Mark Murphy wins radio ocscar

HE made the tea and answered the phones when he first arrived at Radio Suffolk.But yesterday Mark Murphy was the toast of the BBC station.The breakfast show host won a prestigious Sony Award on Thursday at the radio equivalent of the Oscars.

HE made the tea and answered the phones when he first arrived at Radio Suffolk.

But yesterday Mark Murphy was the toast of the BBC station.

The breakfast show host won a prestigious Sony Award on Thursday at the radio equivalent of the Oscars.

Mr Murphy, 38, was named News Broadcaster of the Year at a star-studded ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.


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He said: "It was a huge surprise. I had a nice evening out with my colleagues and we were just happy to be there. When they got to the Gold Award I was waiting for them to read out someone else's name.

"It was a tough category with some big names and I'm very pleased we did so well against the big boys. It was a huge shot in the arm, not just for me but for the whole of local radio. It is very exciting."

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Judges praised Mr Murphy's show as "the epitome of what local radio should be in its reporting of news, responding to the community and holding service providers to account."

They were particularly impressed with the BBC station's coverage of last October's storms that left thousands of people without power.

Mr Murphy, was born in Ipswich and still lives in the town. He joined Radio Suffolk when it began 13 years ago.

He had previously worked in the motor industry but always hankered after a career in broadcasting. It took him two years to get his own show and he has been presenting the breakfast show for the past three years. He is married to fellow Radio Suffolk presenter Lesley Dolphin.

Mr Murphy, who was handed the award by Channel Five presenter Kirsty Young, paid tribute to the work of his team, producers Alex Pope, Robert Thompson and Will Tillotston and reporters Jim Ensom, Kate Arkell and Joel Mapp.

"The award has got my name on it but it's not just for me. It is also down to everybody else who works at the radio station," he said.

"It will be business as usual on Monday morning, talking about traffic jams in Ipswich and the what's on guide with WI markets," he added.

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