The winners of the 2014 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards were announced on 3 July at a star-studded ceremony at London’s Westminster Bridge Park Plaza Hotel.

Top artists, Olly Murs and Ella Eyre performed live at the ceremony, hosted by Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell. The awards, now in their 19th year and organised by RadioCentre, are the biggest celebration of commercial radio, marking achievement from presenters and programming to advertising and marketing.

It was Absolute Radio’s night, picking up four gongs – three of them going to Awards host, Christian O’Connell - for Presenter of the Year (over 2m TSA); Breakfast Show of the Year (over 2m TSA), sponsored by Reelworld and Christian O’Connell’s 40 List winning Feature of the Year. Absolute Radio also picked up Radio Station Event of the Year for the Absolute Radio Sessions.

That awards tally was closely followed by LBC who scooped three gongs – for Single Programme or Broadcast of the Year for The Funeral of Margaret Thatcher, the Social Action Initiative Award for Slavery on our Streets and for the second year running, LBC were awarded Station of the Year (over 2m TSA).

Metro Radio’s Steve and Karen also picked up Presenter of the Year (under 2m TSA) for the second year running and Metro Radio’s Chris Pegg was awarded the RCS Programmer of the Year.

Station of the Year (under 500,000 TSA) went to Free Radio (Herefordshire & Worcestershire) and Station of the Year (500,000 to 2M TSA) was awarded to Hallam FM.

News Coverage of the Year was won by Clyde 1 for The Clutha Tragedy and Journalist of the Year (Ali Booker Memorial Award) went to Key 103’s Michelle Livesey.

106JACKfm Oxfordshire scooped Specialist Programme of the Year with The Sunday Roast with Caroline; Breakfast Show of the Year (under 2 Million TSA) went to Capital Breakfast with Matt, Polly & Geraint for Capital South Wales and Classic FM’s Emma Oxborrow won the new award for this year, Unsung Hero.

The Marketing Award went to Heart Gloucestershire for their The Kiss at the Kiss with Cheltenham Art Gallery, and the Captial Extra Launch received the Station Imaging Award.

The NRS Media Local Sales Team of the Year went to Global Radio Manchester, with the National Sales Award going to XFM for Begin with a Bulmers. Heinz picked up Advertiser of the Year and Media Agency of the Year went to PHD.

The PPL Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio was awarded to Olly Murs who performed hits from his latest album Right Place Right Time live on the evening. PPL Breakthrough UK Artist of the Year went to Naughty Boy who collected his award in person at the ceremony.

The RadioCentre Chairman’s Award was presented to Dianne Thompson, the Special Award went to Phil Riley, and Grae Allan received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Siobhan Kenny, Chief Executive of RadioCentre commented: “The fantastic line-up of winners and entries for tonight’s awards, covering a vast range of music, news, features, humour and quirkiness, explains exactly why commercial radio is still where people go for fun, entertainment, music and news.”

Ben Hart, Head of Commercial Radio at Arqiva commented: “Congratulations to all the winners tonight who are all well and truly deserving. Congratulations too if you were nominated - as the years go by I never fail to be impressed by the sheer volume and quality of the entries. Thanks to Radiocentre for again putting on such a fun and stunning evening, it was thoroughly enjoyable – looking forward to next year!”

ENDS

For more information please contact Lucy Goodwin at Reputation Communication on: 07961 452558 or email: lucy@reputationcommunications.com

Notes to editors

The Ali Booker Award remembers former winner, journalist Ali Booker, who died of breast cancer in 2010.

The Arqiva Awards are produced and staged by www.cryingoutloud.co.uk

Full list of 2014 winners

  • Presenter of the Year (under 2 Million TSA) Steve & Karen - Metro Radio
  • Presenter of the Year (over 2 Million TSA) Christian O’Connell - Absolute Radio
  • Programmer of the Year – Sponsored by RCS Chris Pegg - Metro Radio
  • Unsung Hero of the Year Emma Oxborrow – Classic FM
  • Journalist of the Year (Ali Booker Memorial Award) Michelle Livesey - Key 103
  • Station of the Year (<500,000 TSA) Free Radio (Herefordshire & Worcestershire)
  • Station of the Year (500,000 to 2M TSA) Hallam FM
  • Station of the Year (2 Million + TSA) LBC
  • Breakfast Show of the Year (under 2 Million TSA) Capital Breakfast with Matt, Polly & Geraint - Capital South Wales
  • Breakfast Show of the Year (over 2 Million TSA) – sponsored by Reelworld The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show - Absolute Radio
  • Feature(s) of the Year Christian O'Connell's 40 List - Absolute Radio
  • Single Programme or Broadcast of the Year The Funeral of Margaret Thatcher - LBC
  • Specialist Programme of the Year The Sunday Roast with Caroline – 106JACKfm (Oxfordshire)
  • Social Action Initiative Slavery on our Streets - LBC
  • Station Imaging Award Captial Xtra Launch
  • News Coverage of the Year The Clutha Tragedy - Radio Clyde News
  • Marketing Award The Kiss at the Kiss with Cheltenham Art Gallery - Heart Gloucestershire
  • Local Sales Team of the Year – Sponsored by NRS Media Global Radio Manchester
  • National Sales Award Begin with a Bulmers – XfM
  • Radio Station Event of the Year The Absolute Radio Sessions - Absolute Radio
  • Advertiser of the Year Heinz
  • Media Agency of the Year PHD
  • PPL Breakthrough UK Artist of the Year Naughty Boy
  • PPL Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio Olly Murs
  • Chairman's Award Dianne Thompson
  • Special Award Phil Riley
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Grae Allan