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UTV Media sells Juice FM to Global Radio for £10m

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Why D&AD's first Black Pencil for Radio in 32 years is significant

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RadioWorks Nominated for Media Agency Of The Year in the 2015 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards

RadioWorks, the radio advertising specialists, have been nominated for Media Agency of the Year in this year’s Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, marking the first time a radio specialist has been nominated in this category. The nominations for Media Agency of the Year, sponsored by GTN UK, were unveiled today (May 14th) by Absolute Radio’s Rob Beckett and Sarah Champion and see RadioWorks nominated alongside Carat, MEC, MediaCom, and OMD.

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RadioWorks, the radio advertising specialists, have been nominated for Media Agency of the Year in this year’s Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, marking the first time a radio specialist has been nominated in this category.

The nominations for Media Agency of the Year, sponsored by GTN UK, were unveiled today (May 14th) by Absolute Radio’s Rob Beckett and Sarah Champion and see RadioWorks nominated alongside Carat, MEC, MediaCom, and OMD.

RadioWorks is now in contention for one of the Bronze, Silver or Gold awards to be announced at the ceremony on July 8th.

The awards, now in their 20th year, are organised by RadioCentre, the industry body for commercial radio, with Arqiva as the headline sponsor, and numerous industry companies supporting individual awards.

Michael Charnley-Heaton, Chief Executive of RadioWorks commented: “This is fantastic news for RadioWorks and adds to an already bumper year as we celebrate our 25th anniversary, our most successful financial year on record, and now this nomination. It’s a real endorsement of the team effort that goes into delivering a great service proposition time and time again to our clients and advertisers.”

Siobhan Kenny, Chief Executive of RadioCentre said: “The Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards are a great opportunity for commercial radio to showcase the breadth and diversity of its output and this year’s bag of entries is no exception. Standards are relentlessly high and competition stiff – which will make for an exciting evening in July.”

Ben Hart, Head of Commercial Radio at Arqiva said: “Congratulations to all those who have been nominated this year. As ever, the calibre of talent is very high and we wish everyone the best of luck, in what looks set to be a fantastic 2015 awards.”

Heart London breakfast presenters Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton will host the awards on the evening of Wednesday July 8th at the Camden Roundhouse in London.

There will also be live music performances by special guests to be announced nearer the event.

There are a total of 24 categories, including PPL Breakthrough UK Artist of the Year, PPL Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio and a new award for 2015, the Innovation Award for the best ‘new idea’ whether digital, station operation, or ways to generate more revenue.

Tickets for the awards will go on sale on May 21st – see www.commercialradioawards.org website for booking details and prices.

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