Irn Unveils Winners Of 2007 Radio Journalism Awards

London, 13.04.07 – Today the top commercial radio news talent from across the UK are celebrating their award wins at the IRN Radio Journalism Awards fast becoming one of the most talked about events in the radio industry’s calendar.

The nominees for the IRN commercial Radio Journalism Awards battled it out in nine categories; News Reader of the Year, News Reporter of the Year, Best News Coverage, Best News Programme, Best Sports Coverage, Scoop of the Year, Young Journalist of the Year, Best Funny Story and the IRN Contribution Award. This year the IRN judges also introduced a new award to recognise an individual’s outstanding contribution to commercial radio journalism.

Giulia Bould from Radio City was named the UK’s Best News Reader at the awards ceremony today. The judges said Giulia’s bulletins were well targeted and creatively written to engage the station’s core demographic.

Colin Mackay from Radio Forth picked up the News Reporter of the Year gong for his outstanding delivery of news in the past 12 months.

Scoop of the Year went to Mercury FM who set the national news agenda on the day showing strong investigative reporting techniques on rogue parking fees at Gatwick Airport

Magic 1152/Key 103 took home the Best News Coverage accolade for coverage of the growing gun crime in Manchester among teenagers.

Best News Programme was presented to Real Radio Wales who put together a fantastic package commemorating the 40th anniversary of Aberfan. Real Radio Yorkshire took home the Best Sports Coverage for insightful reporting of Sheffield United’s path to the Premiership.

Beacon Radio’s Ray Sadri was rewarded the Young Journalist of the year title. The Judge’s said Ray’s ability to get to communicate the issues with such authority so early in his career made him the number one choice.

The award for Best Funny Story was picked up by Real Radio Yorkshire for the Crazy Italian Woman report who spoke to Real Radio Yorkshire after Italy winning the World Cup. The interviewee enhanced her communication techniques by singing rather badly over Italian opera tracks.

This year the IRN Contribution Award was awarded to Real Radio Scotland who provided IRN’s national news desk with a number of lead stories over the past year.

This year the newly introduced IRN Special award was given to Smooth FM’s Howard Hughes for his extraordinary contribution to commercial radio journalism. All the winners received a trophy and a cash prize from guest presenter, IT Newsreader Alastair Stewart

IRN Editor Jon Godel said: ‘These awards illustrate the important role local radio news teams play in their area. This year we saw some high quality, distinctive journalism from across the UK proving newsgathering in commercial radio news is alive and well.’

The IRN News Awards were launched five years ago to celebrate the high quality of Journalism in UK commercial radio and is backed by all the key UK radio groups.

The full list of winners is;

Best Sports Coverage Real Radio Yorkshire Sheffield United’s path to the Premiership.

Best Funny Story Real Radio Yorkshire Crazy Italian Woman.

Scoop of the Year Mercury FM Rogue Gatwick Airport Parking.

Young Journalist of the Year Ray Sadri Beacon Radio.

News Reporter of the Year Colin Mackay Radio Forth.

Best News Programme Real Radio Wales 40th anniversary of Aberfan.

Best News Coverage Key 103 / Magic 1152.

Newsreader of the Year Giulia Bould Radio City.

IRN Contribution Award Real Radio Scotland.

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