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Monday, 19 March, 2001, 10:33 GMT
BBC dominates Sony nominations
Terry Wogan
Both Terry Wogan and Radio 2 are up for Sony awards
The BBC has taken the lion's share of the Sony radio award shortlist, with BBC Radio 4 alone taking 27 nominations.

The nominees for the awards, which take place on 30 April in London, were chosen by a judging panel of more than 100 from both inside and outside the radio industry.

The nominations reflect the diversity of the British radio scene, with BBC Radio 2's Terry Wogan up against Kiss 100's Bam Bam Breakfast for the Breakfast Music Award, and Classic FM's Henry Kelly competing with the likes of BBC Radio 1's Dreem Teem for the Music Broadcaster Award.

Fighting it out for Station Of The Year will be BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and talkSPORT, the talk station bought by former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie and relaunched with a sports format in January 2000.

Image revamp

BBC Radio 2 took the Station Of The Year title two year ago and has since revamped its image for a younger audience, while BBC Radio 3 - nominated last year but beaten by Classic FM - has expanded its interests by bringing in regular world music and jazz slots, widening its previously classical emphasis.

Radio 1's Mark Radcliffe
Radcliffe: Nominated for two awards

The Entertainment Award nominations include Bitz and Pieces (EMAP network), the Jonathan Ross Show (BBC Radio 2), Terry Garoghan's Last Bus to Whitehawk (Southern FM) and The Mark Radcliffe Show (BBC Radio 1).

Besides the entertainment award, Mark Radcliffe's show is up for an award as the best daily music programme, with other nominees including BBC Radio 2's Johnnie Walker Drivetime show, Music: Response (XFM), Suzie McGuire (Clyde 1) and Ugly Phil (Kiss 100).

Radio 1's replacement for Zoe Ball, Sara Cox, is not on the shortlist.

Diversity

Talking Point On Air, produced by BBC News Online for the BBC World Service, is nominated in the Interactive Awards category.

Tim Blackmore, Chairman of the Sony Radio Academy Awards Committee, said: "This year's nominations reflect the sheer diversity and strength of radio programming in the UK.

"The 2001 awards look set to be a truly compelling event."

See also:

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29 Apr 99 | Entertainment
Sony Radio Award winners
29 Apr 99 | Entertainment
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02 Nov 00 | Entertainment
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