Wild Hackney podcast nominated for BBC award

Francesca Panetta at work pic: Hackney Podcast

Online docu-drama, Wild Hackney, has been nominated for best use of song and best online only audio drama in the first ever BBC Audio Drama Awards.

The awards aim to recognise the cultural importance of audio drama, on air and online, and will award radio shows from all around the UK.

The programme is part of a project called Hackney Podcast, set up in 2008 to represent the area’s cultural diversity with a range of podcasts.

One of Wild Hackney’s producers, Francesca Panetta, told EastLondonLines: “Being nominated for this BBC Award is interesting because it is in the drama category and we are exploring drama in new ways. Hackney Podcast is creating a new radio style combining fiction and reality.

“Winning this prize would suppose recognition of our podcast out of Hackney.”

David Tennant will be presenting the awards ceremony to be held on January 29 at the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House.

The board of judges includes famous actresses Maxine Peake and Imogen Stubbs, theatre critics Michael Billington and Susannah Clapp and the chief executive of the Royal Opera House, Lord Hall.

You can download the Wild Hackney podcast from iTunes. For more information visit www.hackneypodcast.co.uk

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