CRA issues statement on future of the ACRAs
Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) has conceded the future format of the Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) is under review as Sydney’s COVID-19 crisis barrels on.
Last year’s awards were called off altogether, with the promise the 2021 event would be bigger and better than ever, and cover two years of work.
The 2021 event is due to take place in two months’ time in Sydney, however with record COVID-19 case numbers, numerous Local Government Areas (LGAs) in super strict lockdowns and a ban on indoor gatherings, the event’s usual format is looking increasingly untenable.
After (somewhat persistent) questions from Radio Today, CRA has now revealed the event will go ahead, however the format has not yet been decided.
“Given the unfolding COVID situation, we are continuing to monitor public health orders and are working on a number of options for the 2021 Australian Commercial Radio Awards,” a spokesperson told Radio Today this afternoon.
“The ACRAs will be awarded this year, but the final form of the event is still under consideration.”
CRA said finalists will be revealed in September and an announcement about the event’s format and structure would be made soon.
“We know radio industry staff have put in a colossal effort over the past two years so we want to make sure the hard work and successes are recognised,” CRA said.