BBC Radio 6 Music named UK Station of the Year at Sony Radio Academy Awards

Fearne Cotton, Jools Holland, Chris Evans also won music related gongs last night in London

BBC Radio 6 Music has been named UK Station of the Year at the 30th annual Sony Radio Academy Awards.

The station scored the honour at a ceremony last night (May 14) at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The judges commended the station for “a confidence across its schedule that not only reflects a real passion for music but also a firm understanding of the audience.” 6 Music celebrated its tenth anniversary this year. In 2010 the station narrowly escaped closure.

The event was hosted by Chris Evans from BBC Radio 2, who was named Music Radio Personality of the Year, beating BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne into silver position, with Christian O’Connell of Absolute Radio taking bronze.

Best Music Programme was won by Fearne Cotton on BBC Radio 1, beating In:Demand Scotland on Bauer Radio Scotland and In Tune on BBC Radio 3. Other nominees in the category included Steve Lamacq for BBC Radio 6 Music and Michael Bublé for Magic 105.4. Cotton’s show was praised by judges for being “an excellent blend of the best new and live music, audience interaction and event coverage.”

Jools Holland of BBC Radio 2 was named Music Broadcaster of the Year for “his enthusiasm, diverse knowledge, passion and sense of fun”, pushing Sean Rowley of BBC Radio Kent into silver and Mistajam of BBC Radio 1Xtra into bronze positions.

Other music radio related awards won on the night were for BBC Radio 2’s Feeling Good – The Nina Simone Story Part 1, which was named Best Music Feature/Special/Documentary. Pete Townshend – Before I Get Old for BBC Radio 2 won silver and Killing Bono – A Life In The Shadow of Superstardom for GMG Radio for Real Radio and Real Radio XS scooped bronze.

Best Specialist Music Programme went to BBC Radio 2 and David Rodigan, while silver was taken by The Ronnie Wood Show for Absolute Radio and bronze to Another Country with Ricky Ross on BBC Radio Scotland.