naming 40 individuals who have made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the industry.

Andrew Harrison, Chief Executive of RadioCentre commented:  “Congratulations go to all our winners this evening – it was fantastic to see entries of such a high standard, particularly as we received record entries this year.  The awards demonstrate that, in our 40th year, commercial radio continues to innovate, producing compelling, quality content, curated by DJs and presenters which listeners trust.”

Ben Hart, Head of Commercial Radio at Arqiva commented: “Tonight was a great celebration of the best of commercial radio today as well as its 40 year history.  Well done to all our worthy winners, not forgetting the many nominees that made the judges decisions even more challenging this year.”

The full list of winners can be found here

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The full list of nominees can be found here




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