Commercial stations take Sonys

Commercial radio stations have received a bumper crop of honours at this year's Sony Radio Academy Awards — despite strong competition from the BBC.

The Breaking News Award went to GCap Media for coverage of the London bombings. The judges praised its channels — Capital Radio, 1548am Capital Gold, Xfm and Choice FM — for the "brave decision to drop their usual music programming, the presenters adopted exactly the right tone and they seized the moment in a fashion which served their audience very well".

Radio 4 was the most successful BBC station, receiving four gold prizes in news categories.

The station won the feature award for "A Requiem for St Kilda", the news and current affairs programme prize for the Six O'Clock News Bulletin, speech broadcaster of the year for Eddie Mair and news journalist of the year went to Radio 4's Angus Stickler.

Stickler said: "I'm extremely lucky in that I get to spend a lot of time doing good, original, investigative journalism.

I'm not saying that my journalism is particularly good, but I'm given the time and the resources to delve into issues properly."

London station LBC 97.3 FM won Sony gold prizes in the Best Breakfast Show Award for Nick Ferrari and the Live Event Coverage Award for its reporting of the Boat Race 2005.

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