NYF Radio Awards: Indian networks score 1 Gold, 2 Silvers, 7 Bronzes, 35 Finalists

New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, honouring the World’s Best Radio Programs, have announced this year’s award-winners at the annual Radio Awards Gala at New York City’s Manhattan Penthouse. 

“As the radio landscape evolves to accommodate the shift in the way individuals consume audio, New York Festivals Radio Awards is at the forefront celebrating all popular forms of audio content available today,” said Rose Anderson, VP & Executive Director, New York Festivals. 

Prominent radio networks in India scored numerous awards for content in a variety of categories ranging from Audio Books to Public Service, Health & Medical to Heroes, and Comedy to Promos. Entries from India earned 1 Gold trophy, 2 Silver, 7 Bronze and 35 Finalist Certificates. 

Trophy winners include: Club FM was in the spotlight earning a Gold Trophy for “Kuzhi Map (Pot holes Map)” (Public Service Announcement Promotion. Digital Radio (Delhi) Broadcasting Ltd was recognised with a Silver trophy for “Bura Maano Holi Hai” (Public Service Announcement Promotion). Radio Mirchi’s “RJ Naved” (Best Comedy/Humor Personality: Local Market) was honoured with a Silver trophy, and the audio book “Eksringa Abhiyan: Adventure of the One-Horned Peak” (Best Audio Book – Fiction) earned a Bronze. 

Additional Bronze-winning programs include: DB Corp Ltd (Radio Division - 94.3 My FM) earned a Bronze trophy for “Maango Haq Se” (Health/ Medical). Fever 104 FM took home the Bronze trophy for “Jai Bajrangi” (Religious Programs) and Music Broadcast Limited was recognised with Bronze trophies for “Dilli Vs Crime” (Community Service) and “Resilience After Self Immolation to Change the World” (Heroes). Radio City earned a Bronze for “Nikita ki Kahani” (Heroes). 

The following companies also earned Finalist Certificates for their entries: Club FM, DB Corp Ltd - Radio Division, Digital Radio (Delhi) Broadcasting Ltd., Digital Radio (Kolkata) Broadcasting Ltd., Digital Radio (Mumbai) Broadcasting Ltd., Radio Mirchi, Fever 104FM, 4.8FM, KAL Radio Limited, Radio City 91.1, Next Radio Ltd, Music Broadcast Ltd., The Malayala Manorama Co. Ltd., Radio Mirchi, and South Asia FM Limited. 

RTÉ Ireland was honoured with the Broadcaster of the Year title for the fifth consecutive year. The network took home an impressive 8 Gold Trophies, 11 Silver, 2 Bronze and 15 Finalist Certificates. 

Jim Jennings, Head of Content RTÉ, said, “I am delighted that RTÉ has been named New York Festivals’ Radio Broadcaster of the Year three times in the past four past years. The international competition is exceptional and those who have entered are all experts in their fields, which makes this particular achievement a great honour for everyone in RTÉ. This is extremely important to us as a public service broadcaster. Across the board, from the acclaimed Documentary on One and Drama on One, to our Factual, Current Affairs, Arts, Music and Entertainment programs and Lyric fm, our production teams have demonstrated their capacity to compete and win against some of the largest and best of the world’s broadcasters.” 

London’s TBI Media was recognised with the title of Production Company of the Year. TBI’s “Born This Way” earned the Grand Award for both TBI Media and BBC Radio 2. 

“The TBI team are thrilled with this year’s results in New York. 9 Finalists leading to a Grand Award, 2 Golds, 2 Silvers and a Bronze are great. To then be ‘Independent Producer Of The Year’ again is fantastic. This is fundamentally down to the inspired team I’m lucky enough to work with having world class ideas and being given the chance to broadcast them on great platforms. It’s clear that the opportunities for audio producers globally have changed dramatically, even since the last NYF awards, and it’s inspiring to see so many producers and platforms winning awards this year who are clearly thriving as a result,” said Phil Critchlow CEO/ Founder, TBI Media. 

The New York Festivals Grand Award was also awarded to the following entries: “BBC Radio 1 Vintage” BBC (Best Digital Special Event). “Am I going to die in here?” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Campus (News & Documentary) and The Guardian Australia’s “The Reckoning” (Best Digital Documentary). 

New York Festivals, with the United Nations Department of Public Information, established the United Nations Awards in 1990 to honour programmes highlighting global concerns of interest to the UN. Annually, the United Nations Department of Public Information convenes a panel to honor radio broadcasting that best exemplifies the ideas and goals of the United Nations. Their selections are awarded the prestigious United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) Award. Recipients of the 2018 UNDPI Award: “The Current - ISIS on your doorstep” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation earned the UNDPI Gold Award, “Am I going to die here” Campus, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation earned the UNDPI Silver Award, and “That's When My Childhood Ended: Youth Radio Reports” Youth Radio USA earned the UNDPI Bronze Award. 

NYF’s Grand Jury awarded entries from global networks and content creators from entries submitted from 31 countries. Prominent India executives serving on the Grand Jury include: Swarup BR, Stark Communications Pvt. Ltd.; Harrish M. Bhatia, My FM; Kaushik Dutta, Radio City 91.1; viplove Gupte, My FM, DB Corp Ltd; Dr. Sana Sameer Kanwar, Hindustan Times; Kankana Lohiyaa, 94.3 My FM (DB Corps Ltd.); Astha Mandiratta, ETV News Network; Vipul Nagar, Radio Mirchi; Rahul Namjoshi, My FM; Anurita Patel, Radio City; Kanwar Sameer, Radio City, 91.1FM; Abhishek Sharma, Radio City; Sakshi Verma, DB Corp Ltd.; and Alii Zaheer, Radio City. 

Production Hub is the official media sponsor of the 2018 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards.

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