Chris Evans up against Virgin Breakfast duo in ARIAS nominations

Chris Evans up against Virgin Breakfast duo in ARIAS nominations

The nominations for the 2018 ARIAS (Audio and Radio Industry Awards) have been unveiled.

Outgoing BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans is going up against the Virgin Radio Breakfast duo he's replacing on the network early next year. Evans is nominated alongside Virgin's Sam & Amy, Hallam FM's Big John, Pulse 1's Mylo and Rosie, Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw and 1Xtra's Dotty in the Best Music Presenter - Breakfast category.

Dave Berry has been recognised for his previous Absolute show in multiple categories, including the Best Music Presenter Non-Breakfast category (alongside Edith Bowman, Radio 2's Jamie Cullum, Radio 1's Clara Amfo, Radio 2's Trevor Nelson and Absolute's Andy Bush).

The Best Specialist Music Show category includes nominations for Radio 1's Annie Mac, Edith Bowman, Mike Joyce on XS Manchester and Charlie Sloth on 1Xtra.

The awards, organised by The Radio Academy and supported by LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), recognise talent, innovation and excellence across the entire audio and radio industry. There are a total of 23 award categories, with a Bronze, Silver and Gold winner to be announced from each shortlist on October 18 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. The ceremony will be hosted by Kiss presenters Melvin and Pandora.

ARIAS Chair of Judges, Phil Riley, said: “Year three of the ARIAS and the standard feels even higher, with industry veterans vying with new and upcoming talent in nearly every category. It’s great to see the BBC, commercial, indies, community stations and podcasters all doing so well. Eye-catching nominees include ‘You, me and the Big C’ in best new show and the rivalry, once again between Chris Evans and Sam & Amy in best music breakfast."

The full list of nominees is below.

Best New Presenter
James Bay, Absolute Radio
Kat Harbourne & Jenny Eells, The Naked Podcast, BBC Radio Sheffield
Jessie Ware, Table Manners with Jessie Ware
Brad Paisley, TBI Media for BBC Radio 2
Ronan Keating, Magic Radio
Mollie King, BBC Radio 1

Best New Show/Podcast
Absolute Radio Documentaries, Absolute Radio
You, Me and the Big C, BBC Radio 5 Live
The Dave Berry Show, Absolute Radio
Death in Ice Valley, BBC World Service
Unfiltered with James O’Brien, JOE Media
I Hear Voices, BBC Newsbeat

Best News Coverage:
JACKfm Oxfordshire News
Emma Barnett Show - Real - Life Stories, BBC Radio 5 Live
Metro Radio
BBC Radio Leeds
Capturing the Primal Cry, BBC Cambridgeshire
We Stand Together - The Manchester Arena Attack One Year On, Tower FM

Best Speech Presenter at Breakfast
Alan Brazil, talkSPORT
Andrew Peach, BBC Radio Berkshire
Nicky Campbell and Rachel Burden, BBC Radio 5 Live
Julia Hartley - Brewer, talkRADIO
Stephen Nolan, BBC Radio Ulster
Mishal Husain, BBC Radio 4

Best Speech Presenter - non Breakfast
Justin Dealey, BBC Eastern Counties
Alan Robson, Metro Radio
Anna Foster, BBC Radio 5Live
Eamonn Holmes, talkRADIO
Tony Livesey, BBC Radio 5Live
Adrian Durham, talkSPORT

Best Sports Show/Podcast
Bobby Robson’s Blue and White Army, BBC Radio Suffolk
Mo - Joe: An 18 - week Marathon Training Diary, 7Digital
5 Live Sport
On The Left Side: The Funny Football Show
Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy, BBC Radio 5 Live
Fight Disciples

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
The Isle of Wight Festival, Absolute Radio
Win dsor’s Royal Wedding, BBC Berkshire
Grenfell Anniversary, talkRADIO

Best Music Presenter – Breakfast
Big John @ Breakfast, Hallam FM
The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, BBC Radio 2
The Pulse 1 Breakfast Show with Mylo and Rosie
The 1Xtra Breakfast Show with Dotty
The Radio 1 Breakfast Show With Nick Grimshaw
Virgin Breakfast with Sam & Amy

