McCanns' local station up for IRN award

One of the biggest news stories of the last year, the disappearance of Madeline McCann, has led to an IRN award nomination for the McCann’s local station, Leicester Sound.

The GCap station is up for best news programme for its coverage, competing against 105.4 Century FM (NW) for its gun crime special, Real Radio Scotland for the Commonwealth Games and Hallam FM’s 6 o’clock News.

Hallam FM has racked up a further three nominations – best news coverage for its coverage of the floods last summer, news reader Katy White for newsreader of the year, and for scoop of the year for ‘Mystery floods hero’.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday 15th April at the Heads of News Conference in London. The awards will be broadcast live via the IRN2 audio channel.

See below for a full list of nominations.

Young journalist of the year

  • Kate Henderson – Viking FM
  • Ayden Peach – Time 106.8
  • Alice Griffith – Trax FM
  • Roz Hutchings, Original 106.5

Best news coverage

  • Mercury FM – Terror trial reaction
  • Clyde FM – Glasgow wins 2014 Commonwealth Games bid.
  • Hallam FM – Flood coverage.
  • XFM Manchester – Death of Tony Wilson

News reporter of the year

  • Claire Hannah – Rock FM
  • Giulia Bould – Radio City 96.7
  • Michael Coombes – Isle of Wight
  • Sean Woods – 105.4 Century FM (NW)

Best funny story

  • Dave Easson – Magic 999, Pie Eating Championship
  • Chris Maskery – Chiltern FM, Bobsleigh
  • Real Radio Scotland, Jermaine Jackson in a kilt
  • Dan Entwhisle – 100-102 Century FM (NE), Geordie accents

Scoop of the year

  • Capital FM – London car bombs
  • 105.4 Century FM (NW) – Rhys Jones
  • Red Dragon FM – Soldier’s funeral
  • Hallam FM – Mystery floods hero

Best news programme

  • Leicester Sound – Madeleine McCann
  • 105.4 Century FM (NW) – Gun Crime Special
  • Real Radio Scotland – Commonwealth Games
  • Hallam FM – 6 o’clock News

Newsreader of the year

  • Kevin Gover – Dream 107.2
  • Kate Kopczyk – 105.4 Century FM (NW)
  • Katy White – Hallam FM
  • Matthew Schofield, Capital FM

Best sports coverage

  • Radio City 96.7 – All the Tickets Are in the Wrong Hands
  • Key 103 FM – Ricky Hatton Live from Las Vegas
  • Northsound – Uefa Cup campaign
  • Minster FM – Chasing the Dream

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