Becky Ja­cobs wins a Sony Gold award for her lit­er­ary pod­cast

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

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.

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