New York radio awards 2018 Australian winners

Nine winners announced. 

Australian finalists were selected in 19 categories for the New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs, with 9 winners announced at the awards held in New York City overnight. 

NYF’s International Radio Program Awards for The World’s Best Radio Programs honours radio content in all lengths and formats and across all platforms from radio stations, networks and independent producers from around the globe.

Guardian Australia collected a Grand Award and gold for podcast ‘The Reckoning’, an investigation of Australia’s child sex abuse commission, presented by David Marr and Melissa Davey. 

“It’s thrilling to see The Reckoning win both the Gold and Grand awards. The podcast dealt with child abuse in institutions and it can be easy to turn away from these stories, to think that it all happened in the past and it couldn’t happen again. The most important thing we can do is ensure their stories are never forgotten and put pressure on governments, churches and other organisations to be held accountable,” said Miles Martignoni, Podcast Producer, Guardian Australia.

Australian broadcaster Joel Carnegie took out “Best Announcer Presentation” and a silver award for best “History” show for his work on the ABC Radio National documentary “Fairy Investigation Society” – a story of a secretive society set up to investigate fairy sightings in the UK, with Carnegie travelling to Italy and Ireland. 

“The awards acknowledge the best radio programs from around the world, and I’m really excited and super grateful to receive these awards. Who would have thought that a seemingly far-fetched documentary about a society hunting for fairies would attract worldwide acclaim!” said Carnegie. 

A finalist in seven categories, 2SER 107.3 picked up silver and bronze for ‘Just Words’ in the News Report/Features and Best Writing categories; bronze for the ABC’s ‘Orchids Bloom’ in Best Sports Feature, while the ABC’s Nance Haxton collected silver and bronze gongs for ‘Blackbirding’ in the Documentary category. 

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