Audio nominations for this year’s 50th BPG Awards

Old favourites, new voices and investigative reporting celebrated in BPG Audio award nominations

Long-time radio favourites, brand-new podcasts and superb investigative reporting are among the nominations for this year’s Broadcasting Press Guild Audio Awards.

The Presenter of the Year shortlist includes broadcasting legend Ken Bruce, political podcaster supreme Rory Stewart and audio star of Sunday mornings Cerys Matthews, while the radio programme nominations centre on heavy hitting shows both in the commercial sphere and within BBC Radio. Meanwhile the latest The Rest Is… franchise does battle with a moving story of a group of friends living with a degenerative disease for the best podcast prize.

The chair of the BPG audio jury, journalist Simon O’Hagan, said this year’s judging committee produced amazingly talented lists in all three categories: “The quality and range of British audio presenters, radio programmes and podcasts just keeps on improving year-on-year and any one of our nominees would have made a worthy winner – the final votes by the judges was that close.”

The BPG Television, Streaming & Audio Awards are given for work commissioned or produced in the UK and broadcast in 2023. These prizes are highly valued by programme-makers because they are chosen independently by TV and audio writers, correspondents and critics. The 50th annual BPG Awards lunch is an invitation-only event to be held at The Royal Horseguards Hotel at 2 Whitehall Court in Whitehall, London, on Thursday 21st March 2024. We are delighted that this special occasion is being sponsored by some of the most influential names in the industry: BBC Studios, Netflix, Pact, Prime Video and Warner Bros. Discovery. 

The Radio Programme of the Year category recognises the very strongest personalities at the microphone. James O’Brien’s LBC show holds guests and phone-in listeners accountable on a daily basis; journalist and Times Radio presenter Matt Chorley tackles serious politics – and so much more – with real humour; The Briefing Room on BBC Radio 4 offers a vital public service as David Aaronovitch explains and interrogates the big issues of the day; while The Great Post Office Trial, also on BBC Radio 4, saw Nick Wallis return to his investigation into the largest miscarriage of justice in UK legal history pushing the story back into the public consciousness even before 2024’s ITV drama hit the headlines.

The five nominations in the UK Podcast of the Year category cover the widest possible range of topics – from entertainment and history to politics and living with illness. The Rest Is…Entertainment is the latest hit from Goalhanger Podcasts, as the dream pairing of Marina Hyde and Richard Osman take a deep dive into everything showbiz; Movers and Shakers (Podot) saw Jeremy Paxman – recipient of the BPG’s Harvey Lee Award in 2023 – return to broadcasting alongside Rory Cellan-Jones, Gillian Lacey-Solmar and others to take a humorous and deeply honest look at living with Parkinson’s disease; Empire (Goalhanger Podcasts) receives a second consecutive nomination for hosts Anita Anand and William Dalrymple’s fascinating stories of world history; while I’m Not A Monster Series 2: The Shamima Begum Story (BBC Sounds) is an intelligent look at the story of the young woman who left the UK to join the Islamic State group.

The Audio Presenter of the Year nominees are a nod to both the worlds of radio and podcasts. Ken Bruce had a huge year in 2023 with the Popmaster leaving his beloved BBC Radio 2 show after more than 40 years at the Corporation and bringing a huge audience with him to Greatest Hits Radio; Cerys Matthews continued to hit the high spots with a range of music and guests on her hugely popular Sunday morning show on BBC Radio 6 Music; India Rakusen is among the nominees for the second consecutive year, this time as a presenter for the critically acclaimed podcast Witch – a worthy follow up to hit series 28ish Days Later; Rory Stewart made friends and influenced listeners from across the political spectrum as co-host of Goalhanger’s The Rest Is… Politics; and John Wilson is nominated for his superb work with some of the world’s leading artists and creatives in This Cultural Life.

The Broadcasting Press Guild marks its 50th anniversary this year. The Guild began in 1974 and, as part of its celebrations, has compiled a list of the Top 50 Landmark TV Programmes. Full details will be revealed later throughout the media and on the Guild’s website http://www.broadcastingpressguild.org.

