ABC Radio National won ten of the eleven decorative microphones won by the ABC at the New York Festivals® Radio Program & Promotion Awards.
Established in 1982, the competition honors the most innovative work in radio broadcasting, with entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from around the globe. This year’s Grand Jury selected 196 entries representing 22 countries as Finalists.
Director of Radio Kate Dundas said RN program makers should feel extremely proud of their work, which has been recognised in this international award.“We’re pleased RN has been awarded three gold, two silver and four bronze medals for the world’s best radio at this prestigious international festival. This is wonderful recognition for our program makers who work so hard to create engaging content for our listeners, and it’s a testament for which they should feel extremely proud.”
Acting Station Manager Amanda Armstrong commended RN’s program makers.
“These New York Festival awards recognise original story telling across genres and forms, and are a welcome recognition of the creative imagination and skills of our production teams. Congratulations to everyone involved in making these world-class programs for 360documentaries, Awaye! and Airplay. These awards demonstrate RN’s distinctive contribution to arts and culture in Australia and abroad.”
From RN’s 360documentaries segment, the program ‘Birdland’, created by Gretchen Miller & Russell, Stapleton won a gold medal in the Environmental and Ecological category. This program explored the importance of birds to Australians, and the potential impact on Australians if they were gone.
Also from 360documentaries, ‘A Sense of Duty’, created by Heather Stewart, Claudia Taranto & Phil McKellar, won a gold medal in the Social Issues/Current Events category. This program followed a victim of sexual abuse by an Anglican Priest in the 1970s, when he was aged between 14 and 16, and recounts his 20 year process to hold the Church legally accountable. This program also won the bronze medal in the Best Human Interest Story category.
From RN’s Drama segment, the program ‘La Boheme, Baz Lurhmann and the Australian Opera Company – A Sound Engineer’s Story’, created by Libby Douglas & Russell Stapleton, was awarded a gold medal in the documentary category. This program followed RN’s Craig Preston, who was the lead sound engineer recording Baz Lurhmann and the Australian Opera’s production of La Boheme at the Sydney Opera House in 1993.
Below is the list of Australian winners. CLICK HERE for a full list of international finalists.