The IMRO Radio Awards are full steam ahead for 2020. In place of the usual Gala dinner in Kilkenny, the awards will be now held as a live video/virtual event stream allowing the industry to join in from home or in smaller station groups. Full details of the event will follow in the coming weeks. Entries for #IMRO20 opened today with a closing date of 5pm Thursday 23rd July 2020.
The awards go ahead, all be it in a different format for 2020, with the continued involvement of IMRO as title sponsor. During this particularly testing time for the radio sector, IMRO has continued to show support to stations across the country in addition to its commitment to this key event in the media calendar. The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) also remains as a valued secondary sponsor.
Some key changes to the Awards were also announced today.
- Gay Byrne Award for Newcomer of the Year. Following the passing of Ireland’s greatest radio broadcaster we are excited that the Byrne family has allowed the Radio Awards Committee to name the Newcomer award in his honour.
- Radio stations will be entitled to submit the same number of entries in 2020 free of charge as they did in 2019. There will be a reduced cost for any additional entries.
- In an exciting development, we are introducing a new category Podcast of The Year open to radio stations for online only productions.
Speaking today, Chair of the IMRO Radio Awards committee, Chris Doyle said “There is amazing content being produced on radio now and prior to the Covid-19 crisis which fully deserves to be recognised. Without the support of IMRO, who have shown a great commitment to radio as an industry, we may not have been able to go ahead this year. We thank them for being our allies.
As an industry this has been a challenging time but we have shown that radio is clearly an essential service, going the extra mile to be informing, entertaining and the best lockdown company our listeners could ask for. The uncertainty around gatherings continues which has made planning an awards ceremony difficult therefore we have decided to make this year’s Gala an online event.”
Full details of the awards are on the website at www.imroradioawards.com