Arqiva Awards to mark 40 years of UK commercial radio

Paul Williams
Arqiva Awards to mark 40 years of UK commercial radio

The 2013 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards are now open for entries as the event also prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of UK commercial radio.

Some 24 categories make up this year's event, which will take place on July 3 at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza in London. The closing date for entries is Friday, March 8.

Among the categories will be the PPL-sponsored UK Artist of the Year and Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio, while other prizes up for grabs will include the RCS Programmer of the Year.

The 2013 event comes in a year in which the UK commercial radio sector celebrates 40 years since the launch of its first stations, LBC and Capital. This will be reflected at the RadioCentre-organised event with the Commercial Radio Roll of Honour telling the sector's story via what are being billed as 40 legends, artists, progarmmers, power-brokers and DJs. Who is included will be identified at the July 3 ceremony.

RadioCentre chiefe executive Andrew Harrison said: “The Awards this year will be particularly special, as they will not only be celebrating our industry’s strengths and successes, but will also be marking the 40th anniversary of commercial radio, in what will be a spectacular evening.” 

Event sponsor Arqiva's head of commercial radio Ben Hart said: "We are delighted to be sponsoring the awards again this year.  They are a fantastic celebration of all that is great about the commercial radio industry and, in this 40th year, we’re particularly pleased to be deepening our relationship with the event and the industry.”

Chair of the judges this year will be Lisa Kerr, the RadioCentre's former director of strategy.

She said: “It's a real honour to be the new chair of judges for the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, taking over from John Myers who has done a great job for the past four years.  I've entered, judged and attended the awards for more years than I care to remember and believe that, today, they are without doubt the best night of the year in the commercial radio calendar.”


Tags: ppl, Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, Andrew Harrison, Ben Hart, Lisa Kerr

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