Gilles Peterson to receive PRS for Music Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio

BBC Radio 6 Music presenter, Gilles Peterson will receive The PRS for Music Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio.

Giles Peterson

Radio festival 2014 starts on Monday

  • Biggest forum for discussion and debate in industry 
  •  Michael Ball: PPL wrecking ball cabaret - awards revealed
  • Gilles Peterson named recipient of the 'PRS for Music Award for Outstanding Contribution to Radio'
  • Jo Russell to be presented with ‘The Radio Academy Local & Regional Lifetime Achievement Award'

Radio Festival 2014, organised by The Radio Academy, opens next week on Monday 13 October with its biggest line up to date including rock star Iggy Pop, Australian Radio DJ Mel Greig and many more. Radio Festival 2014 is the UK’s premiere forum for discussion and debate in the radio industry and takes place from Monday 13 October to Wednesday 15 October at MediaCityUK, Salford. Last remaining tickets available at

Ahead of the three-day event, The Radio Academy today announced the recipients of the final awards to be presented during the Michael Ball: PPL Wrecking Ball Cabaret evening on Tuesday 14th October. 

BBC Radio 6 Music presenter, Gilles Peterson will receive The PRS for Music Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio. Gilles has been on radio in the UK and internationally for over 30 years. Through that and a career as a globally known DJ he has continuously championed emerging and classic artists across many genres.


PRS for Music members have gone on to achieve great worldwide success after being broadcast on Gilles Peterson’s many radio shows. His pioneering spirit and enthusiasm for promoting grassroots music alongside more established acts is something that is core to our ethos at PRS for Music. It’s a privilege to have such a champion in our midst.

Andy Harrower, Head of Broadcast, PRS for Music

The Radio Academy Local & Regional Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Midlands broadcaster, Jo Russell.  Jo, who currently co-presents the drivetime show on Birmingham’s Free Radio, after decades of award-winning, market-leading commercial radio breakfast shows, is a worthy recipient at the top of her game and renowned for her engaging style, great ideas and unstinting commitment.

This year’s Radio Festival is jam-packed with sessions from an eclectic mix of some of the greatest names in the industry including BBC Radio 4’s John Humphrys, Controller of Radio 1 and 1Xtra Ben Cooper, LBC’s Nick Ferrari, Bauer Media’s Dee Ford, Absolute Radio’s Geoff Lloyd, Kerrang! Radio’s Kate Lawler and many more. Iggy Pop will deliver the BBC Music John Peel Lecture with 7digital on Monday 13th October, addressing the topic of free music in a capitalist society. Australian Radio DJ, Mel Greig will also be a guest speaker, giving a cautionary note to the radio industry about prank calls and what can be done to try and protect all involved.  The event is an absolute must for everyone in the industry.

Radio Festival 2014 takes place at The Lowry, MediaCityUK in Salford from Monday 13th – Wednesday 15th October. Tickets are available now at


NB Please visit the Radio Academy website for details on timings.

For further information please contact:

Olivia Chapman |  Media Relations & PR Manager | 020 7306 4229 | 07939 449 333

Karen McNamara / Katie Silver at LD Communications:
Tel: 020 7439 7222

Mandy O’Connor at The Radio Academy
T:  020 3174 1180

Notes to Editors

The Radio Academy

The Radio Academy is a registered charity dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK radio broadcasting and audio production.  Through an extensive programme of conferences, debates, masterclasses and other networking events, The Radio Academy offers opportunities for everyone from the national networks to individual podcasters to discuss the broadcasting, production, marketing and promotion of radio and audio. The Radio Academy is a member organisation which operates under the direction of a board of Trustees.

The Radio Festival

The Radio Festival is the UK radio industry’s biggest annual debating and networking event.  It attracts over 500 top executives, producers and presenters from the BBC, commercial and independent sectors as well as community, hospital, student radio and audio-related businesses. The three-day programme of keynote speeches, workshops, masterclasses, demonstrations and networking opportunities is a celebration of world-class content and offers an unparalleled insight into the industry’s future.

About PRS for Music

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

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