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Radio Scotland Sony award triumph

12 May 09 07:36 GMT

BBC Radio Scotland has won a Sony Radio Academy award for one of its programmes.

"The Investigation: Never too Old to Care" was a Stark Production for Radio Scotland, presented by Edi Stark.

The judges awarding it the Gold award in the News Special category, described the programme as "a great piece of journalism".

The 27th Sony Radio Academy Awards were judged by more than 100 industry professionals.

Edi told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme she was thrilled.

She said the programme covered a very important subject: "It's about giving people a voice that needs to be listened to.

Right tone

"People who are caring for loved ones at home, past retirement age, get no money, nothing - and we need to do something about it."

The judges' verdict read: "A great piece of journalism.

"This programme dealt with a very important but largely neglected subject: the 110,000 over-60s in Scotland who are caring on an unpaid basis for family or for friends who are unable to look after themselves.

"Edi Stark's sympathetic but unsentimental style hit just the right tone with what is a highly emotive subject.

"In doing so she secured some great interviews.

"The seamless production cleverly combined great first-hand story-telling with enough context and analysis of the wider issue."

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