AWARD-WINNERS 2018

On 17 October the jury’s verdict in the 65nd Ondas Awards was announced in Barcelona. For more than 6 decades it has been a benchmark and an outstanding showcase for Spanish and international talent in the audiovisual industry.

Radio Barcelona, owned by SER, gave 25 awards to the most outstanding professionals, companies and works from Spain and abroad in radio, radio advertising, television and music.

The Ondas Awards, Spain’s most long-standing and prestigious radio and television awards are given each year to the most outstanding professionals, companies and works from Spain and abroad in radio, radio advertising and television.

More than 300 entries from more than 13 countries all around the world competed for this year’s Ondas Awards, which were officially supported by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 

  • ONDAS AWARDS - INTERNATIONAL RADIO – SPECIAL PREMIO ONDAS

    COLOMBIAN RADIO

    Epitomised by the stations Radio Caracol and RCN, both of whom celebrate their 70th anniversary this month.

    The jury wishes to acknowledge the contribution of these stations to the modernisation of the...The jury wishes to acknowledge the contribution of these stations to the modernisation of the country, social harmony and defence of democracy in the most difficult of circumstances.
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    ONDAS AWARDS - INTERNATIONAL RADIO AWARD

    “IN SHAME, LOVE, IN SHAME”

    RTÉ Radio 1

    Eire /Ireland

    The jury set great store by the strength of a story which tells of major injustices suffered by the...The jury set great store by the strength of a story which tells of major injustices suffered by the same Irish family over three generations at the hands of the church in a small community in the south west of Ireland.
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  • ONDAS AWARDS - INTERNATIONAL RADIO AWARD

    “QUAND LA MER SE RETIRE” (When the tide goes out)

    Babelfish

    Bélgica

    This piece told in the first person, narrates the story of Aurélie, a young woman of 34 having to...This piece told in the first person, narrates the story of Aurélie, a young woman of 34 having to face up to cancer. Through her recordings, she lets us into the moments of her everyday life, while offering her personal thoughts on her life and predicament.
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    ONDAS AWARDS - INTERNATIONAL RADIO AWARD

    SPECIAL MENTION OF THE JURY

    “ZUWARA. STRUKTUREN EINER SCHMUGGLERSTADT” (Zuwara. How a smuggler’s town is run)

    Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB)

    Germany

    This is an outstanding work of journalism which describes the plight of those refugees who have...This is an outstanding work of journalism which describes the plight of those refugees who have reached Libya on their odyssey to Europe and who find themselves ending up as slaves.
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  • ONDAS AWARDS - INTERNATIONAL TV AWARD

    “BABYLON BERLIN”

    BETA FILM GMBH

    (GERMANY)

    The jury of the Premios Ondas for International Television has decided to award the Ondas 2018 to...The jury of the Premios Ondas for International Television has decided to award the Ondas 2018 to the series by Beta Film of Germany, Babylon Berlin for having created a European super production in which both public and private channels have collaborated to achieve a product that is skilfully directed and handled in a dynamic way. Babylon is a European production able to compete with the great international series in all markets.
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    ONDAS AWARDS - INTERNATIONAL TV AWARD

    “RABIAT: TÜRKEN, ENTSCHEIDET EUCH!” (Ruthless: Turks, make up your minds!)

    RADIO BREMEN

    GERMANY

    The jury of the Premios Ondas for International Television has decided to award the Ondas 2018 to...The jury of the Premios Ondas for International Television has decided to award the Ondas 2018 to the documentary by Radio Bremen, Germany, "Rabiat: Turks, make up your minds" for the eye-catching way in which it approaches contradictions in identity via a fresh and agile first person narrative, compatible with a multifaceted take on such a highly complex question as that of integration for different generations of immigrants.
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  • ONDAS AWARDS - INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AWARD

    SPECIAL MENTION OF THE JURY

    “¿QUÉ PASA CON LOS NIÑOS?” (What has happened to the children?)

    Noticias Telemundo

    USA

    Special mention of the jury to Telemundo for a well-pitched editorial effort in its serious approach...Special mention of the jury to Telemundo for a well-pitched editorial effort in its serious approach to a major problem. The labour of Telemundo has helped shed light on the matter, putting it on the media agenda within the United States, thereby raising awareness among the American public as to just how great a tragedy this is.
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    ONDAS AWARDS - RADIO AWARD

    Best presenter

    JORDI BASTÉ

    El Món

    RAC1

    Jordi Basté, for directing and presenting the highly successful morning magazine “El món a...Jordi Basté, for directing and presenting the highly successful morning magazine “El món a Rac1” (The World at RAC), which has led Catalan radio to scale hitherto unknown audience figures. With a highly personalist style and painstakingly chosen content, Basté has been able to draw new listeners to the radio, and most notably younger people.
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  • ONDAS AWARDS - RADIO AWARD

    Best radio programme

    LA VIDA MODERNA DE DAVID BRONCANO

    Cadena SER

    The most innovative program: “La vida Moderna” (Modern life) by David Broncano on la Cadena SER,...The most innovative program: “La vida Moderna” (Modern life) by David Broncano on la Cadena SER, due to its great use of humour as a key ingredient of social satire and for having succeeded in drawing in new generations to the radio through the digital media.
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    ONDAS AWARDS - RADIO AWARD

