Radio Academy Awards

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The Radio Academy Awards, started in 1983, are some of the most prestigious awards in the British radio industry.[1] They were run by ZAFER Associates but are now under the control of The Radio Academy. The categories for the awards are decided by an annual committee, with the aim to include all the main areas from music, news and speech through to radio drama, comedy and sport, and not discriminating against station size, or niche categories.

The awards are generally referred to by the name of their first sponsor, Sony, as Sony Awards, Sony Radio Awards or variations; in August 2013, Sony announced the end of its sponsorship agreement with The Radio Academy after 32 years. Consequently, the awards will be named The Radio Academy Awards and a new sponsor found.[2] In November 2014, it was announced that The Radio Academy would be axing the annual awards altogether, and looking for other ways to recognise achievement.[3]



  1. Sean Street (30 August 2009). The A to Z of British Radio. Scarecrow Press. p. 257. ISBN 978-0-8108-6847-2. Retrieved 25 March 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Sony pulls out of radio award sponsorship". BBC News Online. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Radio Academy scraps annual awards". BBC News Online. 7 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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