Local Radio and the Independent sector pick up the Big Awards at the Arqiva supported ARIAS 2018

Podcasters, local radio and the independent sector challenged the big networked radio groups at this year’s Audio & Radio Industry Awards (ARIAS), picking up some of the evening’s biggest awards.

Ronan Keating picking up Best New Presenter for Magic Radio

Ronan Keating picking up Best New Presenter for Magic Radio

Last week (18 October), at a star-studded ceremony at the first direct Arena in Leeds, it was a great night for the local radio and independent sector, picking up Golds in a number of the big categories.

Magic Radio picked up Gold for Best Commercial Promotion and Best New Presenter also went to Magic Radio’s Ronan Keating. Best Community Programming was won by Absolute Radio’s Frank Skinner in Conversation with Al Gore.

The Arqiva sponsored categories for Best Local Radio Show and Best Commercial Promotion were picked up by David Burns from BBC Radio Humberside and The Greatest Showman by Magic Radio respectively.

The Best National Station/Network of the Year went to BBC Radio 1, who also picked up Gold for the Best Station Sound with BBC Radio 1 Vintage.

Team of the Year went to Cash for Kids, Bauer Radio’s network of local charities operating across 22 areas of the UK and Individual of the Year was handed to Paul Sylvester, Content Director at Absolute Radio. Both these categories were voted on by members of the Radio Academy.

The awards were hosted by Melvin Odoom and Pandora of Kiss FM, with live performances on the night from top artists including Tony Hadley and Sophie Ellis- Bextor, 808 State, Poppy Adjula and winners of Local Music Live, Cosovettes. The awards, organised by the Radio Academy and supported by LeedsBID (Business Improvement District), are the audio and radio industry’s prestigious flagship awards.

A total of 23 awards were handed out, recognising innovation and excellence across all audio mediums and celebrating the very best of the industry.

“We were delighted to support the ARIAS again this year. It is very important to us to see the immense talent in the industry celebrated – and the ARIAS provides the perfect platform to do just that. It was exciting to see such a wide range of winners, particularly from the local radio and independent sector – congratulations to everyone involved and of course all of the winners!"

“In another fantastic ARIAS ceremony, it was great to see the awards are no longer dominated by the big Networks, with the rise of the Podcast, the resurgence of the quality in local radio and the indies coming up hard on the rails. The ARIAS have this year proved that the best in innovation is happening outside London, on which note, we are delighted to be back in Leeds for the third year with our partners, LeedsBID at the first direct arena for another fantastic celebration.”

The full list of the winners can be found below:

ARIAS winners 2018 Category




Best New Show/Podcast

You, Me & the Big C

BBC Radio 5 Live

Death in Ice Valley

BBC World Service

I Hear Voices

BBC Newsbeat

Best Sports Show

Mo-Joe: An 18 Week Marathon Training Diary

7 Digital

Fight Disciples

On The Left Side – The Funny Football Show

Best News Coverage

Emma Barnett Show – Real Life Stories

BBC Radio 5 Live

BBC Radio Leeds

We Stand Together: The Manchester Arena Attack One Year On

Tower FM

Best New Presenter

Ronan Keating – Magic Radio

Mollie King – BBC Radio 1

Kat Harbourne & Jenny Eells – The Naked Podcast –

BBC Radio Sheffield

Best Speech Presenter – Breakfast

Stephen Nolan – BBC Radio Ulster

Nicky Campbell & Rachel Burden – BBC Radio 5 Live

Mishal Hussain – BBC Radio 4

Best Music Presenter – Breakfast

The Pulse 1 Breakfast Show with Mylo & Rosie

The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw

The 1Xtra Breakfast Show with Dotty

Best Speech Presenter – Non Breakfast

Justin Dealey – BBC Eastern Counties

Tony Livesey – BBC Radio 5 Live

Anna Foster – BBC Radio 5 Live

Best Music Presenter – Non Breakfast

Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2 - Folded Wing

Trevor Nelson on BBC Radio 2 – Somethin’ Else

Edith Bowman: Soundtracking with Edith Bowman – Elbow Productions

Best Specialist Music Show

Soundtracking with Edith Bowman Ebow Productions

Annie Mac - BBC Radio 1

Soundscapes with Stephen McCauley BBC Radio Ulster

Funniest Show

Fortunately…..with Fi & Jane - BBC Radio 4

International New Year Comedy Celebration –

BBC World Service

John Holmes Saturday Show - BBC Radio Kent

Best Podcast


Health Uncovered - This Is Distorted with the NHS

Double Bubble - PRA Productions

Best Coverage of an Event

An Accent Exceedingly Rare: A Love Letter to Liverpool - BBC Merseyside

Manchester - Together With One Voice - XS Manchester

Gregathlon: Pedal To The Peaks - BBC Radio 1

Best Fictional Storytelling

Double Bubble - PRA Productions

The World’s Worst Children 3 by David Walliams Harper Collins Publishers

The Final Take: Bowie In The Studio for BBC World Service - Perfectly Normal Productions

Best Station Sound

BBC Radio 1 Vintage - BBC Radio Pop Hub Station Sound

Absolute Radio

Belfast is …….. - Q Radio

Best Factual Storytelling

Meeting The Man I Killed - Loftus Media

Between The Ears: The NHS Symphony - BBC Radio Documentaries

The Sound of Protest - Absolute Radio

Best Marketing Campaign

Common People - BBC Radio Sheffield

The 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia – talkSport

The Dave Berry Breakfast Show - Absolute Radio

Best Commercial Promotion

The Greatest Showman - Magic Radio

The 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia on talkSport with Just Eat

Absolute Radio & Wickes

Best Local Radio Show

David Burns - BBC Radio Humberside

Wake Up with Webster - Tay FM

Stephanie Hirst - BBC Radio Leeds

Local Station of the Year

BBC Radio Leeds

Forth 1

BBC Radio Merseyside

Best Community Programming

Frank Skinner in Conversation with Al Gore - Absolute Radio

The Helen & Douglas House Radiothon - JACKfm Oxfordshire

BBC Asian Network at Mulberry Girls School, Tower Hamlets

National Station/Network of the Year

BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 5 Live

Absolute Radio