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Adrian Van-Klaveren Adrian Van-Klaveren | 08:55 UK time, Thursday, 31 March 2011

Danny Baker with his Sony Award

This year's Sony Radio Academy Awards nominations have been announced and they are great news for 5 live.

It's always a tense time, waiting to find out what's caught the attention of the judges and is in the running for one of those much coveted Sony Golds. I'm delighted that this year 5 live has a total of 16 nominations - that's more in a single year than any of us can remember. You can see the full list of nominations on the Sony Radio Academy Awards website.

Each nomination is a great achievement and a recognition of the work of everyone involved. It's great to see such a wide range across everything 5 live does.

We're nominated for breaking news with our coverage of the formation of the Coalition on Drive presented by Peter Allen and Aasmah Mir. Live sport is prominent with the nomination for our Ryder Cup coverage and the list also includes everything from a single interview with Elton John to our on-air trails for the World Cup, voiced by Stuart Hall.

Particularly eye-catching are the three nominations for Victoria Derbyshire, showing how consistently outstanding her programme has been over the past year. There are also three chances to win for 5 live Breakfast with Nicky Campbell and Shelagh Fogarty, which is nominated as best Breakfast Programme and for its World Cup coverage as well as Nicky and Shelagh themselves for Speech Radio Personality. It's especially pleasing to see two nominations for Danny Baker as he continues his recovery.

These awards matter because they involve the entire UK radio industry and the judges are some of the most experienced people working in radio mixed with a whole range of prominent people united by their interest in what radio does.

We won't find out who has actually won until the ceremony on Monday 9th May. So until then we'll enjoy the pleasure of the nominations and we'll definitely be keeping our fingers crossed.

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Go to the Sony site to see the full list of nominations

Adrian Van-Klaveren is the controller of 5 live


  • Comment number 1.

    The coverage of the Ryder Cup on the Monday was brilliant and deserves an award. The Coalition coverage was also very good. These were two examples of the type of broadcasting people expect from 5Live. No nominations for the current daytime schedules between 12 and 4pm then?

  • Comment number 2.

    Good to see The Ryder Cup on 5 live nominated, excellent coverage from all including John Inverdale and Clare Balding

  • Comment number 3.

    The Cheltenham coverage was also first class.

  • Comment number 4.

    Such a shame that the best broadcaster on 5live never seems to get a nomination and that is of course the great Rhod Sharp.Strange also that AVK omitted to mention that Robbie Savage is up for the Rising Star Award !

  • Comment number 5.

    Let's be clear about this. You nominate people and programmes, yes? At £85 a pop.

    Agree about Rhod, the most consistent presenter/reporter on the station.

  • Comment number 6.

    I have never found nominating your own presenters and paying very palatable.Rhod is by far and away a better presenter than any of those mentioned.

  • Comment number 7.

    @carrie - radio stations and independent production companies enter programmes and presenters to relevant categories. There is an an entry fee. Judging panels then nominate from that pool to draw up a shortlist. Not everything that is entered will be nominated.

  • Comment number 8.

    Hello Nigel. Do you only enter programmes from the main high audience programmes? Livesey has done very well in his spot, no nomination? I doubt anyone has a bad word about Rhod, no nomination? These two actually anchor a time slot which you have ignored for a good while in working out what you are going to nominate. I am afraid although I agree with many of your nominations, the awful Robbie Savage needs to be dropped, not lauded.

  • Comment number 9.

    Go Danny! Go Candyman! Get well soon. x

  • Comment number 10.

    Everyone eventually gets a Sony ( Nolan, Gaunt etc.), you just have to wait your turn when your mates will vote you one. It's cyclical; that's why VD, Talksport, Ferrari are unlikely to miss out.

  • Comment number 11.

    Sports coverage on 5live is excellant, listening to talkSPORT the other day i was reminded how great 5lives coverage is.

    Drive is excellant as well.

    It is almost guaranteed that 5live will pick up loads of awards.

  • Comment number 12.

