English Awards for GMG and BBC

Radio 5 Live's 606 host Robbie Savage, and GMG's Rock Radio Manchester have been recognised with awards from the Plain English Campaign.

The BBC presenter won Best National Radio Programme whilst Rock Radio won Best Regional Radio with its Five Word Weather feature.

Chrissie Maher, the founder of the Plain English Campaign, said of Robbie Savage: "I know that some of our sports commentators are probably best out in the game rather than in the studio, but Robbie has won the hearts of people on both counts. He understands what he's talking about and he doesn't make a big deal about it. He goes on air just like when he is out on the field – straight to the point and no messing."

Never one to be understated, Robbie Savage said: "I'm completely overwhelmed. To think that a boy from Wrexham can win this award so early into my broadcasting career – it genuinely is a great honour. I love doing my radio work and know that I've still got an awful lot to learn. It's a good job it's for plain English. If it was for plain Welsh, I would have been struggling."

Rock Radio in Manchester (and Glasgow) makes a feature of the weather forecast by announcing it in exactly five words. "I wish I’d found this radio station a long time ago. Being out in the hills, I just need to know if it’s wellies and woollies before I step out – and the tunes certainly put a spring in my step," said Chrissie.

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