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Planet Rock wins BT Award

Planet Rock has won its second major station award this year. The digital-only station has won Best Radio Station at the BT Digital Music Awards 2008.

The shortlist for the music industry award was BBC 6 Music, BBC Asian Network, Gaydar Radio and Passion for the Planet.

It has been a busy week for the station, which is launching a new programme schedule with David Jensen, Darren Redick and celebrated blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa joining the Planet Rock team. A new long-term deal with Digital One has also been signed to ensure a the station continues to transmit on DAB across the UK.

Earlier this year Planet Rock won Digital Station of the Year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Glyn Jones, acting chief executive, Digital One said: "We're delighted that Malcolm Bluemel and the Planet Rock team have chosen to extend the successful partnership that's brought a rock station into millions of British homes. Not to have Planet Rock as part of the national commercial radio line-up would have been unthinkable. This is a great deal for listeners, rock fans and everyone who enjoys sharing breakfast with Alice Cooper."

This news comes on the same day that Planet Rock was honoured as ‘Best Radio Station’ at the BT Digital Music Awards, trouncing BBC 6 Music, BBC Asian Network, Gaydar Radio and Passion For The Planet. This weekend also sees an exciting new presenter line up at Planet Rock

Trevor White, programming director, Planet Rock told us: "To be named as ‘Best Radio Station’ is really special because Planet Rock listeners won this award by voting for us in their thousands, so it belongs to all of us. In the last week, under the new ownership of Malcolm Bluemel, we have left GCap, set up new offices, got a new sales team and started broadcasting from our own studios, so the award is a great way to start Planet Rock’s new adventure as a truly independent radio station."

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