The Arias 2024 Entry Nominations Are Open Now

The highly anticipated annual event from The Radio Academy celebrates the very best of UK audio and radio. This will take place on Tuesday 7th May at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in the heart of the West End.

This will be the first ARIAS launched by the new Managing Director of The Radio Academy, Aradhana Tayal Leach. The awards recognize, honour, and reward outstanding shows and the teams behind them. Judged by over 200 senior audio and radio practitioners, drawn from all sectors of the industry, it’s a huge accolade to be nominated.

Aradhna Tayal Leach, Managing Director of The Radio Academy says: “I feel honored to be launching the ARIAS 2024, the first awards of my tenure as Managing Director. We look forward to having all of our audio and radio peers from across our broad and growing community, come together for a night of celebration. We’re proud to be global leaders in audio talent and storytelling and can’t wait to showcase those stories the really shine, not only nationally but deep into our own local communities too.”

Since 2023, The Radio Academy have worked with an independent editorial advisor at The ARIAS, to offer guidance and recommendations to judges. They do not have executive decision making, which remains uniquely with the judges, but may offer recommendations and context as appropriate.

The Radio Academy will also be working with an independent EDI consultant to offer support and guidance to ensure that equity is embedded at the heart of the ARIAS. This includes offering insights into best practice and highlights the impact of, for example, unconscious bias when judging entries.

27 Categories will return next year, including Best New Presenter, Best Music Breakfast Show and Best New Podcast. There will also be a change to a category; Best Sports Coverage which was previously named Best Sports Show. This change is to reward the live nature of sports coverage within radio broadcasting. Sports documentaries should now be entered in either the two Best Factual Programmes. For full details of categories, visit the ARIAS website.

Stay tuned on further details on nominees and hosts in the New Year…