10 Jun 2021

RNZ's Checkpoint wins big at Radio Awards

7:16 pm on 10 June 2021

RNZ's Checkpoint has won several major categories at the country's Radio Awards.

Checkpoint with Lisa Owen, 2021.

Lisa Owen was named best breakfast or drive talk presenter. Photo: RNZ / Vinay Ranchhod

Lisa Owen has been named the best breakfast or drive talk presenter, and show's producers have won best talk show production team.

The programme also won best team news coverage for its special on the day the lockdown was announced.

RNZ's podcasts The Service and Black Sheep have also taken out awards.

Newstalk ZB was named station of the year and ZB host Mike Hosking was crowned Sir Paul Holmes Broadcaster of the Year.

RNZ communications manager John Barr said the announcements recognise the breadth and diversity of RNZ's multi-platform content.

"They reinforce the importance of RNZ's role as the country's only public service media organisation," he said.

Full list of RNZ winners:

  • Best Talk Presenter - Breakfast or Drive: Lisa Owen, Checkpoint
  • Best Show Production Team - Talk Show: Annabel Reid, Bridget Burke, Lydia Batham - Checkpoint.
  • Best News Story - Team Coverage: Covid-19 Lockdown Special, Checkpoint
  • Best Newsreader: Nicola Wright
  • Best Documentary or Factual Talk Feature: The Service, RNZ/Birds of Paradise
  • Best Daily or Weekly Feature - Factual: Black Sheep
  • Best Children's Programme: Nanogirl's Great Science Adventures, RNZ/Down Low Concept
  • Best Video: NZ Hip Hop Standup, RNZ/Down Low Concept
  • Best News / Current Affairs Podcast: The Service, RNZ/Birds of Paradise
  • Best Entertainment Podcast: Black Sheep