Jack Quann
Jack Quann

12.58 9 Jun 2020


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The IMRO Radio Awards, the Irish radio Oscars, are going digital for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In place of a gala dinner in Kilkenny, the awards will be held as a live video/virtual event stream.

Organisers says this will allow the industry to join in from home or in smaller station groups.

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Entries for the 2020 competition are now open until Thursday July 23rd.

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.

As part of other changes, the Newcomer of the Year award is being renamed the Gay Byrne Award for Newcomer of the Year, after the late RTÉ broadcaster.

A new category of Podcast of The Year is also open to radio stations for online-only productions.

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."

Main image: The Newstalk team celebrate after the 2019 IMRO awards. Picture: Iain White.

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