Gillards mark 40 years of BBC local radio

This year's Frank Gillard Awards, the awards honouring achievement in BBC local radio, will mark the 40th anniversary of the corporation's local radio services.

BBC Radio Leicester began broadcasting in November 1967, followed by Sheffield, Merseyside, Stoke, Nottingham, Brighton, Durham and Leeds.

The BBC's director general, Mark Thompson, will host the awards on 24 November.

The awards are named in honour of the founder of BBC Local Radio in England, Frank Gillard, who died in 1998.

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