    The golf coverage on fivelive is often excellent with Jay Townsend and Iain Carter being very good so I am not surprised it has got a mention. Well done fivelive. Although there has been a small step backwards with Andrew Cotter often joining the team. He seems to think he will look clever if he repeats what Jay Townsend has said about half an hour later...

  • Comment number 13.

    Re post 10. There does seem to be an element of the ' In Crowd ' mentality with these awards.Not that I lose too much sleep about who the winners might be.

  • Comment number 14.

    You might find the About the Awards section of their website interesting:

  • Comment number 15.

    I understand that Adrian Van-Klaveren is a judge for the Sony Radio awards.

  • Comment number 16.

    @zeldalicious - Adrian is judging one of the awards but no one is allowed to judge a category that their own station is nominated in.

  • Comment number 17.

    I'm really hoping the R5L win ZERO awards. This is one of the vilest radio stations in the UK and if the judges had any sense, they would make sure that none of the winners come from R5L.

  • Comment number 18.

    Why do you say it is "one of the vilest radio stations in the UK",care to explain?

  • Comment number 19.

    That's a bit harsh NonEnglish, we may complain on here bu its not THAT bad.

  • Comment number 20.

    Did you not submit a recording of Richard Bacon’s Help or Moan In features?

    I wonder why, hmm ;-)

  • Comment number 21.

    Well, all I will say is that my doctor tells me that my health has improved tremendously since I stopped listening to R5L. I used to wake up to it and would be boiling mad even before breakfast. Now, I wake to some beautiful music from a far away radio station and I'm in a much better state. I would encourage everyone to try this.

  • Comment number 22.

    No need to worry about being boiling mad first thing, Rachel's voice is so inaudible you won't hear what she is saying until her vocal chords warm up. But seriously, you are right, each to their own and good luck.

  • Comment number 23.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 24.

    I see Mark Kermode is nominated in the "On-Air Contributer" category but surely he's more than that. The show is called "Kermode and Mayo's Film Review" after all.

    Oh and why no mention in the same category for George Riley for his sterling performances in Gabby Logan's show!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 25.

    great to see Danny Baker on your website again. Really looking forward to his eventual return to radio. Here's hoping for a double victory!

  • Comment number 26.

    I can't think why it is neccessaryto give radio presenters an award ? Lets face it their ego's are big enough as it is and they get well paid for what is a non essential job.I partly agree with post 21 and for my experience life does feel a whole lot happier when you switch off between the hours of 9am and 4pm.Pity that there isn't an award for best shrieking voice on 5live ?

  • Comment number 27.

    Can't stand some of the R5 nominees myself .That's why I don't listen to the breakfast show or Victoria Derbyshire. Peter Allen and Aasmah Mir are ok - does she have the sexiest voice on radio? :P And Allen must be an obvious choice to take over from John Humphreys on the excellent R4 Today Programme. But although I don't really care about the Sony awards, I'm really chuffed for Danny Baker and hope he comes back soon.

  • Comment number 28.

    Everyone really does love Danny. Most of my votes would not go to the station nominees but I do think Peter should win.

    And Stuart Hall!! He is the liveliest 82 year old on any media.

  • Comment number 29.

    Rebecca on Mayo's show has a better voice than Aasmah! More than her sexy voice she sounds knowledgeable and handles interviews pretty well. Five should aquire her as soon as possible.
    Frank Skinner on a Saturday morning is pretty funny, but not as good as Danny Baker's show. Get well and get back soon Danny.

  • Comment number 30.

    So good to see Danny Bajer's nomination... and Prof Kermode.... but please why fighting talk.... it was so good with Vaughan and O'Conner but it's become the Colin Murray wondershow...now it's all about him and not the panel.....

  • Comment number 31.

    Add my best wishes to the CandyMan. Would be great if you could manage a post Dan!

    Good also that these blogs are attracting new names - the more the merrier. The wider the opinions the better.

  • Comment number 32.

