Radio Suffolk scoops top industry prize

BBC Radio Suffolk wins Sony Award for coverage of Gosnold anniversary celebrations.

RADIO Suffolk scooped a prestigious Sony Award last night for its coverage of the 400th anniversary celebrations of the first English settlement in America.

The station won the gold award for The Live Coverage Event award, with its Gosnold 400 feature, covering how the milestone was marked in the United States.

Suffolk explorer Bartholomew Gosnold was instrumental in founding the first English-speaking colony in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, and last year marked a host of anniversary celebrations both sides of the Atlantic. Breakfast show presenter Mark Murphy flew out to Jamestown, Virginia, to join and broadcast the celebrations.

The Sony Radio Academy Awards - the industry's “Oscars” - saw Radio 2 Russell Brand win his first Sony, scooping the Entertainment Award, while Suffolk-based broadcaster Simon Mayo beat John Humphrys to Speech Broadcaster of the Year.

Radio 1's Chris Moyles won a Sony Gold for best Breakfast Show and Jonathan Ross on Radio 2 won the Music Radio Personality Award.

Radio 4 won UK Station of the Year, putting Radio 2, the UK's most popular station, in second place.

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Dermot O'Leary, originally from Colchester, beat fellow Radio 2 DJ Johnnie Walker to the Music Programme award.

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