In excess of 65 people will constitute the adjudication panel for the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards. We had an excellent response to the call for adjudicators and have assembled a panel which includes several Station Managers, Programme Managers, Producers, Editors, Radio Trainers, Marketing experts, and some radio consultants.

The judges will be looking at the following criteria, and the extent of their relevance, when listening to entries:

  • Creativity – Marks are awarded for innovation, originality and novelty. Is the entry based on a new idea? Or does it follow the old ‘tried and trusted’ formulae?
  • Presentation – Marks are awarded for the way in which the piece is presented. If a presenter is used, is he/she comfortable with the subject matter? Does he/she appear knowledgeable and well-versed/well-rehearsed on the subject? For pieces without presenters (e.g. drama entries), does the entry run smoothly? Is it well scripted? Is it ‘polished and professional’?
  • Value – Does the entry achieve its objective? Does it entertain? Does it raise awareness? Does it prick the conscience? Does it hold the attention of the target audience?
  • Production – This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the piece well produced? Is quality evident in the production? Are sound effects used appropriately? Is incidental music well placed and appropriate to the mood/atmosphere being conveyed? Please note that production “embellishments” on the actual entry will not gain extra marks. The judges want to experience the submission just as the listeners did.

This panel will commence adjudicating and reviewing the submissions from 13 February 2017 and will have four weeks to review the entries and to submit their scores on the online adjudication system.

We’re really grateful to the adjudicators for making their time available to review and consider all the entries and we look forward to the outcome of their work