RNZ scoops New York radio awards

10:32 pm on 20 June 2017

RNZ's new podcasts and key on-air presenters have been recognised with wins at the prestigious New York Festival Radio Awards announced today.

090514. Photo Diego Opatowski / RNZ. Radio New Zealand House.

090514. Photo Diego Opatowski / RNZ. Radio New Zealand House. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Saturday Morning host Kim Hill beat out international competition to win a gold award for best radio personality, while Mohamed Hassan also won gold for his podcast series Public Enemy.

It focused on the growing Muslim communities in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and how elections, counter-terrorism policies, war and xenophobia have affected their lives in the 15 years since 9/11.

Hassan travelled to hear very personal stories from Muslims about the impact on their everyday lives.

The festival jury awarded silver medals to Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose for their work on Mediawatch and Adrian Hollay and Tim Dodd for their recording of Otello.

Checkpoint host John Campbell picked up a bronze award for best news anchor, as did RNZ's coverage of the Kaikōura quake.

Also finalists were the podcasts A Wrinkle in Time and the Oldest Profession, presented by Noelle McCarthy and Philippa Tolley respectively, Phil Pennington for his steel mesh investigation and Kathryn Ryan in the best talk show host section.

With entries from over 30 countries, the New York awards recognise the highest quality work that is at the forefront of audio innovation.