About

Gemma Cairney

After a brief go at drama school and a stint working in fashion in her early 20s, Gemma is now a BBC broadcaster, magpie, life enthusiast who has won awards for making documentaries on subjects such as young people in violent relationships, she presents The Surgery Show on BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday nights at 9pm and co-produced and presented internet entertainment show, The Fox Problem. Gemma has presented shows and one offs for BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, 2, 3, 4, 4 Extra, 6Music and BBC World Service. She is also founder of boutique production company – Boom Shakalaka Productions. She likes to write, explore the planet, trek mountains and DJ garage classics.

2017 will see the release of Gemma’s first book – ‘Open, a toolkit for how magic and messed up life can be’ published by Pan Macmillan.

Gemma’s awards to date:

(2016) Winner of the Rose D’or Award for Best Music Programme for Amazing Grace on BBC 6Music, presented by Gemma Cairney & produced by Jax Coombes.

(2016) Silver Winner for Best Music Special at the New York’s Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs for Amazing Grace on BBC 6Music presented by Gemma Cairney & produced by Jax Coombes.

(2015) Silver Award Winner for Best Music Special at the New York’s Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs for BBC 6Music’s – Mali Music presented by Gemma Cairney & produced by Jax Coombes.

(2014) A Women to Watch Under 30 Award at Red Magazine’s Women Of The Year Awards.

(2014) SONY GOLD for Best Documentary for Tempted by Teacher. Presented By Gemma Cairney & produced by Markthree Media for BBC Radio 1.

(2013) SONY GOLD for Best Documentary for Bruising Silence presented by Gemma Cairney & produced by Snappin’ Turtle Productions for BBC Radio 1.

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