News from Radio New Zealand
Radio New Zealand has won all four categories in the Best Spoken Programmes section of the 2014 New Zealand Radio Awards announced this evening. Radio New Zealand has also won both New Zealand Produced Music Programme Awards.
Other significant awards include Peter Fowler for Best Individual Radio Journalist and Stephen Hewson for Best Individual Sports Journalist.
Radio New Zealand Winners:
Individual Radio Journalist of the Year – Peter Fowler
Best Music Feature – Gareth Watkins for Carmen I Am Here, I Am Me
Best Recorded Live Music Event – Nick Atkinson and Andre Upston for Silver Scrolls 2013
Best Documentary or Feature Programme – Justin Gregory for Tim Prebble
Best Daily or Weekly Feature under 1 Hour – Nick Atkinson for The Music Mix
Best Daily or Weekly Feature over 1 Hour – The Morning Report Team for Morning Report
Best Dramatic Production – Adam Macaulay and the drama team for The Train Set
Best Individual Sports Journalist – Stephen Hewson
Best Studio or Outside Broadcast Recording – Adrian Hollay for Messa Da Requium NZSO Concert
The New Zealand Radio Awards celebrate the very best in New Zealand radio and are open to all commercial and non- commercial stations.
The award announcements come after the latest Nielsen Media Trends research report confirmed that Radio New Zealand National was the top ranking radio station in New Zealand for the third successive year.
Press Release – Mediaworks
MediaWorks Radio dominated the 2014 NZ Radio Awards; taking home the lion’s share of the major trophies, including Station of the Year, Broadcaster of the Year, Best Music Breakfast Show, Best Music Non-Breakfast Show, Best Radio Website, Best Newsreader, Best New Broadcaster – Journalist, Best New Broadcaster – On Air Personality, and Sales Team of the Year.
The Edge was named Network Station of the Year, the first time the station has won the coveted trophy. The Edge’s Jay-Jay Feeney, Mike Puru and Dom Harvey were celebrated as best-in-class, winning the inaugural Sir Paul Holmes Broadcaster of the Year award, Best Music Breakfast Show – Metropolitan, and ‘The Blackie’, awarded in memory of Kevin Black for a ‘golden moment’ in Radio.
The Rock’s Jono Pryor and Robert Taylor were named Best Music non-Breakfast hosts – Metropolitan, and therock.net.nz also retained the Best Radio Website Award, a category it has won every year.
Hilary Barry was named Best Newsreader, and her RadioLIVE colleague, Lloyd Barr took home the award for Best New Broadcaster – Journalist.
MediaWorks strength in Local Radio was evident with The Breeze Wellington awarded Station of the Year – Surveyed Market, and More FM Taupo winning Station of the Year – Non-Surveyed Market.
More FM also took home Best Music Breakfast Show – Regional (Mike West, Gareth Pringle and Renee Pink, More FM Manawatu); Best Music Non-Breakfast Host – Regional (Blair Kiddey, More FM Nelson); and Best Music Host – Provincial (Andrew Leiataua, More FM Taupo), and Extended Community Campaign or Contribution (More FM Dunedin). Renee Pink was named Best New Broadcaster – On Air Personality.
A clean sweep of the Sales awards saw MediaWorks Auckland named Metropolitan Sales Team of the Year, and MediaWorks Tauranga win Regional or Provincial Sales Team of the Year. The Edge won Best Client Digital Promotion, Best Direct Client Campaign, and Best Station Digital Promotion, and The Rock was awarded Best Single Commercial, best Promotional Trailer and Best Station Imaging.
MediaWorks Radio CEO Wendy Palmer says: “This is a fantastic night for MediaWorks Radio and the industry as a whole. I’m incredibly proud of all our winners and finalists across the board.”