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Wednesday, 3 May, 2000, 10:26 GMT 11:26 UK
Not arf! Awards glory for Fluff
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Alan Freeman: "Held in high affection"
Veteran DJ Alan "Fluff" Freeman has been given a lifetime achievement honour at the radio industry's biggest annual awards.

Freeman, 72, was handed the prize at the Sony Radio Awards in London by Dale Winton, the broadcaster who has taken over his long-running Pick Of The Pops show on BBC Radio 2.

He told guests that Freeman - catchphrase "Not arf!" - was "a man who has served, and is held in the highest affection by, quite literally, every sector of our industry".

The award to Australian-born Freeman, who continues to front Radio 2's Their Greatest Bits after 40 years of broadcasting, was one of the highlights of the ceremony.


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Pete Tong: Second year of success
Radio 1's influential weekend dance DJ Pete Tong lifted the Music Broadcaster Award, beating his station colleagues Tim Westwood and Jo Whiley to the prize.

For Tong it was the second year running that he had won a Sony. Judges said: "Pete Tong has redefined dance music radio, making it the new pop with his cool, credible and alternative style."

Jonathan Ross's Radio 2 programme took the Music Presentation Award less than a year after he began at the station.


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Jonathan Ross: Presentation prize
The News Award went to Radio 5 Live's coverage of the Soho bomb last year, presented by Brian Hayes.

Judges praised the "well-judged coverage of a major breaking story, combining eyewitness accounts with impressive analysis".

Commercial station Classic FM picked up the prize for national station of the year, after just missing out to Radio 2 last year.

Local stations were also honoured, with the BBC's Radio Foyle, which broadcasts in Northern Ireland, picking up the award for small local station of the year.

London's Kiss 100 took the prize for larger stations, a year after the dance station hit controversy when it relaunched with a more mainstream sound.

Its morning DJ Bam Bam - whose real name is Peter Poulton - won two prizes, which included beating Zoe Ball to the breakfast music show prize.

BBC Radio Merseyside's Roger Phillips beat competition from radio heavyweights like Radio 4's John Humphrys and Radio 5 Live's Andrew Neil to take the news and talk broadcaster award. Judges said: "His interview skills are very subtle yet very effective."

Radio 4 took four titles - the Speech Award, Short Form Award, the Drama Award and Feature Award.

The overall Sony Gold Award for services to the radio industry - won last year by Zoe Ball - went to Classic FM's chief exectutive Ralph Bernard.

As chairman of the Digital One consortium of commercial stations, he has been instrumental in promoting the move to digital radio.

The Awards:

  • Event Award: Gold - The Open (BBC Sport for BBC Radio 5 Live).
  • Sports Award: Gold - Super Sunday (BBC GLR, now London Live).
  • News Award: Gold - Late Night Live: Soho Bomb (BBC Current Affairs News for BBC Radio 5 Live).
  • Speech Award: Gold - The Evacuation: The True Story (Martin Weitz Associates for BBC Radio 4).
  • Comedy Award: Gold - Blue Jam (TalkBack Productions for BBC Radio 1).
  • Short Form Award: Gold - Woman's Hour Inserts (BBC Features & Events for BBC Radio 4).
  • Drama Award: Gold - Plum's War (The Fiction Factory for BBC Radio 4).
  • Music Presentation Award (stations with an audience of 500,000 to 12 million): Gold - Bam Bam Breakfast (Kiss 100).
  • Music Presentation Award (stations with a UK audience): Gold - Jonathan Ross Show (BBC Music Entertainment & Off The Kerb Productions for BBC Radio 2).
  • Feature Award: Gold - Out of the Darkness: The Triumph of Nelson Mandela (Radio 4 Home Current Affairs for BBC Radio 4).
  • Entertainment Award: Gold - Jon & Andy (103.2 Power FM).
  • Interactive Award: Gold - On The Ball (BBC Scotland).
  • Music Special Award: Gold - For Your Ears Only (BBC Music Entertainment for BBC Radio 2).
  • Specialist Music Award: Gold - Worldwide with Gilles Peterson (Somethin' Else for BBC Radio 1).
  • Competition Award: Gold - Jono's Australian Experience (Heart 106.2).
  • News & Talk Broadcaster Award: Gold - Roger Phillips (BBC Radio Merseyside).
  • Music Broadcaster Award: Gold - Pete Tong (Wise Buddah for BBC Radio 1).
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Alan "Fluff" Freeman.
  • Public Service Award: Gold - BBC Music Entertainment for Radio 1 for the programmes Out Of The Red, Chemical Beats and Sunday Surgery.
  • Breakfast News & Talk Award: Gold - The Morning Programme (BBC Radio Foyle).
  • Breakfast Music Award: Gold - Bam Bam Breakfast (Kiss 100).
  • Station Sound Award: Gold - Classic FM.
  • Station of the Year (with an audience of up to 500,000): Gold - BBC Radio Foyle.
  • Station of the Year (with an audience of between 500,000 to 12 million): Gold - Kiss 100.
  • Station of the Year with a UK audience: Gold - Classic FM.
  • Sony Gold Award: Ralph Bernard, chairman of Digital One and Chief executive of Classic FM and the GWR group.

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