Funniest Show
Fortunately... with Fi and Jane, BBC Radio 4
Jason Manford, Absolute Radio
International New Year Comedy Celebration, BBC World Service
The Dave Berry Show, Absolute Radio
Jon Holmes Saturday Show, BBC Radio Kent
Matt Richardson, Virgin Radio

Best Music Presenter – non breakfast
Trevor Nelson on BBC Radio 2, Somethin’ Else
Edith Bowman, Soundtracking with Edith Bowman, Ebow Productions
Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2, Folded Wing
Dave Berry, Absolute Radio
Clara Amfo, BBC Radio 1
Andy Bush, Absolute Radio

Best Specialist Music Show
Annie Mac, BBC Radio 1
Soundtracking with Edith Bowman, Ebow Productions
Mike Joyce, XS Manchester
Soundscapes with Stephen McCauley, BBC Radio Ulster
1Xtra's Rap Show with Charlie Sloth
The Sunday Night Music Club, Absolute 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
About a Boy: The Hidden Victims of Grooming, BBC Radio 4
50 Years of the Isle of Wight Festival, Absolute Radio
I Am Unconquered, F orces Radio BFBS

Best Podcast
Happy Place, Fearne Cotton with Rethink Audio
Sex Talk, PRA Productions
Double Bubble, PRA Productions
Health Uncovered, This is Distorted with the NHS
Table Manners with Jessie Ware

Best Fictional Storytelling
Alone On A Wide Wide Sea for BBC Radio 2, 7 Digital
Double Bubble, PRA Productions
Short Works: A Century Of Results on BBC Radio 4, Radio & Music BBC Bristol
The World’s Worst Children 3 by David Walliams, HarperCollins Publishers
The Final Take: Bowie In The Studio for BBC World Service, Perfectly Normal Productions
Shadowbahn, Corporation for Independent Media

Best Station Sound
Absolute Radio
BBC Radio 1 Vintage, BBC Radio Pop Hub Station Sound
Belfast Is…, Q Radio
BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Pop Hub Station Sound
Fire - The Most Hit Music, Celador Radio
Listen to Christmas, BBC Radio 4

Best Commercial Promotion 
Absolute Radio and Sky Cinema
The 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia on talkSPORT with Just Eat
The Greatest Showman, Magic Radio
Spotlight with SSE on Capital Scotland
Absolute Radio and Wickes
NHS Give Blood "Do Something Amazing”, talkSPORT

Best Marketing Campaign
The 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia on talkSPORT
Common People, BBC Radio Sheffield
The Dave Berry Breakfast Show, Absolute Radio
Wimbledon 2018, BBC Creative
Liam Gallagher At Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Absolute Radio
Children In Need 2017, BBC Creative

Best Community Programming
Nottinghamshire's Mayflower Pilgrims, BBC Radio Nottingham
The Helen & Douglas House Radiothon, JACKfm Oxfordshire
Save a Life Campaign, BBC Radio Lincolnshire
Frank Skinner in conversation with Al Gore, Absolute Radio
BBC Asian Network at Mulberry Girls School, Tower Hamlets
Mental Health Minute, A Cross Industry Collaboration

Best Local Radio Show
David Burns, BBC Radio Humberside
Wake Up With Webster, Tay FM
Stephanie Hirst, BBC Radio Leeds
Morning Mix, Zetland FM
Allison Ferns in the Afternoon, BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey
Jeff and Lauren in the Morning, Northsound 1

Local Station of The Year
BBC Radio Leeds
Forth 1
BBC Radio London
Spire FM
BBC Radio Merseyside
Radio Reform

National Station/Network of The Year 
Absolute Radio
BBC Radio 1
Planet Rock
BBC Radio 5Live
BBC Radio 4

Individual of the Year
James O’Brien - Joe Media
Siobhan Kenny – Radio Centre
Neil Sloan - Communicorp UK
Paul Sylvester - Absolute Radio
Helen Thomas - BBC Radio 2
Shane Carey – Reprezent

Team of the Year
Absolute Radio
Cash for Kids
Mental Health Minute
BBC Radio 1 Vintage
Radio Centre

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