“It gets you nothing!” Radio host questions the value of awards
Ex-BBC and Virgin Radio host John Holmes has hit out against the radio industry’s treatment of award-winners, claiming that radio awards are actually detrimental to your career.
The comments came in an interview with Graham Mack for Podcast Radio.
Holmes, who has won nine Gold Sony Radio Awards, two British Comedy Awards, and a Broadcasting Press Guild Award, as well as two BAFTAs, spoke of being sacked shortly after winning awards.
He has been sacked by Virgin Radio, XFM, BBC 6 Music, talkRadio and Radio 4 over the years, and Mack also recalled losing his job shortly after winning a radio award.
“They’re always keen to call the Sonys or the ARIAS (Audio Radio Industry Awards) as they are now, the Oscars of the radio industry,” Holmes said.
“The difference between the Oscars of the radio industry and the actual Oscars or indeed any other award is, the moment you win one, it gets you nothing!”
In the UK, broadcasters including Danny Baker, Jono Coleman and Iain Lee have all lost their jobs shortly after winning awards.
“If you win an Oscar, your worth goes up,” Holmes continued.
“Win a radio award, the exact opposite happens, nobody cares, you certainly don’t get any more money and when you inevitably lose your job in the next couple of weeks following the awards ceremony, nobody will pick you up and give you a job despite that sitting on your shelf. And I have no idea why the industry is like that!”