July 09, 2015
ONCE AGAIN, THE ARQIVA AWARDS LIGHT UP THE NIGHT!
This blog has been contributed by Monica Rodriguez, our summer media assistant.
Proudly celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, represent the biggest celebration of UK commercial radio with over 600 attendees, including celebrities and DJs from over 200 stations.
The evening of Wednesday, July 8th was lit up at the Camden Roundhouse in London with first-time awards hosts Jamie Theakson and the lovely Emma Bunton, presenters of Heart London’s Breakfast. A whopping seventy-two awards were presented as well performances from former JLS singer Aston Merrygold, Alesha Dixon and Nathan Sykes.
This year, there were two big winners who took home the gold. Leading Britain’s Conversation, LBC, took home three Gold awards including Station of the Year (2 Million+ TSA). Along with this, Nick Ferrari was awarded for Presenter of the Year (2million+ TSA) followed by Tom Swarbrick for Journalist of the Year in the Ali Booker memorial prize.
Another big winner was Absolute Radio who took home three Gold awards, in the Specialist Programme of the Year category with Rock n Roll Football, Single Programme or Broadcast of the Year with The Clarke Carlisle Story. Their biggest win came to former awards host Christian O’Connell who received the official Arqiva Gold Award.
Two Gold awards were presented to some of Britain’s biggest stars – Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran; Smith taking Breakthrough UK Artist of the Year and Sheeran taking Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio.
Other Gold award winners include Trev & Caroline from 106 JACK FM who took home Presenter of the Year (under 2m TSA), Programmer of the Year winner Andy Roberts with KISS, and News Coverage of the Year winner BOB FM Hertfordshire News Team.
The biggest recognition of the night came to Richard Wheatley of Jazz FM who posthumously received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifetime contribution to commercial radio.