The mission of the Audio Production Awards is to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement in audio and radio production within the designated categories covering both producers and on-mic talent. Important Note: Categories in no particular order. 


This category celebrates the best of arts and culture-based audio, reported and produced to the highest of standards, giving a sense of special insight into the subject. 

GOLD: Michael Umney, Resonance/Reduced Listening
SILVER: Andrew McGibbon, Curtains For Radio
BRONZE: Victoria Ferran, Just Radio Ltd

Shortlisted: Anna Scott-Brown, Overtone Productions
Jo Wheeler, Freelance
Mair Bosworth, BBC Radio 4

2. BEST MUSIC PRODUCER - sponsored by SAM logo

This award is for an exceptional producer working in music audio. Entries can range from single programmes and documentaries to sequence programmes, as well as specialist music programming, live music and discussion. 

GOLD: Steve Urquhart, Listen To Steve
SILVER: Paul Smith, Just Radio Ltd
BRONZE: Nick Harris, Absolute Radio

Shortlisted: Jax Coombes, BBC 6 Music 
Natalie Steed, Freelance
Ollie Wilson, Somethin’ Else

3. BEST FACTUAL PRODUCER - sponsored by Audioboom logo

This category is for non-news based factual programming. The judges will be looking for a strong storytelling capability and a crystal clear, gripping narrative, plus compelling and creative production values that resonate with the audience. 

GOLD: Dom Byrne, Greenpoint
SILVER: Sue Nelson, Boffin Media
Katherine Godfrey, Whistledown Productions

Shortlisted: Jo Wheeler, Freelance
Kate Cocker, Reform Radio
Natalia Golysheva, Freelance

4. BEST NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS PRODUCER - sponsored by In:Quality logo

Celebrating the best in news and current affairs production. Entries here should be from programmes which are clearly led by the current affairs agenda. 

GOLD: Rory Carson, BBC Radio 5 Live
SILVER: Gabriela Jones, Wisebuddah
BRONZE: James Shield, The RSA

Shortlisted: Robert Nicholson, Whistledown Productions
Siobhann Tighe, BBC Radio 4
Tim Johns, BBC Radio 2

5. BEST SPORTS PRODUCER - sponsored by In:Quality logo

Entries can feature outstanding, engaging sports programming from many formats; from live daytime programmes to round-table podcasts, but they must relate to sports in a clear and defined way. 

GOLD: Ben Mundy, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat
SILVER: Tom Whalley, Freelance
BRONZE: Ben Green, Muddy Knees Media

Shortlisted: Mark Sharman, TBI Media


Recognising producers who successfully create fresh and fun entertainment content. For example, entries might be drawn from live programmes and/or light-hearted podcasts. 

GOLD: Dave Masterman, Absolute Radio
SILVER: Darby Dorras, Somethin’ Else
BRONZE: Claire Solan, Absolute Radio

Shortlisted: Brian Murphy, Magic Radio & Absolute Radio
Ed Morrish, Freelance
Peter Curran, The Foghorn Company


All comedy-based audio can be entered here, including sitcoms, scripted comedy, sketch shows or comedy-led panel shows. Any format with the primary aim of making people laugh fits the bill. The category is named in honour of the pioneering Welsh comedy producer and performer, Gethin Wyn Thomas, who died suddenly and prematurely earlier last year.

GOLD: Gus Beattie, Gusman Productions
SILVER: Ed Morrish, Freelance 
BRONZE: Giles Gear, Union JACK Radio

Shortlisted: David Tyler, Pozzitive 
Gareth Gwynn, Freelance

8. BEST LIVE EVENT/OUTSIDE BROADCAST PRODUCER - sponsored by Wired logoWired Broadcast

Entries here may span a wide range of formats and subject matter. The key is that they must have been created in a live broadcast setting. 

GOLD: Chris Evans Production Team, BBC Radio 2 
SILVER: Chris Gilvear, Jazz FM
BRONZE: Mark Carter, BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Annabelle Buckland, JACKfm 

Shortlisted: Nick Carter, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

9. BEST PODCAST PRODUCER - sponsored by AVResilience logo

Celebrating an outstanding Podcast Producer who truly understands the special possibilities of the medium. 

Tamsyn Kent, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat
SILVER: Mike Holt, BBC Radio 5 Live
BRONZE: Eva Krysiak, Freelance

Shortlisted: Lucy Dearlove, Freelance
Neil Cowling, Fresh Air Production
Sue Nelson, Boffin Media


Recognising exceptional producers who know how to bring the story, characters and narrative to life in listeners’ minds. 

