Ben Fordham, Kyle and Jackie O win at the ACRAs

Mariam Cheik-Hussein
By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 1 December 2021
Ben Fordham

2GB’s Ben Fordham has won Best Talk Presenter at the 32nd Australian Commercial Radio Awards (the ACRAS).

The winners for this year’s awards have been announced virtually after being cancelled due to COVID-19.

While Fordham has secured his sixth win in the category, it’s the first time he has won Best Talk Presenter since moving into the breakfast slot, having previously won for his work in drive.

The Kyle & Jackie O Show won Best On-Air Team (Metro FM). The KIIS 1065 breakfast duo, who have been on-air together for 21 years, have secured a record seventh win in the category, previously winning it in 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2018.

The new pairing of 3AW Breakfast with Ross Stevenson and Russel Howcroft has been named Best On-Air Team in the Metro AM category. Howcroft started his radio career when he joined Stevenson in August last year.

Comedian Joel Creasey has taken the Best Newcomer On-Air award. Creasey joined Kate Ritchie and Tim Blackwell on NOVA Entertainment’s Kate, Tim & Joel drive show a year ago. The show won the Best Networked Program and Best Syndicated Australian Program awards.

“Congratulations to the winners who have displayed enormous dedication to their listeners and continue to drive live broadcasting to new levels,” says Joan Warner, Commercial Radio Australia CEO.

“All the radio teams across metro and regional Australia should be very proud of the way they served their communities through the challenges of the past two years.”

Winners of other major awards include Jackie ‘O’ Henderson for the Best Entertainment Presenter, Neil Mitchell for the Best Current Affairs Presenter, Chris Beckhouse for the Best Music Presenter, Tim Lane for the Best Sports Presenter, and Zero Waste Baby won the Best Original Podcast (Unbranded).

The awards cover all metropolitan, provincial and country commercial radio stations, with winners announced in 39 categories including news, sport, music, community service and podcasting.

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