    Career award

    TOMÁS FERNANDO FLORES

    Radio3

    To Tomás Fernando Flores, as a driving force for culture on the radio, namely for the boost he has...To Tomás Fernando Flores, as a driving force for culture on the radio, namely for the boost he has given to Radio 3 Extra and for the way he has cleverly adapted the radio to new consumer channels.
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  • ONDAS AWARDS - RADIO AWARD

    Best special broadcast or programming

    (Ex aequo)

    JULIA OTERO. EL GABINETE

    Onda Cero

    The award goes to Julia Otero for “El Gabinete” and Isaías Lafuente for “La Unidad de...The award goes to Julia Otero for “El Gabinete” and Isaías Lafuente for “La Unidad de Vigilancia”, (Intensive Care Unit) two classic examples of sections which compete on the grill at the same hour, and which encourage interaction with listeners, with a leitmotif of using the spoken word as a medium of polite conversation as well as an instrument to be kept a close eye on, presented in a light-hearted and self-effacing way.
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    ONDAS AWARDS - RADIO AWARD

    Best special broadcast or programming

    (Ex aequo)

    ISAÍAS LAFUENTE. LA UNIDAD DE VIGILANCIA

    Cadena SER

    The award goes to Julia Otero for “El Gabinete” and Isaías Lafuente for “La Unidad de...The award goes to Julia Otero for “El Gabinete” and Isaías Lafuente for “La Unidad de Vigilancia”, (Intensive Care Unit) two classic examples of sections which compete on the grill at the same hour, and which encourage interaction with listeners, with a leitmotif of using the spoken word as a medium of polite conversation as well as an instrument to be kept a close eye on, presented in a light-hearted and self-effacing way.
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  • ONDAS AWARDS - RADIO AWARD

    Best digitally broadcast program, podcast, webradio or webcasting radio platform

    LAS TRES MUERTES DE MI PADRE"

    De Pablo Romero y Cuonda

    Podcast

    The award goes to the podcast “Las tres muertes de mi padre”, (The Three Deaths of my Father) by...The award goes to the podcast “Las tres muertes de mi padre”, (The Three Deaths of my Father) by Pablo Romero for the seamless fusion of a news story and the personal sensitivity of its author and for the legal repercussions which affected the state prosecutor’s office, leading to the setting up of a group to investigate unsolved crimes committed by ETA
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    ONDAS AWARDS - RADIO ADVERTISING AWARD

    Best radio advertising campaign

    "LAVADORAS SAMSUNG"

    Publicis Comunicación España

    Samsung

    A good idea, well executed, taking advantage of the frequency of messages the radio enables with...A good idea, well executed, taking advantage of the frequency of messages the radio enables with intelligent and witty variations. This is an advertiser that has backed the radio to promote a type of product less familiar to the airwaves.
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  • ONDAS AWARDS - RADIO ADVERTISING AWARD

    Best radio advertising agency

    PINGÜINO, TORREBLANCA & PARTNERS, S.L.

    For its special dedication to the radio and consistent quality of its products for a variety of...For its special dedication to the radio and consistent quality of its products for a variety of advertisers, with a high level of creative concepts, scripts and promotions.
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    ONDAS AWARDS - TELEVISION AWARD

    Best entertainment programme

    OPERACIÓN TRIUNFO

    RTVE

    For having been able to connect with a new generation of viewers through bringing through young...For having been able to connect with a new generation of viewers through bringing through young talent, while upholding values such as diversity and equality.
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  • ONDAS AWARDS - TELEVISION AWARD

    Best current affairs programme or special coverage

    RADIO GAGA

    Canal #0 de Movistar+

    Due to its ability to portray a television which is both exciting and sensitive, without falling...Due to its ability to portray a television which is both exciting and sensitive, without falling into the trap of falsity, while giving a full and demonstrative view on the complexities of life as it really is.
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    ONDAS AWARDS - TELEVISION AWARD

    Best male presenter

    JESÚS CALLEJA

    Planeta Calleja

    Cuatro

    The award goes to Jesús Calleja for his enthusiasm and commitment in “Planeta Calleja”, for a...The award goes to Jesús Calleja for his enthusiasm and commitment in “Planeta Calleja”, for a format that has managed to innovate from the classical television format of travel reporting.
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  • ONDAS AWARDS - TELEVISION AWARD

    Best female presenter

    SANDRA SABATÉS

    El Intermedio

    La Sexta

    Sandra Sabatés for her work as presenter in the “El Intermedio” where she offers an independent...Sandra Sabatés for her work as presenter in the “El Intermedio” where she offers an independent viewpoint, professional quality and empathy with viewers, all in the name of program that puts a critical spin on current affairs.
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    ONDAS AWARDS - TELEVISION AWARD

    Best Spanish series

    FARIÑA

    Antena 3

    This work has seen both critics and audiences agree on this historical account of the emergence of...This work has seen both critics and audiences agree on this historical account of the emergence of the drug culture in the 80s, with a background of social and political corruption. The series is further upheld by some outstanding acting and sets.
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  • ONDAS AWARDS - TELEVISION AWARD

