The Radio Academy has launched a brand new cross-industry awards, the Audio & Radio Industry Awards (ARIAS).

In association with Leeds Beckett University and LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), the prestigious awards will take place at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Wednesday October 19th, with headline acts, to be revealed in the coming weeks, performing at the star-studded event.

Roger Cutsforth, The Radio Academy Managing Director commented: “The question of the awards has been a constant one to me from members and commentators alike and I am delighted that we can now confirm this brand new event to showcase and celebrate the very best across the whole of the UK’s vibrant radio and audio sector.

“Our partnership with Leeds Beckett University and LeedsBID is a perfect fit with The Radio Academy’s aim of inspiring the next generation of talent. The awards give the radio industry the opportunity to showcase the breadth and range of opportunities on offer in this exciting industry, ensuring we attract the brightest talent in future to work in radio.”

The ceremony, which will seat guests theatre style, will be an inclusive event with tickets priced at just £36 [for Radio Academy members] to ensure the ARIAS are accessible to the whole radio industry from programming and production to marketing and commercial staff as well as journalists and senior management.

Joint Chair of the ARIAS will be Bob Shennan, Controller of BBC Radio 2 alongside Phil Riley, former Chair & CEO of Orion Media.

There will be a total of 16 awards recognising innovation and excellence across all audio mediums, including Best Podcast; Best Digital and Audio Service (to include internet and streaming services); as well as more traditional awards such as Best Local Station; Best National Station; Best Sports Show and Best Network Music Breakfast Show.

A drinks reception and after show party will also be held at the First Direct Arena Leeds.

The Awards will open for entries on July 4th, with entries closing on August 15 and nominations announced on September 19th. More information can be found on