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Inmates compete for radio awards

Jonathan Aitken
Mr Aitken spoke to the station about his prison experiences

A London-based prison radio station has received four nominations in the prestigious Sony Radio Academy awards.

Electric Radio Brixton's interview with Jonathan Aitken, the former cabinet minister who was jailed for perjury, will compete for the interview award.

The Brixton prison station was also shortlisted in the community, speech and listener participation categories.

Launched in 2007, the station's content is developed and produced by prisoners and it broadcasts 24 hours a day.

Tim Blackmore, chairman of the Sony Radio Academy Awards, said: "Every year we try to adjust the categories to match the continual evolution of our industry and this year's entries have shown once again that alongside their heritage of 27 years, these awards remain truly contemporary."

The station aims to help inmates develop communication and IT skills.

Furthermore, it has become the principal source of information for the prison population in the south London jail.

In the interview, Mr Aitken describes the fear he felt while "in the cage" at HMP Belmarsh and discusses the physical threats he received.



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