The Charles Parker Prize 2016 for the Best Student Radio Feature was announced at the annual Charles Parker Day held at The University of the West of England on 18 March 2016. The winners featured in a special programme, presented by Sara Parker, on BBC Radio 4 Extra on Saturday 28 May at 12 noon (then on iPlayer for 30 days).
The Judges for the Charles Parker Prize 2016 were:
John Goudie – Chair of the Judges and Editor, BBC Documentary Unit
Kate Chisholm – Radio Critic of The Spectator
Simon Elmes – Former Creative Director, Features and Documentaries, BBC
Chris Delaney of Goldsmith’s College, University of London for:
In Memory of Ayrton Senna
This brilliant piece of intensely personal radio took the listener on a wry, ingenious journey of discovery and challenge. Acoustically dynamic and impeccably recorded and mixed, the programme did what only the very best features do which is to play with the listener, engaging her or him in a haunting switchback of story and emotion. An immensely mature, confident piece of professional work that challenges the standards of much regular broadcast output.
Mariana Des Forges of Goldsmith’s College, University of London for:-
Behind the Door
Unputdownable listening is rare in our hyped, click-away world, but Behind the Door was both theatrically gripping in its use of sound and utterly rivetting in its narrative tug. A genuinely frightening story told in simple and graphic manner – a classic.
Eve Conlon from the University of Sunderland for:-
This was a serious and important piece of journalism sourced from and brilliantly relevant to its susceptible young audience. It neatly used dramatic and documentary technique to make its point, and the power of the interviewees’ testimony was overwhelming. A significant piece of work on an under-discussed topic.