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Studio 1 takes home CBAA award

09 November 2020

Vision Australia Radio’s current affairs show Studio 1 and host Matthew Layton have taken out the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia award for Excellence in News and Current Affairs Programming.

Matthew said he was thrilled just to be nominated but to win is a fantastic result and well deserved by the whole team of people who put together Studio 1 each week.

The award recognises the commitment to bringing the latest news and vital updates about current issues. Studio 1 takes a look at life in Australia from the perspective of people who are blind or have low vision, each week focusing on a different topic.

As a Brit with over 20 years under his belt in UK radio and living with low vision since birth, Matthew provides his unique perspective to each Studio 1 episode.

“The show’s aim from the beginning has always been, and will continue to be, to get the voices, stories, passions and opinions of as many people living with blindness and low vision onto the radio as possible,” Matthew said.

“Vision Australia have given me my dream job and I’m excited that the industry has recognised the fantastic work we do. My mission is to get people to tell their stories in their own way – as fully rounded humans with emotions, passions and even, shock horror, every now and again, a sense of humour!”

Vision Australia Radio manager Conrad Browne congratulated Matthew and the team on what is well deserved recognition by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.

Studio 1 is also nominated for Best Radio Podcast in the 2020 Australian Podcast Awards up against some tough competition. Winners will be announced on Saturday November 21 at

Studio 1 is available in a series of podcasts covering many topics related to living with blindness and low vision. Click here to listen to all past episodes on Podbean.