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- Emma Barnett named Interviewer of the Year at the British Journalism Awards 20218 December 2021 BBC Radio 4's Emma Barnett took the title of Interviewer of the Year at the Press Gazette's annual celebration of the best of UK journalism.
In her first year at the helm of Woman's Hour, Barnett drew praise for her conversations with Lady Lavinia Nourse and with then Health Minister Nadine Dorries, as well as for her discussion with Tracey Emin about nightclubs in a post-Covid world.
- BBC Audio claims 3 wins at the Asian Media Awards29 October 2021 BBC Audio claimed three awards at the 9th annual Asian Media Awards at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.
There were victories for Bobby Friction who won Best Radio Show, Noreen Khan who won the award for Best Presenter and producer Rayhan Rahman and presenters Poppy Jay and Rubina Pabani who took home the prize for Best Podcast with Brown Girls Do It Too.
- Radio 2 wins Station of the Year at the Music Week Awards14 September 2021 BBC Audio’s Radio 2 production teams were rewarded when the station was named Station of the Year at the 2021 Music Week Awards.
Congratulations are also due to award’s host Clara Amfo and her BBC Audio production team who secured the Radio Show award for the second year in a row.
- Six golds, a silver and two bronze awards for BBC Audio at the 2021 ARIAs26 May 2021 BBC Audio staff and presenters took home nine ARIAs at the 2021 award ceremony. The impressive haul included six golds, a silver and two bronzes.
Winners of the coveted gold award were Poppy Begum (Best New Presenter), The YUNGBLUD Podcast (Best New Show), Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James (Best Music Breakfast Show), Scott Mills (Best Music Entertainment Show), Eight Point Nine Nine (Best Fictional Storytelling) and Black Power Playlist (The Impact Award).
- BBC Audio scoops 16 nominations for the 2021 ARIAs22 April 2021 Teams from across BBC Audio are amongst the nominations for The Radio Academy’s Audio and Radio Industry Awards 2021. Shows produced for Radio 1, 1Xtra 2, 3, 4, 6 Music and Asian Network are all up for ARIAs, with production bases in London, Bristol and Salford recognised.
Among the nominees are The YUNGBLUD Podcast for Best New Show, Eight Point Nine Nine and Red Earth Red Sky for Best Fictional Storytelling, and Greg James, Zoe Ball and Lauren Laverne’s shows for 1, 2 and 6 battling each other for Best Music Breakfast Show.
- Songs To Live By launches new partnership with Warner Music 19 March 2021 Radio 1’s Vick Hope presents a new podcast from BBC Audio celebrating Black voices and experience. Each episode will see two guest from different generations share the music that has defined them.
It is the first podcast in a new co-production collaboration between the BBC and Warner Music Group . Working together, BBC and WMG will create a number of ambitious new podcasts with different formats that have great storytelling and music at their centre.
- Radio 1 productions pick up two Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards12 November 2020 Greg James’ Up Yours Corona, developed and delivered by BBC Audio, was named Best Virtual Event at the international Coronavirus Radio Industry Awards.
The awards, honouring innovation in audio during the global pandemic and voted for by professionals in the radio and audio industry worldwide, also named Radio 1’s Times Like These the Best Mega Promotion.
- 6 Music Artist in Residence and Cillian Murphy’s Limited Edition new from BBC Audio11 November 2020 A new commission for BBC Audio produced by Jax Coombes, 6 Music Artist in Residence has launched with a run of six shows presented by Loyle Carner. Arlo Parks and Phoebe Bridgers are among the artists lined up for future hosting slots on the show that journeys into the musical soul of an artist.
This follows Cillian Murphy’s recent return to 6 Music with a new BBC Audio show of his own. Cillian Murphy's Limited Edition sees the actor put together nocturnal playlists from all corners of his record collection.
- BBC Radio 1 announces new presenters and schedule changes6 November 2020 Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James will be broadcast five days a week from January 2021, while BBC Audio are bringing with four new presenters to the Radio 1 roster.
New show Early Breakfast on Fridays will rotate presenters Joel Mitchell, Mollie Finn and Fee Mak, while Sian Eleri becomes the new host of Radio 1’s Chillest Show.
- Tim Pemberton named BBC Audio Head of Religion & Ethics1 November 2020 Tim Pemberton has taken up the role of Head of BBC Religion & Ethics at BBC Audio. Tim comes fresh from running a number of stations in BBC England as Managing Editor and previously worked as a Senior Producer in the department in the late 1990s.
Tim says: “In these times of uncertainty and reflection fuelled by a pandemic, culture wars and heated debate, the positive role that religion and ethics can play has never been needed more.”
- Clara Amfo named Radio Show of the Year 202021 September 2020 BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo programme won the coveted Radio Show of the year at the 2020 Music Week Awards.
It’s been a big few weeks for the mid-morning show, which has been celebrating Live Lounge Month and the return of regular performances after they were curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The music industry trade paper also recognised the work done by our teams in BBC Radio 6 Music , which was named Radio Station of the year at the virtual ceremony.
- Brown Girls Do It Too wins Podcast of the Year11 July 2020 BBC Audio podcast Brown Girls Do It Too was named Podcast Of The Year at the 2020 British Podcast Awards. The podcast, which is commissioned by the BBC Asian Network, produced in Birmingham by Rayhan Rahman and edited by Deena Narshi Chohan, also took the Gold award for Best Sex & Relationships Podcast as four BBC Audio titles took home prizes at the online ceremony.
Radio 3’s Classical Fix took the Silver award in the Arts & Culture category while Radio Drama London took home two awards: Fake Heiress for Radio 4 earning the Silver Creativity Award, and World Service podcast Fall of the Shah also winning Silver, for Best Fiction.
- The Joe Wicks Podcast comes to BBC Sounds9 July 2020 Lockdown breakout star Joe Wicks – aka The Body Coach – talks to celebrities including Gordon Ramsey, Fearne Cotton and Louis Theroux for a new BBC Audio podcast series for BBC Radio 4 produced by Emily Knight and Clare Salisbury in Bristol.
After his hit YouTube workout series, PE With Joe, Wicks continues to follow his passion for discovering the secrets to physical and mental happiness.
Joe said: “I can’t wait for listeners to learn about my guest’s secrets to personal wellbeing with some laughs and interesting life chats along the way.”
- BBC Audio launches Creative Development Unit26 June 2020 BBC Audio has launched a new unit dedicated to the development of major projects. The Creative Development Unit (CDU) is led by Clare McGinn, who previously ran BBC Audio’s production department in Bristol. It will have a focus on new podcasts and forging creative partnerships.
The CDU builds on the success of recent BBC Audio podcasts including James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds and The Missing Cryptoqueen for BBC Sounds, Forest 404 and Evil Genius for Radio 4, 13 Minutes To The Moon and Fall Of The Shah for the World Service, and the BBC Earth podcasts for BBC Studios.