    I really do enjoy Radio five live and agree they deserve awards. I still can't understand how a station that chooses such great presenters as Rhod Sharpe and Eleanor Oldroyd can impose someone as useless as Ms Burden on us - not only did she do breakfast all week she was on this morning as well (is she taking over the station??) - as soon as I hear her not so dulcit tones I turn to radio four - but I miss Shelagh and Nicky - really did enjoy them together.

  • Comment number 33.

    16 5Live nominations, but Nigel could you tell us how many people submitted examples of their work to be considered, and how many pieces in total were submitted? Just a thought as I guess you will say 'no'.

  • Comment number 34.

    "One of the great strengths of the Sony Radio Academy Awards is that every level of professional radio has an opportunity to shine." This from the Sony Awards web site

    Note the word 'professional'. So how did Robbie Savage get a nomination? Did he pay for it himself?

  • Comment number 35.

    More on Savage. Alan Green sounded quite irritated by him this afternoon. Now it's not difficult to be irritated by Savage: he aint very bright, he has the most awful voice and he twitters, Enough.

    Also Greeny's 606. Dreadful. Should have been broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester. Of precious little interest to anyone else. And as ever he has a pop at Fulham where he is universally disliked.

  • Comment number 36.

    Peter Allen gets my vote

    I love it when he gets fed up with someone feeding him with a load crap and just has a go at them! So few interviewers, who should be acting on behalf of the public, actually make me feel like they are saying what I'd like to say.

  • Comment number 37.

    I do object strongly to
    1. Former Sony winner Nolan regurgitating his Northern Ireland shows.
    2. Finding out he does his Monday show from Salford thereby proving you can do a remotely produced show without a problem, which would save a shedload of money for BBC licence payers if he stayed put in Belfast for the weekend and did his 5Live show from there.
    3. You give airtime to Gerry Adams.

  • Comment number 38.

    It would be brilliant if the truly wonderful Danny Baker won an award or two. Radio has just not been the same in his absence. His talent is unique and, like all good sports listeners. I hope his recovery is complete and soon.

  • Comment number 39.

    @carrie As a network 5 live entered 29 entries to the Sony Awards so we're very pleased with a more than 50% hit rate of nominations. 5 live programmes that the BBC do not produce may also have been submitted by the independent companies that make them. I'm afraid I don't have that information.

  • Comment number 40.

    Hallo all,

    So am sure that many of you have seen the good news that Danny Baker will be back on BBC London 94.9 on April 18 after his cancer treatment.

    He said on Facebook: 'I intend to un-retire again. I shall return to BBC London on Monday April 18th at 3pm to give it another go. I realize this will reduce Steve Wright's overall audience figures by more than 300 but it's a tough game we're in Steve.'

    ATOW - he will be back on his 5 live programme later this spring. Am sure you'll agree, this is wonderful news.

  • Comment number 41.

    Great news about Danny. Love you, Candyman. x

  • Comment number 42.

    Nigel, 3 simple questions if I may ....

    1. What is the cost to make an entry in the awards?
    2. How many BBC employees or those who have a commercial relationship with the BBC are on the judging panel?
    3. Does the BBC contribute to the funding of the organisation which runs these awards?

    All helpful context I think. Thank you in advance for your answers.

  • Comment number 43.

    @ryanw - You may. In answer to your questions >>

    1. £85 (see https://www.radioawards.org/entries/what-to-do/)

    2. I have no idea. That's really a question for the Sony Awards, not us. In the final para of this page of their website (https://www.radioawards.org/about/judging/) it says that, "The 2011 Awards Judging Panels will be appointed by the Awards Committee in January 2011 and details will be available on this site in when the judging commences in February." By the looks of things that has not happened.

    3. Yes. The BBC is a patron of the Radio Academy. There is a list of all Radio Academy patrons and more information about the charity on their website >> https://www.radioacademy.org/about/patrons/

  • Comment number 44.

    Thanks Nigel.

    Imogen, what is ATOW? (post 40)

    Is this some twitter term or abbrevation for something? There was a time when the BBC was seen to uphold English standards, now it seems it's intent on dumbing them down, especially on 5Live.