GOLD: Nicolas Jackson, Afonica
SILVER: Laurence Bowen, Dancing Ledge Productions
BRONZE: Kate Valentine, Digital Drama

Shortlisted: Boz Temple-Morris, Holy Mountain
David Beck & Katie Arlett, Wireless Theatre Company, Audible Studios
Simon Barnard, Bafflegab Productions


Judges will be looking at the range and choice of material, performance, direction and production values here. Producers can enter an unedited section from a single book/reading or extracts from several books/readings. 

GOLD: Karen Rose, Sweet Talk Productions
SILVER: Chris Thompson, Heavy Entertainment
BRONZE: Natalie Steed, Freelance

Shortlisted: Roy McMillan, Penguin Random House
Samuel Gunn, Heavy Entertainment
Tanya Hougham, Harper Collins Publishers

12. BEST NEW PRODUCER - sponsored by Devaweb logoDevaweb

Celebrating a newcomer to audio production who shows potential to reach the very highest level. 

GOLD: Nick Harris, Absolute Radio
SILVER: Shanida Scotland, Falling Tree Productions
BRONZE: Jonathan O’Sullivan, TBI Media

Shortlisted: Hannah Dean, Freelance
Nathan Gower, Whistledown 
Stuart Russell, Eyebrow Media

13. BEST STATION SOUND PRODUCER - sponsored by Arqiva logo

For exceptional contributions to audio imaging and/or station sound production. 

GOLD: Liam Hadley, BBC Radio Pop Hub Station Sound
SILVER: Ben Stones, BBC Radio Pop Hub Station Sound
BRONZE: Dan Prior, Absolute Radio

Shortlisted: Carl Kinsman, Q Radio
Gordon Lundy, Absolute Radio
Stan Was, BBC Radio 4


Celebrating the talents of sound designers, mixers, studio managers and others who create startling soundscapes that elevate audio from great to extraordinary. 

GOLD: Steve Urquhart, Listen To Steve
SILVER: Eloise Whitmore, Naked Productions
BRONZE: Alasdair McGregor, Holy Mountain

Shortlisted: Adam Fowler, Overtone Productions
Antony Shaw, Spiritland Productions
Steve Bond, Freelance


For an individual, production company, radio/audio station or community-based organisation that has shown extraordinary achievement in identifying, nurturing or mentoring new and diverse talent to the audio industry. 

GOLD: Reform Radio 
SILVER: Radio Wanno - HMP Wandsworth 
BRONZE: Resonance 

Shortlisted: PRA Productions/Prison Radio Association
Transmission Roundhouse
Women’s Radio Station


Recognising and rewarding a performer who has demonstrated exceptional talent at interpreting the written word over the year, as exemplified by a single outstanding piece of work or a body of work. This could include narrators of audiobooks or actors in an audio drama. 

GOLD: Oliver Jeffers for HarperCollins Publishers
SILVER: Bill Nighy for Penguin Random House
BRONZE: Jacob Anderson for Penguin Random House

Shortlisted: David Rintoul for Penguin Random House Audio
David Walliams for HarperCollins Publishers
Lee Ingleby for Penguin Random House Audio

17. BEST PRESENTER - SPEECH - sponsored by  Arqiva logo

For exceptional on-air talent presenting speech programmes. Compelling conversation, high production values, brilliant interviews, a sustained contribution to the genre, outstanding creativity and deep-rooted connection to the audience. 

GOLD: Justin Dealey, BBC Three Counties 
Tony Livesey, BBC Radio 5 Live
Cole Moreton, TBI Media

Shortlisted: Abdul-Rehman Malik, TBI Media
Andrew Mueller, Monocle 24
Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live

18. BEST PRESENTER - MUSIC - sponsored by  Arqiva logo

For exceptional on-air talent presenting music programmes. Unrivalled understanding of their chosen music genre(s), the ability to share that passion, plus constant creativity, strong production values and powerful audience connection. 

GOLD: Trevor Nelson, Somethin’ Else for BBC Radio 2
SILVER: Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music
BRONZE: Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

Shortlisted: Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music
Emily Segal, heat radio
Ruthie Henshall, Mellow Magic 


For outstanding presenters who have recently entered the audio world or recently gained significant mainstream presentation recognition for the first time. 

GOLD: Jessie Ware, Table Manners
SILVER: Martin Morales, BBC Radio 4
BRONZE: Frankie Wells & Anouszka Tate, Project Pleasure – Transmission Roundhouse

Shortlisted: Blanche Girouard, freelance
Julia Raeside, Great Big Owl
Ronan Keating, Magic Radio

20. GOLD AWARD – to be announced at the ceremony

Recognising and celebrating an individual who has made an outstanding contribution, usually over a 
number of years, to the audio sector in the UK.

Jez Nelson, CEO at Somethin’ Else


This award recognises and celebrates a company’s success across the year. 

GOLD: Wisebuddah
SILVER: Reduced Listening
BRONZE: Whistledown

Shortlisted: Naked Productions
PRA Productions - Prison Radio Association
Somethin’ Else