DR rakes in prestigious media awards

Public broadcaster wins 14 categories at Prix Italia

DR had its biggest prize haul ever, winning 14 awards, at the prestigious Prix Italia media awards, which concluded on Thursday evening in Torino, the public broadcaster announced in a press release.

DR’s P1 radio station won the award for ‘best original radio drama’ for the docudrama ‘Efter fyringerne’ (’ Following Redundancy’) and P2 won ’best music radio programme’ for Kristian Leth’s broadcast about Wagner’s Ring. The online arm of DR also had success, winning the ’best trans-media experience targeting a young adult public’ category for the show ’Byg det op’ (’Build it up’).

Innovative approach
For Kristian Leth, the award is just the latest in a series of accolades. He won DR’s language prize for the same radio series on Wagner, and in 2011 his band, the William Blakes, won the Crown Prince Couple’s stardust prize (’Kronprinsparrets Stjernedrys-pris’).

Nikolaj Koppel, commissioning editor of P1, P2 and DR1, explained the appeal of the Wagner series. ”Just about every communicator of classical music all over the world tries to take new paths to introducing classical music to new audiences,” he said.

”Often it goes wrong. But Kristian Leth’s P2 series is  an innovative example that it is possible to find new approaches so that both the new and seasoned listeners want to be involved.”

To celebrate the recognition of success, P2 will be playing the Wagner series after the 6pm news for five successive days from September 28.