The Student Radio Association (SRA) is announcing today, 3rd August, a landmark agreement between BBC Radio 1 and Global Radio, that will see both organisations become headline supporters of the Student Radio Awards for the next three years.


The Student Radio Awards began life in 1996 as an idea for “a showpiece occasion for student radio”put forward in a letter by former SRA Chair Nick Wallis to then BBC Radio 1 Controller Matthew Bannister. In the 16 years since that first exchange, BBC Radio 1 has been the headline supporter of the Awards, enabling the event to grow from its humble beginnings into the successful showcase of student radio talent it is today.


The new three-year partnership between BBC Radio 1 and Global Radio marks the beginning of a new era for the Student Radio Awards, bringing together two of the biggest names in the radio industry to share in the support and recognition of the incredible talent of grass-roots radio in the UK. Since moving to the prestigious indigO2 in 2008, the annual ceremony has become firmly established as one of the most exciting events in the radio industry calendar.


Described by Radio Today as “an awards do to rival the Sonys and the Arqivas”, the ceremony and after party are attended by over five hundred students, as well as a large number of industry guests. In addition to the headline supporters, many other radio groups and industry stakeholders contribute to the success of the event. Last year, this included Absolute Radio, Bauer Media, UBC Media, GMG, UK RadioPlayer, music licensing company PPL and a number of other BBC radio brands.


On this landmark agreement, Fred Bradley, Chair of The Student Radio Association, said:

“Now in its seventeenth year, the Student Radio Awards continues to recognise the efforts and skill of aspiring UK radio talent. We are delighted that BBC Radio 1 and Global Radio have joined forces. That not only allows us to continue showcasing the next generation of top presenters and programmers, but will develop the skills of students, for these up-and-coming stars.”


Ben Cooper, BBC Radio 1 Controller said:

“Radio 1 has supported the Student Radio Association for many years and we are delighted to be continuing our support along with Global Radio. Radio 1 is all about supporting future talent and this new deal will offer more opportunities for budding presenters and programme makers to develop their skills and experience across the radio industry.”


Global Founder and Executive President, Ashley Tabor said:

“The Student Radio Association does a fantastic job, with the Student Radio Awards, and throughout the year, identifying and nurturing great talent. It’s a place for those with passion to get real hands on experience in radio and we are delighted to give them all our support.”


The 2012 Student Radio Awards are due to take place at indigO2 on Thursday, November 8th 2012, with Nomination Announcements made at the regional I Love Student Radio Day’s across the UK on Wednesday, October 10th 2012.


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