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Radio Devon is BBC favourite

BBC Radio Devon has won an award for the Best Regional Radio Station in the media category of the 28th annual Plain English Campaign awards. BBC Radio Five Live's Midday News has also been awarded a gong for Best National Radio Programme.

Robert Wallace, Radio Devon Managing Editor, says: "For me, what makes this all the more special is that this is not a media industry award which we have entered ourselves, it's based purely on listeners recommendations."

BBC Radio 5 Live's Midday News, presented by Aasmah Mir, has been awarded Best National Radio Programme.

"The Midday News programme on Radio 5 Live needs a fluid and fast response to a changing news agenda. That's exactly what it gets from an extremely skilled team, featuring presenter Aasmah Mir. The programme uses language clearly, precisely, and engages even the most distracted listener," the award organisers said.

The Plain English Campaign is an independent self-funding pressure group which has had notable success in persuading many UK and worldwide organisations to communicate with the public in plain language.

The campaign takes up grievances of people who have been baffled by bureaucratic language, small print and legalese of official information. It promotes the use of plain language and each year presents awards to those organisations who are judged to have produced the best and worst examples of English.

Lenny Henry will present the awards at The Brewery in London tomorrow evening (Tuesday 11th December).

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