Radio people honoured for Queen’s Birthday

A number of radio presenters have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, including Adil Ray and Cindy Kent.

Adil, appointed an OBE, is best known as the writer and actor behind the BBC sitcom Citizen Khan, but started his broadcasting career 20 years ago on the radio. His first full time job was drivetime on Galaxy 105. He also worked at Radio Aire, Century 105 and Choice FM before joining BBC Asian Network where he progressed to the breakfast show.

Premier Christian Radio presenter Cindy Kent has been awarded an MBE for services to religious broadcasting. She joined Premier when it launched but before that worked for BBC Radio 2, Capital and LBC.

Cindy says: “There are so many people I know who deserve this honour more than me,” she said. “I am so grateful to those who put me forward.”

“I hope I carry on working for Premier for a long time because it’s become such a big part of my life. How amazing that I can share the news on the station’s 21st birthday!”

Premier’s chief executive, Peter Kerridge said: “Cindy is the ultimate professional and her dedication, faithfulness and irrepressible enthusiasm have been recognised in this award. It is a fitting accolade to a lifetime of broadcasting excellence.”

Also being recognised is former LBC presenter Janet Street-Porter CBE for services to Journalism and Broadcasting, and former BBC Wales Political Editor (Jonathan) Glyn Mathias for public service and services to Broadcasting in Wales.

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