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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 May, 2005, 12:45 GMT 13:45 UK
BBC Radio 2 named best UK station
Steve Wright and Alice Cooper
Wright collected his award from rock star Alice Cooper
BBC Radio 2 has been named UK station of the year at the annual Sony radio awards ceremony in London.

DJ of the year went to Danny Baker, of BBC London 94.9's breakfast show, while Radio 2's Steve Wright won a lifetime achievement award.

London station Xfm was the leading commercial outfit. Its DJ Christian O'Connell won three awards.

Radio 1 won five awards, including Zane Lowe winning music broadcaster of the year and the specialist music award.

Danny Baker

It also won an award for its tribute to late DJ John Peel, Teenage Dreams So Hard To Beat, which was collected by Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker.

Radio 2's success came after industry figures last week showed the station is the most popular in the country, with 13.3 million listeners and a 16.5% audience share.

Speech award

Radio 2's other main award of Monday night went to Jeremy Vine, who won speech broadcaster of the year.

The station's controller, Lesley Douglas, said: "I really, really didn't think Radio 2 would have won this. It certainly has very little to do with me, but has an awful lot to do with the presenters."

Christian O'Connell
Xfm's Christian O'Connell was named best breakfast DJ

O'Connell took the competition award for his Rock School series, which asked people to do cover versions of rock hits.

The morning presenter - who also hosts Radio Five Live's Fighting Talk series - said: "It's the kind of thing that the BBC should be doing, but can't be bothered. We don't have half your budget, but you don't believe in live radio or the music."

He also beat Johnny Vaughan - of sister station Capital FM - to breakfast show of the year, and Jonathan Ross on Radio 2 to the entertainment award.

A special award went to UK Radio Aid, the initiative which saw commercial stations link up to broadcast special programming in aid of the survivors of the tsunami.

Radio 4's Eddie Mair was awarded news journalist of the year.

  • Hours after his Sony win, Danny Baker told listeners he was leaving his breakfast show on BBC London 94.9.

    The station said he was taking "an extended holiday" but would "definitely" return to the station.

    Baker's agent said the DJ wanted to write a film script for TV channel Five.



  • SEE ALSO:
    'New music' DJs head up Sony list
    06 Apr 05 |  Entertainment
    Xfm's O'Connell wins Sony honour
    13 May 04 |  Entertainment
    Vaughan takes over Capital show
    20 Apr 04 |  Entertainment
    The perfect breakfast radio show?
    18 Apr 04 |  Entertainment


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