5 live's Sony hopes
The nominations for this year's Sony Radio Awards were announced last night and they're really good news for 5 live and 5 live Sports Extra.
We've got nine nominations in total including one for what's often seen as the top award - Station of the Year. We're one of the three nominees alongside TalkSport and Absolute Radio. We've also been nominated in the Digital Station of the Year category where 5 live Sports Extra is against Planet Rock and Absolute Classic Rock.
These nominations really matter to us because Sony judges are a wide range of people who really know about radio. Ratings can tell us how many people are listening and for how long but it's wonderful to have the excellence of our output recognised by an independent judging panel. Our entries emphasised the importance of our audience in everything we do and how we are working to bring in new listeners.
Outstandingly there are three nominations for Victoria Derbyshire and her team. Victoria is nominated in the Speech Broadcaster of the Year category, for Interview of the Year (her interview with Peter Bacon) and as the best News and Current Affairs Programme.
Finally, Mark Kermode is nominated for the new Specialist Contributor of the Year award for his coverage of the world of movies for 5 live.
We'll find out the results on May 10th - but whatever happens on the night, we're very proud to have received these nominations.
Adrian Van Klaveren is Controller of BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live Sports Extra
- You can see a full list of the Sony Radio Awards nominations here.