GMG Radio picked up four of the nine awards in the annual IRN News Awards. Now in its sixth year, the awards celebrate high quality journalism in UK commercial radio.
The awards were presented by News at Ten anchor Julie Etchingham.
105.4 Century FM won three awards on the back of its coverage of the Rhys Jones murder. The station won Scoop of the Year for its interview with a witness who saw the gunman open fire. Sean Woods picked up the News Reporter of the Year accolade and the station also picked up Best News Programme for its Gun Crime Special.
Jon Godel, Editor of IRN said: "The entries show that commercial radio journalism is in a great place in 2008. The relationships local radio teams form with the public are key to producing great stories and these awards recognise the important role they play in the local and national news agenda."
[b]Best Sports Coverage[/b]
All the Tickets Are in the Wrong Hands – Radio City 96.7
[b]Best Funny Story[/b]
Pie Eating Championship – Dave Easson, Magic 999
[b]Scoop of the Year[/b]
Rhys Jones witness interview – 105.4 Century FM
Young Journalist of the Year[/b]
Alice Griffin, Trax FM
[b]News Reporter of the Year[/b]
Sean Woods, 105.4 Century FM
[b]Best News Programme[/b]
Gun Crime Special – 105.4 Century FM
[b]Best News Coverage[/b]
Glasgow wins 20014 Commonwealth Games bid – Radio Clyde
[b]Newsreader of the Year[/b]
Matthew Schofield – Capital FM
[b]IRN Contribution Award[/b]
Real Radio Scotland