Annie Nightingale recognised in New Year Honours List 2020

BBC Radio 1 presenter Annie Nightingale has been awarded a CBE for services to radio in the New Year honours list.

Annie joined the BBC in 1970 for a regular programme on BBC Radio 1 and remains there to this day with a weekly show, and will celebrate 50 years at the station next year.

She was also appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to radio broadcasting in 2002.

In 2004, Annie was the first female DJ from Radio 1 to be inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame.

Elsewhere, outgoing Ofcom Chief Executive Sharon White has become a Dame for public service.

Former 5 Live presenter Gabby Logan has received an MBE for services to Sports Broadcasting and the Promotion of Women in Sport, whilst former North-West based radio journalist Alistair Clarke gets the same recognition for services to Social Enterprise in Lancashire.

Alistair was joint News Editor at Radio Wave when it launched in 1993 and went on to work at Wish FM and Wire FM from launch in April 1997 to June 2004. He is now chair of Social Enterprise Solutions in Blackpool and vice-chair of Social Enterprise Lancashire. Look out for his opinion piece on radio in the community appearing on RadioToday soon.

And radio critic Gillian Reynolds MBE, who was the first Programme Controller of Radio City in Liverpool in 1974, has been awarded a CBE for services to radio.

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6 Comments
  1. Cameron McGarva says

    A true radio legend, phenomenal work from Annie for what will be 50 years in 2020. Truly amazing and right that she continues on Radio 1. Well done Annie!

  2. Radio Geordie says

    Annie getting an honour, fair enough.
    But Gabby Logan? WTF?
    Why does she get one when another broadcasting legend (Tony Blackburn) doesn’t get a sniff of one.
    The Spectre of Saville must still be hanging around (although I thought they Royals turned a blind eye to that sort of thing).

    1. Ade says

      I don’t think the Queen decides who gets an honour. I think it’s someone in the Government. The Queen only ‘bestows’ the honours.

      1. Radio Geordie says

        Totally missed the point.
        The comment about the royals was in relation with Saville – i.e. Prince Pedo.

  3. Brian says

    It’s a joke, Dame Redundancy more like.

    So many good people out of work, with Dame White moving the goalposts to accommodate the wishes of big business whilst a whole industry has been changed and will probably never recover, as hundreds face changes in life after years of working hard for nothing. For me so called honors should be made public and for people to get a have to have a say via a vote/poll, rather than the clueless rich & powerful being out of touch with regular folks handing out gongs to keep people onside for any future money making or life ruining plans.

    1. mb23 says

      Hiring 50 people in various locations to read out the same one liners and play the same tracks in the same order isn’t local radio. The rules were outdated and needed updating for a digital age.

      If there is an audience for local commercial radio the market will provide it. It’s time to look forward with small-scale DAB for proper local radio.

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