Further information from Adrian Lobb, BPG, 07986 379 452 or adrianlobb1@gmail.com

 

More About the Awards

  1. The winners of the Audio Awards will be announced at the 50th BPG Awards lunch on Thursday 21st March 2024, at The Royal Horseguards Hotel at 2 Whitehall Court in Whitehall, London. In addition, The Harvey Lee Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting and two BPG Jury Prizes will be presented at the same time.
  2. The BPG X/Twitter handle for the Awards is #BPGAwards @BPGPressGuild.  
  3. The BPG Television, Streaming and Audio Awards are presented for work commissioned or premiered in the UK and broadcast in 2023.
  4. The Broadcasting Press Guild was founded in 1974 and has more than 110 members. They are journalists who specialise in covering television, streaming, audio, radio podcasts and the media, and include critics, previewers, media correspondents and feature writers from national newspapers, broadcasters and leading trade journals and online publishers. The BPG celebrates its 50th year in 2024.
  5. Previous winners of the BPG Radio/Audio Broadcaster award include Aasmah Mir, Clara Amfo, Alistair Cooke, Sir Terry Wogan, Sue Lawley, Samira Ahmed, James O’Brien, Jane Garvey, Emma Barnett, Nick Ferrari, Eddie Mair, Lauren Laverne, Jonathan Ross, Evan Davis, Simon Mayo, Kirsty Young, Brian Redhead, Sir Mark Tully, Sandy Toksvig, John Finnemore, Michael Buerk, Susannah Simons and Marianna Spring.
    (For more details/photos, see  http://www.broadcastingpressguild.org/).
  1. BBC Studios, Netflix, Pact, Prime Video and Warner Bros. Discovery are supporters of this year’s Awards (see below for more details).

 

The full list of Audio Nominations for the 50th BPG Awards is:

Radio Programme Of The Year

James O’Brien (LBC)

Matt Chorley (Times Radio)

The Briefing Room (BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds)

The Great Post Office Trial (BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds)

 

Audio Presenter Of The Year              

Ken Bruce (Greatest Hits Radio)

Cerys Matthews (BBC Radio 6 Music)

India Rakusen (BBC Radio 4)

Rory Stewart (Goalhanger Podcasts)

John Wilson (BBC Radio 4)

 

Podcast Of The Year

The Rest Is…Entertainment (Goalhanger Podcasts)

Movers and Shakers (Podot)             

Empire (Goalhanger Podcasts)

I’m Not A Monster Series 2: The Shamima Begum Story (BBC Sounds) 

 

Note to Editors: Information about our sponsors

BBC Studios is a world-renowned content studio and channels & streaming business, powered by British creativity, with a reach that touches audiences in every corner of the globe. BBC Studios is sponsoring the BPG Awards Red Carpet.

Netflix is one of the world’s leading entertainment services with over 260 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, films, and games across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can play, pause and resume watching, as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, and can change their plans at any time. Netflix is co-sponsor of the BPG Awards Drinks Reception.

Pact is the UK screen sector trade body representing and supporting independent production and distribution companies. Pact is sponsoring the BPG for the second consecutive year and is co-sponsor of the BPG Awards 2024 Drinks Reception.

Prime Video membership provides access to thousands of popular movies, TV shows, award-winning Originals, sports, and exclusive channels like discovery+, STARZPLAY, and Paramount+, with the added benefit of special deals for Prime Video members using the rent and buy feature to access new-release movies and TV series. Prime Video is sponsoring two BPG Talent Awards: BPG Emerging Creators Award and the BPG Breakthrough Award.

Warner Bros. Discovery is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates and distributes the world’s most differentiated and complete portfolio of content and brands across television, film, streaming and games with globally known brands including CNN, Cartoon Network, Discovery Channel, Friends, Harry Potter, HBO, TNT Sports. In the UK & Ireland WBD brings audiences 22 linear channels and is the streaming home of factual entertainment and premium sport through discovery+. 

WBD UK & Ireland is a proud supporter of the BPG Awards for the second consecutive year sponsoring the Harvey Lee Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting.

 

ENDS