This year’s commercial radio awards are officially cancelled
Even with restrictions easing, Commercial Radio Australia has revealed that the ACRAs won’t proceed in October, but promising to return “bigger and better” in 2021.
A new format for the awards was a possibility in April when CRA confirmed the annual Radio Alive conference would also skip the year 2020.
Radio Today understands the next awards will recognise work done in 2020 and 2021, but there won’t be double the number of awards handed out.
More info will be provided to members shortly on entries that have already been submitted and the entry process for 2021, said a spokesperson from CRA.
Today’s decision to cancel the ACRAs comes after a “detailed examination” of the awards taking on a virtual format in 2020, according to a statement from CRA.
The event was originally scheduled to take place on the Gold Coast in October, but Queensland’s borders remain closed despite mounting pressure from the Prime Minister to open them.
Last month music collection society APRA pushed ahead with a virtual format to rave reviews.
A spokesperson for the ARIA Awards also told Radio Today on Friday that it’s “business as usual” for the November awards celebrating the music industry.
CRA chief executive officer Joan Warner said that shifting the 32nd ACRAs to 2021 is a move that will be of benefit to the industry in current circumstances.
“After carefully considering the options available for such a big and complex event, it was determined that a virtual event would not be able to do the awards justice,” Warner said.
“While this news is disappointing, we know radio teams are working as hard as ever in these times to keep Australians informed and entertained…
“We look forward to celebrating the hard work and resilience of our members in 2021.”