Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Too much gravy: Evans wins prizes

No wonder this morning's Today sounded a bit ragged: they'd have been out celebrating their Best Breakfast Show prize at last night's Sonys. If anyone can explain to me how you can effectively weigh up John Humphrys interviewing Tony Blair over decisions to invade Iraq against Chris Moyles "pretending" to be a "big black man", we'd love to know.

Chris Evans won a prize - the entertainment award - just like it was 1999, and as if he was entertaining. The now-defunct Mark Radcliffe show picked up best music programme; even John Peel managed to get a gong - although that was a venerable, Broadcaster's broadcaster type prize. Having said which, we doubt if Peel would have nominated himself for such a prize.

Colin Murray was garlanded as Music Broadcaster of the Year; Christian O'Connell (who is Colin Murray with adverts) won for best competition.

These are the takey-home prize winners in full:

Breakfast show - The Today Programme (BBC Radio 4)
Music programme - The Mark Radcliffe Show (BBC Radio 2)
Specialist music programme - Friction (BBC Asian Network)
News and current affairs programme - Five Live Breakfast (BBC Radio Five Live)
Sports programme - Sportsweek (BBC Radio Five Live)
Speech programme - The Reunion (BBC Radio 4)
Interactive programme - PM (BBC Radio 4)
Entertainment award - The Chris Evans Show (BBC Radio 2)
Music broadcaster of the year - Colin Murray (BBC Radio 1)
Music radio Personality of the Year - Chris Evans (BBC Radio 2)
News journalist - John Humphrys (BBC Radio 4)
Speech broadcaster - Eddie Nestor (BBC London 94.9)
Station programmer - Francis Currie (Heart Network)
Drama - Lorilei (BBC Radio 4)
Comedy - 1966 and All That (BBC Radio 4)
Feature - Radio Ballads 2006: The Song of Steel (BBC Radio 2)
Music special - Malcolm McLaren's Musical Map of London (BBC Radio 2)
News feature - Letters from Guantánamo Bay (BBC Radio 4)
Breaking news - The London Tornado, BBC London 94.9
Live event coverage - The Alan Shearer Testimonial (Magic 1152 Sport)
Community - The Plot (BBC Radio Berkshire)
Promo - The Ashes (BBC Five Live Sports Extra)
Competition - Who's Calling Christian? (Virgin Radio)
Station Imaging - Planet Rock
Internet programme - Firin' Squad unsigned podcast
Station of the year: under 300,000 - Isle of Wight Radio
Station of the year: 300,000-1m - BBC Radio Derby
Station of the year: 1 million plus - Radio City 96
Digital terrestrial station - Gaydar Radio
UK station of the year - Classic FM
Broadcaster's broadcaster - John Peel
Gold award (outstanding contribution) - Paul Gambaccini
Lifetime achievement award (for regional broadcasters) - Tony Butler (BBC WM)

Radio City best station with a TSA over a million? There'll be celebrating at the top of St John's Tower tonight. Well, if they still have any staff on overnight.

The 2007 shortlists