BBC duo up for radio production awards

Leo A short history of five notes took Hornack to Ghana to look at the route of a rhythm

Two BBC producers have been nominated for the Radio Academy's production awards in very different fields.

In their third year, the awards celebrate the behind the scenes skills of freelancers, independent productions companies and BBC staff.

The World Service's World Tonight Leo Hornack's nomination material included the documentary India's Microcredit Meltdown broadcast for the Assignment strand.

It questions whether India's micro finance industry is doing more harm than good. The documentary has already won a One World Media award in 2011.

Hornack, who appears in the best newcomer category, was an international development consultant in India before he entered the world of journalism. He says that after the critique it is unlikely he'll be welcomed back into development.

His other documentary highlighted in the award application took him to Ghana to trace back to the routes of a five note rhythm which has influenced everything from soul and Cuban music, to afrobeat and rock and roll.

In a completely different field, BBC Essex's station sound producer John Cameron-McIntosh has been nominated in the best creative category for his cricket trails.

He created two characters - Mr Twenty Twenty and Mr All Rounder - and asked listeners to write their own stories about the characters, including as many cricket puns they could handle. Cameron-McIntosh says he was taken aback by the listener reaction.

He then got a nine-year-old girl from Chelmsford to voice up the stories, which he says was 'crucial' to the campaign.

The winners will be announced on 12 July.

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