RNZ's Kim Hill named International Radio Personality of the year

Kim Hill: light touch, apparently

Acerbic Radio New Zealand Saturday Morning host Kim Hill has been named International Radio Personality of the Year at the AIB Awards in London.

The AIB results were announced at a gala event last night (this morning NZ time), attended by senior executives, producers and journalists from radio and television organisations around the world.

Judges described Kim Hill as: "an experienced and warm broadcaster exercising full control of her content whilst coaxing her guests to reveal more of themselves; really enjoyable live and sparky content that demonstrates what is great about radio and illustrates how important lightness of touch is in speech content"

RNZ chief executive Peter Cavanagh did not travel to London to receive the award on Ms Hill's behalf, he was apparently there on other business.

There was added recognition for the state broadcaster when Simon Morton was highly commended in the radio documentary category for his Christchurch earthquake programme, Broken River, which earlier in the year won a Gold Medal at the New York Festival.


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Why does RNZ bigwig get to go to London to fetch Kim's prize? Why can't she collect it herself -- and have a wee shopping holiday too?


Well done Kim


RNZ Chief Executive Peter Cavanagh did not travel to London to receive the award, he was already there attending a public broadcasting conference.

John Barr
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Radio New Zealand


You have to be joking. She is well past her use by date and should be put on air on Sunday nights between 12.00 and 4.00am where she can give her self opinionated commentary to her devoted followers.


That is pretty nasty-you brave anonymous person.

But you are swimming against the tide because that is some award that Kim has won. Each generation thinks anyone older is "too old " but you cannot obtain vast experience with a beautiful, youthful face. It takes time-just like the cheese!

Kim has been a top radio person for a long time because she has done the work shown her skills and earned her accolades.

Congratulations Kim. Judy


I would be a bit worried about being seated next to kim at dinner as she is a bright and penetrating inteviewer who doesn't tolerate fools talking tosh gladly; however that does not alter the fact that she is the jewel in radio's crown without which we would all be the poorer.

Well done Kim Hill


Kim, you are fabulous - so congratulations and long may you continue to demonstrate the art of excellent broadcasting - there are a number of young journalists on morning TV who could learn a good deal from a true professional. Keep up the good work.


Kim, what an accolade. Judged by your peers globally - wow! Well done - fantastic and I personally would say well deserved! Yes I do get cross with you sometimes but I look forward to my Saturday mornings - always good intellectual challenging listening. Thank you and congratulations


Simply the best of the best. Well deserved Ms Hill.
Warmest congratulations


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