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Student wins national radio gong
Helen Boaden
The BBC's Head of News, Helen Boaden, was one of the judges
A Kent man has been crowned the UK's best student news broadcaster.

James Laidler, 20, from Gillingham, impressed the judges - who included the BBC's director of news, Helen Boaden - with his investigative journalism.

Mr Laidler began as a volunteer at the Medway Maritime Hospital's radio station before moving on to student radio while at Southampton University.

His prize includes a work placement at BBC Radio Five Live, a digital radio and a glass trophy.

'No Paxman'

Mr Laidler's attempts to engage young people in politics was also praised by the judging panel.

But he insisted he is no Jeremy Paxman, saying: " I don't think so - Jeremy is more scary than next door's rottweiler."

When he graduates in July, Mr Laidler plans to pursue a masters degree in journalism.

The Student Radio Awards has been running since 1996 and has become a showcase for radio industry talent spotters looking for future presenters and producers.


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