The Global Radio subsidiary, Real and Smooth Radio Limited, has been nominated as one of the best radio groups in the world ahead of the 2013 Worldwide Radio Summit (WWRS) Awards to be held in Los Angeles in May.

Smooth and Real Radio has its headquarters in Manchester. smooth radio

The company is among five shortlisted in the International Radio Group category at what will be the third annual WWRS Awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony during the 2013 radio summit which takes place at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood from 2 to 4 May.

The winners are chosen by a public vote of members working in the radio industry.

The other four shortlisted nominations in the international category are the BBC along with two Canadian groups, Astral Media Group and Newcap and Australia’s Austereo.

Other UK nominations include the Manchester office of DevaWeb Imaging in the VO/Imaging and Production category, Christian O’Connell of Absolute Radio and Ian Camfield of XFM in the International Radio Personality category.

BBC Radio 1 has been nominated in two categories: Most Influential International Radio Station and Most Innovative International Radio Station.

John Simons

John Simons

Real and Smooth group programme director John Simons said: “It’s fantastic for our group to be recognised as among the best in the world. The Real and Smooth teams are among the best in the business and thoroughly deserving of this recognition. We look forward to hearing the results in May.”

The future of the company is still under consideration following Global Radio’s £70m acquisition of GMG radio last May. The Competition Commission released an initial report in mid February which highlighted concerns about Global’s circa 50% control of the radio industry’s £450m advertising and sponsorship market.

The Commission’s final findings are expected to be announced on 22 May.