Becky Jacobs wins a Sony Gold award for her literary podcast

By Candice Krieger, May 23, 2008

Freelance radio producer Becky Jabobs has won a coveted Gold award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards — dubbed the Oscars of the radio industry. She picked up the accolade on Monday in the Internet Programme category for her podcast The Book Slam. Hosted by Patrick Neate, the show accompanies the London-based Book Slam literary club. It became available to download last year, since when Will Self, Irvine Welsh and Biyi Bandele have all featured. “The award is the biggest accolade you can get in radio,” Ms Jacobs, 32, tells People.

“It’s huge for me and for the company I work for [Karen P Productions]. It means the radio industry will recognise us.”

A radio producer for seven years (and daughter of this newspaper’s literary editor), Ms Jacobs also sings in the experimental folk-cum-electronica band Tunng. The band has been invited to play at next month’s Southbank Centre’s Meltdown Festival, alongside Massive Attack.

She lives in Crouch End, North London.

Last updated: 9:20am, May 28 2008