  • Comment number 45.

    A lot of the above comments have gone completely off the original subject of Sony awards but that simply underlines there should be a general ongoing blog on 5 Live programmes that covers all issues and points listeners want to raise.

    Whilst I'm at it I thought your selection of a phone in or 'Your Call subject this morning (5th April) about Muslims and Extremism was blatantly patronising and opportunist. Any excuse to cover up real debate on key issues with a 'them and us' issue that inevitably yields racist overtones. For example the main news last night was the fact that many HMF serving in the front line are going to receive redundancy notices. I'm sure if that had happened before the election last May it owuld have been 'Your Call'!

    Lastly could any future Sony award winner stop emphasising after a particular viewpoint has been expressed on a phone-in etc by a caller which isn't deemed to be popular or in a minority that it is 'a minority' view! It's not the presenters role to determine what's a minority or majority view is because a less confident or confused listener might agree with it but not say so because he/she has been told by the likes of Nicky Campbell! or Asmah ?? that's it a minority.

  • Comment number 46.

    Great to see that 5 Live has plenty of nominations in the awards. I must say that I am surprised that Victoria Derbyshire has got 3 nominations. I am an avid listener but am increasingly finding that i am looking elsewhere between 10am until 4pm. I have found Victoria's show has a definate tabloid feel about it recently. Lots of hard luck stories and long drawn out interviews. Where has the cutting edge gone?
    I also cannot bear to listen to Richard Bacon anymore, i could take the wowed by celebrityness and the non stop mentioning of Twitter. However it seems that he has the same guests on rotation every 6 weeks - Ross Kemp, Matthew Kelly to name but two.
    Good to see that Peter Allen & Danny Baker are getting nominations they are two of the best things on the station.

  • Comment number 47.

    Hi ryanw - sorry, it means "at time of writing". Not Twitter shorthand, no. One of those things I guess I assumed people knew, but perhaps not as well known as I thought.

  • Comment number 48.

    Imogen, you're inside the BBC bubble. Stop 10 people outside at lunchtime and I'd be surprised one knew what it meant.

    Your a broadcast journalist...could you please not use these silly abbreviations.

    Thank you.

  • Comment number 49.

    Cornelius Lysaght is brilliant as a racing correspondant and John Hunt is one of the very best radio commentators there has ever been in any sport. Why is it then that Five insist on ruining an event by sending Richard Bacon who has no idea about anything related to horse racing? Why on earth was Inverdale stuck in a studio? It honestly sounds like you have sent Alan Partridge. I dont listen to his show but people say its unbearable. On this form I agree.

  • Comment number 50.

    Pickle my chum, you have no idea how many people will agree with you. Wait until you hear Colin Murray!

  • Comment number 51.

    Contrast and compare Inverdale & Balding at Cheltenham with Dick Bacon at Aintree.

    Bacon knows nothing about horse racing and sport in general, remember when Richard said the best thing about watching live sport was booing the opposing side’s national anthem and he wasn't joking.

  • Comment number 52.

    It's almost certainly what they want, but you don't seem to be able to comment on recent posts. Salford "comedy", local blokes.

    On the Sony's - the management & "Talent" seem far more interested in the awards than those that pay for this gala black tie event. Last year (streamed) was hilarious - bungled speeches, no production, Evans announcing the station winner before the nominees....

  • Comment number 53.

    @Welcome2theMachine - I'll find out why the comments don't seem to be working on the two most recent posts. Apologies.

  • Comment number 54.

    MaggieThatcherfan (which is understandable)

    So you love it when Peter Allen receives 'load crap' and he has a go at them.

    Admirable as he obviously is in your eyes I quite like it when its the other way around!

  • Comment number 55.

    Richard Bacon at Aintree; Chris Evans at Atlanta!
    Says it all about Radio 5 sport.....doesn't it?

  • Comment number 56.

    Arthur it is the era of the 'big personality'. Mr Controller believes this is the future.

  • Comment number 57.

    Whatever Mr Controller believes, I do wonder how proper sports presenters feel.


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