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Gold for Bristol-based podcast
Mary Colwell
Mary said she was "delighted" and "really pleased" to win the award

A Bristol-based podcast programme, which recently won a Sony Radio Award, has won another top accolade.

The Budgerigar and the Prisoner - produced by Clifton Cathedral parishioner Mary Colwell - has picked up a World Gold Medal in New York.

Mary said she was "delighted" and "really pleased" to hear about her most recent success.

For 52 years, the New York Festivals Radio Awards has recognised the world's best work in radio broadcasting.

Mary said: "'The Budgerigar and the Prisoner' really seems to have hit a spot, and I'm delighted about the New York Festivals Radio Awards.

"Les's story is universal and speaks to anyone. If it brings a sense of hope anywhere in the world it will have done its job. I'm really pleased."

Along with prisoner Les, Father Robert King features in the podcast.

He said: "I'm thrilled that such a simple story of redemption should receive international acclaim.

"Everyone has a tale to tell and Les's story inspires hope as people strive to find their own way in life."

The World Gold Medal is decided by a grand jury made up of top radio professionals from five continents and more than 25 countries.

Each year the New York Festivals Radio Awards selects winners from radio stations, networks and producers from over 30 countries.

The podcast is also on the shortlist to win the internet audio award at the Jerusalem Radio Awards - the announcement for this prize takes place at the Royal Academy in London in October.

The Clifton Diocese, which serves the Catholic community in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire, has won this honour for the past two years.

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