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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 May 2006, 00:04 GMT 01:04 UK
Radio 1 named station of the year
Chris Moyles
Chris Moyles said the award had been "a long time coming"
BBC Radio 1 has won the station of the year title at the Sony Radio Academy Awards for the first time.

The channel's DJs, Zane Lowe and Chris Moyles, also both scooped prizes at the prestigious ceremony in central London.

Meanwhile, BBC Radio 4 took seven awards from its 24 nominations, winning best news and current affairs for its six o'clock news bulletin.

And Chris Evans, who hosts BBC Radio Two's drivetime show, was named music radio personality of the year.

Evans defeated rivals Jamie Theakston of Heart 106.2, Xfm's Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley of BBC 6 Music and Virgin's Tim Lovejoy to win the accolade.

I am standing here as a shining signal that if you hang around long enough they are bound to give you something
Terry Wogan

Accepting his award, Evans thanked the BBC for giving him "a second chance".

"Well done to all the winners tonight and all the nominees, especially Danny Baker, my friend," he said.

His arrival at Radio 2 last month saw more than 1,000 listeners complain and prompted the station's controller, Lesley Douglas, to issue a statement saying Evans should be given a chance.

Radio 1 breakfast host Chris Moyles won the entertainment award while his colleague Lowe won specialist music programme and music broadcaster of the year.

Long time

Moyles said it had been a long time coming and joked: "I never have to come to one of these godforsaken Sony nights ever again. Thank you very much."

Meanwhile, Radio 2's Terry Wogan received the gold award for outstanding achievement.

He said: "I am standing here as a shining signal that if you hang around long enough they are bound to give you something."

Chris Evans and Andrea Corr
Chris Evans received his music personality award from Andrea Corr
Other awards for Radio 4 included prizes for Eddie Mair, who won speech broadcaster of the year and Angus Stickler, who took news journalist of the year.

Radio 4 had 24 nominations in total, the most of any station this year.

Nick Ferrari of London station LBC won the breakfast show award, while the speech programme award went to Stephen Nolan of BBC Radio Ulster.

Station programmer of the year was Richard Park of Magic 105.4, while regional station Kerrang! 105.2 West Midlands received four awards including station of the year with a potential audience of over one million.

The awards took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane on Monday.


SEE ALSO:
Sony Radio Awards: The winners
09 May 06 |  Entertainment
Evans takes two radio nominations
29 Mar 06 |  Entertainment
Evans to host Radio 2 Drivetime
02 Mar 06 |  Entertainment
Chris Evans starts Radio 2 show
17 Sep 05 |  Entertainment
Chris Evans makes radio comeback
06 Jul 05 |  Entertainment
BBC Radio 2 named best UK station
10 May 05 |  Entertainment


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