A week after GfK’s New Zealand commercial radio survey was released, New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) are celebrating again, winning six of eight premier awards at the 2023 NZ Radio Awards.
Newstalk ZB, the most listened to station in NZ, won Station of the Year – Network. For Newstalk presenters – breakfast host Mike Hosking was named the Sir Paul Holmes Broadcaster of the Year and won Best Talk Presenter – Breakfast or Drive, Marcus Lush was awarded Best Talk Presenter – Non-Breakfast or Drive and Senior Political Correspondent Barry Soper was honoured for his Outstanding Contribution to Radio. Niva Retimanu was awarded Best Newsreader, Jason Pine, Best Sports Reader, Presenter or Commentator and new ZB Political Editor Jason Walls was joint winner of Best New Broadcaster – Journalist. Finally, the team behind Heather du Plessis-Allan’s Drive won Best Show Producer or Producing Team – Talk Show.
Newstalk ZB and GOLD Sport were awarded Best Sports Story – Team Coverage for coverage of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Elsewhere, ZM’s Fletch, Vaughan & Hayley once again took out the hotly contested Best Music Breakfast Show – Network Award.
The Hits Breakfast with Jono & Ben took out Best Marketing Campaign for their Kids Call The Shots campaign, and Best Client Promotion/Activation for their $10,000 Chip Pic promotion. The Hits Rotorua team also celebrated success with Best Community Campaign for Fill The Bus. Meg Wyatt, who works across both The Hits and ZM won Best New Broadcaster – On Air.
In other awards for NZME, their team in Christchurch took out Sales Team of the Year, and NZME Video Producer Josh Hubbard won Best New Broadcaster – Off Air. NZME’s Creative Team also took out Best Effective Commercial Campaign for Does it do what a Daikin does?