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NYF Radio Awards 2016: Radio City wins Gold as India scoops up 11 metals

Radio City shines with a Gold (Suno Na Dilli), Silver and Bronze. Fever and Red FM win 3 Bronze medals each. BBC wins Broadcaster of the Year

NYF Radio Awards 2016: Radio City wins Gold as India scoops up 11 metals

Radio City shines with a Gold (Suno Na Dilli), Silver and Bronze. Fever and Red FM win 3 Bronze medals each. BBC wins Broadcaster of the Year

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | June 21, 2016


New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, honouring the World’s Best Radio Programs, announced this year’s award winners at the 2016 Radio Program Awards Gala yesterday at New York City’s Manhattan Penthouse.

Indian radio stations won a total of 11 awards including a Gold, a Silver and nine Bronze awards. The only Gold was won by Radio City for its “Suno Na Dilli” programme in Best/Talk Interview Special category. The station also won a Silver and a Bronze medal.

Fever FM and Red FM bagged 3 Bronze awards each while My FM and Radio Mirchi won a Bronze each.

The title of Broadcaster of the Year was awarded to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). London-based TBI Media earned Production Company of the Year. The 2016 Grand Jury honoured Athena Media, the BBC, and TBI Media with the Grand Award.

The BBC also earned 1 Grand Award, 7 Gold trophies, 7 Silver, 5 Bronze, 5 Finalist Certificates and two UNDPI Awards (1 Silver trophy and 1 Bronze).

Helen Boaden, Director of BBC Radio, said, “These awards celebrate the power of radio and how it allows us to tell remarkable stories, share exhilarating performances and connect to audiences with an intimacy and passion unique to our medium. It’s a huge honour to be named Broadcaster of the Year and also humbling to see BBC Radio represented alongside such an impressive range of programmes and broadcasters in many categories. We are truly grateful for this award and I am incredibly proud of the creative ambition of our programme makers who have earned it. It is their flair, skill and commitment which enable us to bring some of best content in the world to our audiences in the UK and around the world.”

The BBC earned the 2016 Grand Award for Information/Documentary for “A New Life in Europe,” an intimate account of one Syrian family’s journey as they crossed the Aegean to seek refuge in Europe. BBC reporter Manveen Rana followed the family as they negotiated the trials and difficulty of getting to Europe and the pressures on the family as they try to settle in to their new home.

TBI Media UK received the Production Company of the Year Award.  “The Battle of Britain at 75” TBI with Snappin’ Turtle Productions earned the Grand Award for Special Event. The live program was a complex musical undertaking featuring narration, live drama and archive footage supplemented with newly recorded thoughts of veterans and a soundtrack featuring over 100 musicians. The cast was led by Simon Callow playing Sir Winston Churchill. TBI also earned 8 Gold trophies, 1 Silver trophy and 2 Finalist Certificates.

“The Kinder Letters” from Athena Media, Ireland, took home the Grand Award in the History category for their documentary that captures a rare glimpse of post-war Europe through the microcosm of a children’s book.

“This year’s entries focused on the critical issues facing our world today, from breaking news to documentaries to investigative journalism. On every platform, there’s a real engagement in what’s happening,” said Rose Anderson, Executive Director of New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards.

News coverage was front and centre focusing on topics and events unfolding around the globe. Gold trophy winners for Best Investigative report: include: “ISIS: Young, British and Radicalised” Snappin' Turtle Productions UK; “The Closed Room” Swedish Radio. The Best News Documentary or Special category Gold trophy winners include: “ISIS: Young, British and Radicalised” Snappin’ Turtle Productions UK and “7/7: London Remembers I The LBC Documentary” Global Radio UK. Global Radio also earned a Gold trophy for “Britain Decides I LBC” for Best Coverage of Ongoing News Story.

Entries in Talk Radio categories were in the winner’s circle. “Suno Na Dilli” Radio City India earned the Gold trophy for Best/Talk Interview Special, and “Think Out Loud: At Home with ALS” Radio New Zealand earned a Silver trophy. In addition, “Up Close & Far Out with Michael Harrison” Goodphone Communications USA was honoured with a Bronze trophy.

