Nominations for 2015 Arqiva Awards

Posted 14 May 2015, 8.36am edt

The nominations for the 2015 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards were today (May 14) unveiled by Absolute Radio’s Rob Beckett and Sarah Champion via video broadcast at, on IRN audio, plus on twitter @arqivaawards.

A boost in both the level and quality of entries will this year be reflected with a shortlist of five in each award category, with a Bronze, Silver and Gold winner to be announced at the ceremony on July 8th.

Nominations this year see a wide cross-section of stations, media agencies, advertisers and presenters in the running, from Radio Borders for Station of the Year (under 500,000 TSA) and KMFM for Feature of the Year with its Save Someone's Christmas, to IKEA for Advertiser of the Year and Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell for Presenter of the Year (2m+TSA). Full list of nominations below.

The awards, now in their 20th year, are organised by RadioCentre, the industry body for commercial radio, with Arqiva as the headline sponsor, and numerous industry companies supporting individual awards, including Pure Digital, NRS Media, Ipsos Mori, ViewQuest, RCS, GES Radio Intelligence, PPL, PRS for Music, Reelworld, Roberts Radio, IRN and Sky News, 7digital, NDL and GTN UK.

Siobhan Kenny, Chief Executive of RadioCentre said: “The Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards are a great opportunity for commercial radio to showcase the breadth and diversity of its output and this year’s bag of entries is no exception. Standards are relentlessly high and competition stiff – which will make for an exciting evening in July.”

Ben Hart, Head of Commercial Radio at Arqiva said: “Congratulations to all those who have been nominated this year. As ever, the calibre of talent is very high and we wish everyone the best of luck, in what looks set to be a fantastic 2015 awards.”

Heart London breakfast presenters Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton will host the awards on the evening of Wednesday July 8th at the Camden Roundhouse in London. There will also be live music performances by special guests to be announced nearer the event.

There are a total of 24 categories, including PPL Breakthrough UK Artist of the Year, PPL Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio and a new award for 2015, the Innovation Award for the best ‘new idea’ whether digital, station operation, or ways to generate more revenue.

Tickets for the awards will go on sale on May 21st.

The 2015 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards – Nominations

Presenter of the Year (under 2 Million TSA) - Sponsored by View Quest

Presenter of the Year (over 2 Million TSA) - Sponsored by Ipsos Mori

Programmer of the Year - Sponsored by RCS

Unsung Hero of the Year - Sponsored by GES

Journalist of the Year (Ali Booker Memorial Award)

Station of the Year (<500,000 TSA) - Sponsored by PRS for Music

Station of the Year (500,000 to 2M TSA) - Sponsored by PRS for Music

Station of the Year (2 Million + TSA) - Sponsored by PRS for Music

Breakfast Show of the Year (under 2 Million TSA) - Sponsored by Pure Digital

  • 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 & 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

  • Composed Classic FM
  • Bin Weevils Partnership Fun Kids
  • Jack to Control the Music JACK 2
  • Project Banana Absolute Radio
  • Share Radio Share Radio

Marketing Award

  • Classic FM Interactive Classic FM
  • The Free Radio Phantom Free Radio
  • The Picadillys 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 of the Year

  • British Gas
  • IKEA
  • McDonald’s

Media Agency of the Year - Sponsored by GTN UK

  • Carat
  • MEC
  • MediaCom
  • OMD
  • RadioWorks

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

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