GMG praised at Arqiva Awards

GMG Radio took home the Gold Award at the 2009 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, whilst former CEO John Myers was presented with the Arqiva Special Award.

The industry awards, hosted by Absolute Radio breakfast show presenter Christian O'Connell were watched by over 500 people from around the country.


Highlights include Classic FM and talkSPORT both scoop 2 gongs, STAR Radio Cambridge’s Ryan Taylor awarded New Presenter Award, Jamie Theakston and Harriet Scott proclaimed Radio Presenters of the Year, and Planet Rock takes Digital Station of the Year

[b]The winners in full are below:[/b]

Radio Marketing Award – Sponsorship and Promotions Team – 107.6 Juice FM

National Sales Team of the Year – talkSPORT

Local Sales Team of the Year – Alpha Radio

Station of the Year < 300,000 TSA - STAR Radio CambridgeStation of the Year 300,000 – 1 million TSA - Lincs FMStation of the Year > 1 million TSA – talkSPORT

Programmer of the Year – Darren Henley – Classic FM

Presentation Newcomer – Ryan Taylor – STAR Radio Cambridge

Radio Presenters of the Year – Jamie Theakston & Harriet Scott – London’s Heart

Station Sound – JACKfm

News Award – Pirate FM News Team

Programme or Feature of the Year – The A-Z of Classic FM Music – Classic FM

Station Creative Award – Gary Muircroft, Carole McConnell & Ann-Marie Miller – Central FM

Technical Innovation – Global Radio Creative Technology for the iPhone Application

Digital Station of the Year – Planet Rock

Social Action Award – 97.4 Rock FM – Breakfast Breakout

In addition, special awards were given out to Suzanne Grant of Radio City in Liverpool for Marketing, Take That for most played song on commercial radio, John Myers for the Special Award, the COI for spending lots of money on commercial radio, and GMG Radio for their investment in commercial radio programming.

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Paul Eaton, head of radio at Arqiva said: "It's great to be supporting these prestigious awards for the 10th year in a row. The number of submissions again this year has been very encouraging, and the level of expertise among all entries is forever increasing. Our congratulations go to all winners and Arqiva is very proud to help recognise the entire radio production chain and support functions."

Andrew Harrison, chief executive of RadioCentre commented: “The Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards recognise the huge diversity of programming that Commercial Radio offers – these stations work incredibly hard day in day out to ensure their listeners hear great radio programmes – congratulations to all the winners.”

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