Three New documentary categories provided a platform for those with a distinctive voice and point of view. Compelling Biography/Profile entries earned Gold trophies including: “Steve, David and Goliath” Australian Broadcasting Corporation, “30 Years Man And Boy, A Calmer Chameleon: The Boy George Story” Magnum Opus Broadcasting UK. Silver trophy winners include “Conversations” Bell Media Canada, and “Arthur Miller - Speaking Of New York” Just Radio Ltd., UK and “Encountering Marina Abramovi?- Artist and Icon, ABC Radio National Australia. In addition, In the Climate Change & Sustainability category, the BBC was honoured with a Silver trophy for “In the Balance: The Climate Debates.”

Gold trophy winners in the Music Documentary category include: “Vocal Chords: The Odyssey of the Voice with Iarla Ó’Lionáird” Athena Media, Ireland, and “The Story of the Byrds” Document Media, UK. Entries earning Silver trophies: “Sinatra in the UK 1953” Trevor Dann’s Company, UK; “Bring It On Home: Led Zeppelin in the West Midlands” Birmingham City University, UK; and “Somebody Did It Better, presented by Miss Moneypenny” BBC UK. “Sounds to Illustrate Dreams: The Lullaby: The Untold Stories of Lullabies” KBS South Korea earned a Bronze trophy.

Multiple programmes earning Gold trophies in Best Music Special include: “Song Travels: Home for the Holidays” South Carolina Public Radio, “VE Day at 70” and “The Battle of Britain at 75” both created by UK-based TBI Media with Snappin’ Turtle Productions.

Audio dramas were recognized for creativity and drew attention to the international nature of drama. Gold trophy winners: “Peace in Our Time - Noël Coward” Digital Drama UK and Issues “John Lennon: Verbatim” Culture & the Arts, Des Shaw UK.  Swedish Radio’s “As If By Magic” received a Bronze trophy.  “As If By Magic “also earned a Gold trophy for Best Children/Young Adult Program.  In addition, “Visitors” - an original new drama by Emma Samms, BBC UK earned a Bronze trophy.

Entries in the Craft categories received top honours. Best Sound entries scored multiple Golds including: “Wise Buddah Jingles Portfolio 2015/16” Wise Buddah UK and “Making Up; eleven scenes from a Bangkok Hotel” RMIT University Australia, RMIT’s entry also received a second Gold for Best Writing.  Both “The Vinyl Cafe in Chicago” The Vinyl Café Canada, and The ANZAC Centenary Tribute” CBA New Zealand each received Gold trophies for Best Writing.

New York Festivals, in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Public Information, established the United Nations Awards in 1990 to honour programmes highlighting global concerns of interest to the UN. The 2016 UNDPI winners: “Für ein Stück Glück” Orf Austrian Broadcasting Corporation earned the UNDPI Gold Award, “Ebola: Winning the Battle in Sierra Leone” BBC UK earned the UNDPI Silver Award, and “A New Life in Europe” BBC UK earned the UNDPI Bronze Award.

To view all of the 2016 New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs, please visit: HERE.

Indian winners at NYF Radio Awards 2016

Category Title Entrant Award
Best Talk/Interview Special SUNO NA DILLI Radio City 91.1 Gold
Community Service Abki Baar De Do Akhbaar Radio City 91.1 Silver
Community Service Dil Deke Dekho Radio City 91.1 Bronze
Best Audio Book – Fiction Sunday Suspense Presents – The Hound of the Baskervilles Entertainment Network India Limited Bronze
Best Human Interest Story Phir Maregi Nirbhaya (Nirbhaya will die again) DB Corp Ltd - Radio Division Bronze
Best Human Interest Story Morning No.1 with Disha Oberoi KAL Radio Limited Bronze
Best Innovation Ek Kahaani Aisi Bhi- Season 3 Digital Radio (Kolkata) Broadcasting Limited Bronze
Best Sound Fever Prastuti ‘Sainath Sabka Malik Ek’ HT Media Ltd Bronze
Best Two Way Telephone Talk/Interview Show Women Diaries South Asia FM Limited Bronze
Public Service Announcement Promotion Fever 104 FM says “Ambulance First” HT Media Ltd Bronze
Social Issues Fever 104 FM says “Ambulance First” HT Media Ltd Bronze

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