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PRA Chair appears on 2GB Sydney to talk NPR

Check out this interview with Prison Radio Association founder and Chair, Roma Hooper OBE, on radio 2GB in Sydney.

Here, she tells the story of the PRA and how fellow Trustee Mark Robinson got her involved in prison radio.

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PRA staff member elected to Radio Independents Group Board

Andrew Wilkie, the PRA’s Director of Radio and Operations, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Radio Independents Group (RIG – the body that represents the interests and needs of the UK’s independent radio production industry).

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PRA Productions tells beautiful, tragic story on BBC World Service

Prince Nico Mbarga wrote one of the biggest-selling singles in world music history, but you’ve probably never heard of him.

PRA Productions’ latest documentary for the BBC World Service tells the beautiful, tragic story of Sweet Mother, with DJ Edu.

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Two silvers for PRA Productions at the New York Festivals

We are proud to announce that we have won two silver awards for our BBC Radio 4 productions at the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards.

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We are looking for a Digital Director

How would you like to work for the reigning Charity of the Year?

We’re looking for someone to fill an exciting new position in the heart of our Senior Management Team, based in our brand new premises at HMP Styal, near Manchester.

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On The Case

National Prison Radio is teaming up with the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to help people in prison understand their rights if they feel they are the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

Our unique new series of programmes, On The Case, tells stories from people who have successfully appealed and aims to ensure everyone in prison knows what the CCRC does.

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How many people listen to National Prison Radio?

National Prison Radio broadcasts to over 81,000 people in prison across England, Wales and Scotland, and 72% listen regularly. The average listener tunes in for 11.4 hours every week.

These are the main findings from the Prison Radio Association’s annual Impact Snapshot.

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Keep On The Straightline

Our brand new weekly Straightline Request Show is broadcast on National Prison Radio and also online at

It features requests across the prison walls, between prisoners and their loved-ones. We do it because keeping family bonds healthy helps reduce crime.

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Can Writing Letters Help Reduce Crime?

Having a solid network of family and friends to return to after release from prison is the single most important factor in reducing a person’s likelihood of returning to jail.

National Prison Radio has partnered with the Shannon Trust to bring a unique programme to the airwaves which supports family bonds.

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Straightline artwork wins D&AD Pencil

Our developing multimedia platform, Straightline, has walked off with one of the most coveted awards in the design world – a D&AD Pencil, at the 2017 D&AD Professional Awards.

The team behind the design is Supple Studios.

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