GMG's Real Radio leads the way to IRN awards

GMG's Real Radio stations are leading the way at this year's IRN Journalism Awards with a total of six nominations. Real Radio Wales and Real Radio Yorkshire are both nominated for best news programme, competing against Radio City and Town 102, Ipswich – nominated for its coverage of the Suffolk murders.

The nominees for scoop of the year include Radio Forth for their revelation that Scotland's First MinisterJack McConnell was refusing to support England in the World Cup. Also in the running for the title is Kiss 101 for its story on racial inclusion, Mercury FM for their scoop on rogue Gatwick airport parking and TFM's "Boro in Bother".

The contribution award – bestowed to the station that has sent the most stories to the IRN network for use nationally – is this year between Clyde FM, Key 103, Real Radio Scotland and Rock FM.

IRN editor Jon Godel said: "This year has seen a huge rise in the number of entries for the UK's only radio Journalism awards. It once again proves that quality journalism is alive and well in commercial radio."

A cash prize and trophy will be awarded in each of the categories at a special ceremony in London on April 12th, 2007.

The full shortlist is;

Best Sports Coverage

GCAP Sport – 2006 Champions League Final

Key 103 – Fergie's Years

Radio City – FA Cup final 2006, FA Cup homecoming

Real Radio Yorkshire – Sheffield United's path to the Premiership

 

Best Funny Story

Hallam FM – T.C. The Amazing Cat

Radio Forth – Pigeons in Parliament

Real Radio Yorkshire – Crazy Italian Woman

XFM – My Bare Lady

 

Scoop of the Year

Kiss 101 – Racial Inclusion

Mercury FM – Rogue Gatwick Airport Parking

Radio Forth – Jack McConnell refuses to support England in the World Cup

TFM – Boro in Bother

 

Young Journalist of the Year

Will Barkway – Invicta FM

Hannah Barnes – Mercury FM

Jim Pusey – Brunel FM

Ray Sadri – Beacon Radio

 

News Reporter of the Year

Colin Mackay- Radio Forth

John Pickford – Key 103

James Webster – Real Radio Yorkshire

Siobhan Robbins – Viking FM

 

Best News Programme

Radio City – Magic at 6

Real Radio Wales – 40th anniversary of Aberfan

Real Radio Yorkshire – Websafe

Town 102, Ipswich – The Suffolk murders

 

Best News Coverage

SGR FM

Key 103 / Magic 1152

Rother FM

Kiss 101

 

Newsreader of the Year

Jason Beck Wave 105

Giulia Bould – Radio City

Howard Hughes 102.2 Smooth FM

Kevin Pashby – BRMB

 

IRN Contribution Award

Clyde FM

Key 103

Real Radio Scotland

Rock FM

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