Scott Mills to host the ARIAS

Arqiva sponsoring two new award categories.

UK, London, 29 August 2017: BBC Radio 1 presenter, Scott Mills, will host this year’s ARIAS (Audio and Radio Industry Awards), in a glittering ceremony to be held on Thursday 19 October at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

The nominations for this year’s awards will be unveiled on 18 September by Virgin Radio presenters, Kate Lawler and Matt Edmondson, via a streamed video, to be broadcast at midday from the Next Radio conference in London. The stream will also be available to view as live at plus on twitter @radioacademy #UKARIAS17.

The industry’s prestigious flagship awards, organised by The Radio Academy and supported by LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), saw its entry bag almost double this year with an expanded 23 awards up for grabs.

Arqiva, who have come on board as an event partner this year, are also sponsoring two of the new categories, ‘Best New Presenter’ and ‘Best New Show/Podcast’. These awards have been added to the line-up to recognise the rising stars in the radio and audio industry.

“What an honour to be asked to host this year’s ARIAS. I can't wait to help celebrate with you the great output and content from across the audio and radio industries.

Tickets to attend the ARIAS, together with the exclusive after-show party and welcome drinks reception are free to all Radio Academy members. Tickets for Radio Academy members will be released from 01 September, with Radio Academy still accepting new membership applications via its website.

“We received a great response from the industry, with our entries almost doubling from last year. We have broadened the scope and appeal of the awards this year, reaching out to talent across the audio sector, ensuring that craft and innovation across the board is recognised. I’m also delighted to be partnering with LeedsBID and the First Direct Arena in Leeds once more for what promises to be another cracking night.”

“We are delighted to have ARIAS coming back to Leeds, after such a successful launch of the awards here last year.

“Hosting high profile events like this highlight what Leeds has to offer as well focusing the industry’s attention on the city, creating opportunities for businesses and individuals to get involved and attracting more people to visit.”

The ARIAS offer practitioners in the UK radio and audio sector the opportunity to showcase exceptional individual and collective talent across all audio platforms. An eminent judging panel formed of leading industry figures and chaired by Phil Riley, former Chair & CEO of Orion Media, will consider 21 of the entries with a further two categories voted for by Radio Academy members.

“We’re delighted to be involved with the ARIAS this year, and are very much looking forward to what promises to be a fantastic event.

“We provide the network for broadcasters to reach their audiences across the country, and combined with the great content created on a daily basis by talented individuals and teams across the industry, we create the thriving radio industry we have today. This is why it is so vital to us to see the great talent and teams in the industry recognised and celebrated!”

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