    Best male actor (fiction)

    ORIOL PLA

    Oriol Pla for his role as Justo Gil in the series “El día de mañana”, (When tomorrow comes),...Oriol Pla for his role as Justo Gil in the series “El día de mañana”, (When tomorrow comes), an unforgettable likely lad in a Barcelona full of political and social ups and downs of the 60s and 70s.
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    ONDAS AWARDS - TELEVISION AWARD

    Best female actor (fiction)

    (Ex aequo)

    AURA GARRIDO

    Aura Garrido for her role as a woman in the post-Franco and transition years in Spain in the series...Aura Garrido for her role as a woman in the post-Franco and transition years in Spain in the series “El día de mañana”, (When tomorrow comes), a portrait that contributes to remind people of a critical period in the recent history of Barcelona.
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  • ONDAS AWARDS - TELEVISION AWARD

    Best female actor (fiction)

    (Ex aequo)

    PATRICIA LÓPEZ ARNAIZ

    Patricia López Arnaiz for her lead role in “La otra mirada”, (The other look) where she...Patricia López Arnaiz for her lead role in “La otra mirada”, (The other look) where she represents the value of education for empowering women and to enable them to claim their rightful place in the world.
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    ONDAS AWARDS - TELEVISION AWARD

    Best programme broadcast on non-national broadcasters or channels

    ELS HOMES DEL SILENCI

    Ottokar, TV3 and RTVE

    For a solid historical document exposing many of the key events of the Transition to democracy in...For a solid historical document exposing many of the key events of the Transition to democracy in Spain, the return from exile of Presdent Tarradellas and the standard set for the collaboration between TV3 and RTVE.
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  • ONDAS AWARDS - TELEVISION AWARD

    Best digital broadcast content or platform

    PAQUITA SALAS

    Netflix

    For being an alternative series, funny, unbiased and which throws up unique characters, able to...For being an alternative series, funny, unbiased and which throws up unique characters, able to create their own zany, environment, very 21st century, and for its singular homage to the TV itself with a star like Brays Efe, an absolute one-off.
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    ONDAS AWARDS - MUSIC AWARD

    Career award

    MANOLO GARCÍA

    For a career spanning four decades, with different, outstanding moments in which his unique and...For a career spanning four decades, with different, outstanding moments in which his unique and integrating hybrid lyrics and musical style have come to be part of the very Best of Spanish popular music history. His creative processes, which merge the flexible and the musical, are a mirror for an artist who has poured out his soul in his artistic work. This singer- songwriter, from Barcelona with roots from the Mancha is one of very few to be able to blend tones of flamenco and pop in a range of styles, all of which have led him to become a point of reference for other great musicians.
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  • ONDAS AWARDS - MUSIC AWARD

    Best show, concert tour or festival

    CONCIERTO DE VETUSTA MORLA EN LA EXPLANADA EXTERIOR DE LA CAJA MÁGICA, MADRID

    Concierto "Sedal Madrid", Vetusta Morla

    Due to the repercussion in terms of fans, drawing an audience of 38,000 and for a real leap in...Due to the repercussion in terms of fans, drawing an audience of 38,000 and for a real leap in quality of both staging and detail put into the show, Vetusta have treated every event as a unique occasion. Today, they are enjoying a singular moment in their career, creating in their own way, one of the most faithful musical followings in Spain, and where live performances are a key part of their artistic identity.
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    ONDAS AWARDS - MUSIC AWARD

    Best musical communication

    REDBULL MUSIC ACADEMY

    For having illustrated the value of music as part of their cultural marketing strategy from a...For having illustrated the value of music as part of their cultural marketing strategy from a constructive view point. They have developed a new vision of the musical value chain, boosting the careers of artists, DJs, producers and music journalists in a network and with mutual support within the framework of an online academy and radio as the key axes of this movement.
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  • ONDAS AWARDS - MUSIC AWARD

    Musical sensation of the year

    OPERACIÓN TRIUNFO 2017

    This talent show has managed to reboot itself to appeal to a changing audience profile. With its...This talent show has managed to reboot itself to appeal to a changing audience profile. With its work on the social networks in conjunction with traditional media to forge firm channels of communication, the program has managed to generate a musical success without precedent for a wide ranging audience. This phenomenon is now expanding into Latin America too.
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AWARD-WINNERS 2018

On 17 October the jury’s verdict in the 65nd Ondas Awards was announced in Barcelona. For more than 6 decades it has been a benchmark and an outstanding showcase for Spanish and international talent in the audiovisual industry.

Radio Barcelona, owned by SER, gave 25 awards to the most outstanding professionals, companies and works from Spain and abroad in radio, radio advertising, television and music.

The Ondas Awards, Spain’s most long-standing and prestigious radio and television awards are given each year to the most outstanding professionals, companies and works from Spain and abroad in radio, radio advertising and television.

More than 300 entries from more than 13 countries all around the world competed for this year’s Ondas Awards, which were officially supported by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 

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