BBC double for radio at Freesat Awards

BBC Radio 1 Xtra has been named Best Digital Radio Channel the 2012 Freesat Awards.

Radio 5 live, meanwhile, picked up the prize for Best News Channel – beating a handful of television channels to the award.

Other nominees up against 5 live were Al Jazeera English, the BBC News Channel and CNN. The judges said: “BBC Radio 5 Live was the clear winner in this category – a channel which we all felt was ‘agile, quick and intelligent’, and with some of the best presenters around.”

1Xtra fought off competition from BBC Radio 6 Music and Planet Rock for their award. The judges said: “1Xtra breaks talent that no-one else will. Without them we wouldn’t have Plan B or N’Dubz.”

Last year’s Best Digital Radio Channel winner was Absolute Radio, while in 2010 the winner was Absolute 80s. 5 live was also ‘highly commended’ at last year’s awards in the News Event Coverage of the Year category for its coverage of the General Election.

Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 3:10 pm by RadioToday UK

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