RTÉ Radio Named Broadcaster of The Year

RTÉ Radio  Named Broadcaster of The Year

RTÉ Radio has once again been honoured with the prestigious Broadcaster of the Year Award at the 2012 New York Festivals Awards at a ceremony which took place in New York on Monday 18 June.

This is the second consecutive year that RTÉ Radio has been chosen as the world’s best radio station at the New York Festivals. In 2011, RTÉ Radio became the first Irish radio station in the award ceremony’s 55 year history to be awarded the accolade of Broadcaster of the Year.

From finalists spanning 28 countries, the New York Festivals has once again selected RTÉ Radio as the overall winner of this major international award. And we are in good company; finalists for the award this year included BBC Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, American Public Media, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Romanian Radio Broadcasting, Radio Netherlands, Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio France and Radio New Zealand to name but a few. Winners in the television categories at the New York Festivals included such broadcasting heavyweights as CNN, HBO, The Biography Channel, ABC, ZDF (Germany), Canal Plus, BBC Worldwide, PBS and National Geographic.

In addition to being named Broadcaster of the Year, RTÉ Radio has also received a total of 25 awards at 2012’s New York Festivals for individual programmes on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ lyric fm. The awards include 13 for programmes in RTÉ Radio 1’s Documentary on One series, three for Drama on One, two for the station’s Curious Ear series and one for the Athena Media-produced series Death of an Empire, which saw Irish Times journalist Seamus Martin explore twenty years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. RTÉ lyric fm received six individual awards for programmes including a silver medal for Piano Keys, an educational podcast series that saw Professor Réamonn Keary, in conversation with Liz Nolan, guide music students through the 2012 Royal Irish Academy of Music Local Centre Piano Examinations.

Clare Duignan, Managing Director of RTÉ Radio, says: “It’s true to say that, as a people, we have always taken particular delight in recognition from across the waters, be it the Atlantic Ocean or the Irish Sea. And so with this award. To be named Broadcaster of the Year in this awesome international context – among world-renowned peers like the BBC and American Public Media – is important not just for RTÉ, but for Ireland.

“The individual wins, on Radio 1 and lyric, across documentary, drama and music, are to be celebrated in themselves. The overall award points to, in my view, RTÉ Radio’s excellence not simply on FM, but to the strength and accessibility of our online international presence on sites for Documentary on One, Drama on One and of course the new RTÉ Radio Player.

“As broadcasters, we’re only as good as our latest programmes, and these latest programmes are now award winners on the international stage. It’s a timely reminder of the value, relevance and quality of programming across RTÉ Radio. My thanks to New York Festivals. And my congratulations to the producers, editors and staff in RTÉ Radio who work with such dedication, and for whom being best in the world is a daily goal.”