The Radio Academy, the not-for-profit organisation representing all sections of the UK radio industry, has announced that the Radio Academy Awards will not be held in May next year.
The announcement comes following a strategic review by the Academy’s key decision makers.
The BBC, Global, Bauer, UTV, RIG and Radiocentre have all expressed the ambition create a new event, most likely in London, designed to celebrate and reflect the radio industry in a dynamic and modern way.
The recent review aimed to look at how the Academy and its events could be modernised and best reflect the radio industry in a digital age.
“I’m confident and determined that as an industry we can create an exciting and modern event that retains the gravitas of over 30 years of Awards,” said Academy chair and controller of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Ben Cooper.
The Radio Academy Awards has remained largely unchanged since its inception in 1983. Historical headline sponsor Sony withdrew from the event last year, prompting the Academy to explore new models.
The Academy has also reviewed how it uses its resources in order to ensure that it delivers best value to its patrons and members. In order to achieve these changes, the trustees have decided that the organisation’s executive unit in its current form will close at the end of the year.
The 2014 Radio Production Awards and The Aquiva Hall of Fame will continue as normal.