Shannon Matthews local radio station nominated for award

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Real Radio Yorkshire’s coverage of the Shannon Matthews kidnapping has made the shortlist for this year’s Arqiva commercial radio awards.

The Guardian Media Group station, which includes Matthews’ home town of Dewsbury in West Yorkshire in its patch, followed the story of the nine-year-old’s disappearance in February 2008 and her discovery a month later.

The station also produced a special report following mother Karen Matthews’ conviction for kidnapping and false imprisonment of her daughter in December. It is nominated for feature of the year.

Bauer Radio’s Teesside station, TFM, is shortlisted for the news award alongside Pirate FM in Cornwall and Peak FM in Chesterfield.

The winners will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony in London on Friday 5 June.

Veteran commercial radio presenter Neil Fox, who announced the shortlists at an event in London last night, said: “In these tough economic times, and despite facing increasing competition from what is effectively a recession-proof BBC, commercial radio continues to flourish.”

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