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7 Sony Gold Awards for 5 live

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Adrian Van-Klaveren Adrian Van-Klaveren | 09:53 UK time, Tuesday, 10 May 2011

The one occasion every year which brings the whole radio industry together is the Sony Radio Academy Awards. One night in May is a moment to reflect on the highs of the previous year and to remember why radio matters so much to people because of its ability to connect, entertain and inform.

Last night 5 live had a brilliant night, winning more awards than any other radio station as we picked up seven golds, plus three silvers and a bronze. I'm especially pleased that the awards were spread right across 5 live's output. Here's a full list of all the winners.

In the news categories, we won both Breaking News (for Drive's coverage of the formation of the coalition) and Best News and Current Affairs Programme, which was won by Victoria Derbyshire. Victoria also picked up silvers in both the Speech Programme and Speech Broadcaster categories.

5 live Breakfast once again won the Best Breakfast programme award - a wonderful note to mark the ending of Nicky and Shelagh's on-air partnership. Our coverage last September of the Ryder Cup was the Best Live Event coverage whilst Fighting Talk presented by Colin Murray won the Sports Programme category.

5 live dominated the Speech Radio Personality of the Year section. It was great to see Danny Baker there to pick up the gold (he's back on air with us a week on Saturday) whilst Nicky Campbell and Shelagh Fogarty received the silver and Stephen Nolan was awarded the bronze for his work for both us and Radio Ulster.

And the evening got off to a great start when Robbie Savage collected the Rising Star award - the only award chosen by popular vote.

The other awards are chosen by the Sony judges, an independent collection of people who either work in radio or simply love it. Once again they have recognised in spades the quality and range of what 5 live does every day. Every presenter who picked up an award last night made a point of both mentioning the team they work with but also you, our audience. It's not just for listening but also for being so much a part of what we do every day. Those contributions are a huge part of what makes 5 live special.


  • Comment number 1.

    Love ins. Especially Shelagh and Nicky. Nauseating.

    Who won the mini Adrian?

  • Comment number 2.

    "Best broadcaster in the room".....my ****

  • Comment number 3.

    Congratulations to Nicky, Shelagh and Danny.

    Robbie Savage's award is highly dubious.

    The spin as usual is unbelievable... "Sony judges, an independent collection of people who either work in radio or simply love it." ... the judges are anything but independent... there are an enormous number of BBC judges and also includes Richard Bacon, Anita Anand, Brett Spencer (for 5Live Interactive chief) and AVK himself.

    It is so disappointing that the Controller only pops up here for propaganda posts.

  • Comment number 4.

    The egos' have landed.

    Hard to justify winning a Rising Star Award from a wind up merchant who finds it difficult to put a coherent sentence together and some strange voting patterns.5live no longer Station of the Year......lost out to Talksport.Says it all really.I see you failed to mention that fact.

  • Comment number 5.

    Don't forget to nominate your, by far, best 5live broadcaster next time.......the quite superb Rhod Sharp.The guy never gets the recognition he fully deserves.

  • Comment number 6.

    Binkie you are 100% correct. Rhod Sharp is outstanding.

    I read that Mr Savage won with the largest number of public votes ever received.
    The 'People's Choice' award needs to be scrapped or overhauled at the worst, it no longer has any credibility, especially with the allegations, raised in the Guardian, about an the inducement of a Mini being offered for one 'lucky' voter of Mr Savage.

  • Comment number 7.

    Quote ' Once again they have recognised in spades the quality and range of what 5 live does every day. Every presenter who picked up an award last night made a point of both mentioning the team they work with, but also, you our audience. It's not just for listening, it's also for being so much a part of what we do every day. These contributions are a huge part of what makes 5 live special. '

    Adrian Van Klaveran has impressed me very much with these words. He obviously has the vision that you need to be controller. The station well deserves its success with the listeners.

  • Comment number 8.

    I think you would expect AV-K to say all of that. As far as Savage is concerned, if you watch the little video with his mother going on about him, I am afraid you would think the future of football broadcasting, as he now calls himself a broadcaster, is doomed. Radio rage is the way forward. Next, ummm Wayne Rooney and errrr Stevie G. take to the airwaves.

  • Comment number 9.

    However jaundiced one's views on the Sonys are, it was a very good night for 5Live. Thursday's Q1 RAJARs might provide more sobering reading though!


  • Comment number 10.

    I've seen the future of 5live radio and it is..........

    ........Robbie Savage.

  • Comment number 11.

    Robbie Savage is a classic example of how the management at 5Live get things so wrong. During the World Cup last year I actually enjoyed the games that he was the pundit on. He was quite refreshing..a welcome change from Lawro's terrible broadcasting and his obsession with all things ironic - when in fact he means coincidence! Trouble is, when someone like Savage gets too much air time he quickly becomes an irritant. 606 is now not an option for me - I cant listen for more than 30 seconds.
    Well done to John Inverdale, Iian Carter and John Murray. The Ryder Cup on Five was brilliant - I single these three out because although Campbell's input was poor and totally pointless these 3 made it fantastic.

  • Comment number 12.

    Russ, I think 5Live is to be congratulated for it's success at the Sony's, a great result, with two exceptions, how on earth Victoria continues to be lauded by the jury is bizarre and, as has previously been discussed here, Robbie Savage's award is a farce.

    Ah, the RAJARs, the spin doctors will be getting paid overtime this week. Roll on Thursday.

  • Comment number 13.

    TalkSport wins UK Station of the Year, surely that has to be a joke!!!

    As for Savage i must agree with others on here, how he won that award is mystfing, but looking at it objectively, he must have a large growing fan base, that must be the reason the BBC are promoting him so much across thier platforms.

    The rest of the awards are i think well deserved.

    Well done 5live!!!

  • Comment number 14.

    You couldn't switch on Saturday nights' 606 over past few weeks without having to endure the facile Savage begging listeners and callers to vote for him in these 'awards'. Totally unprofessional but alas , not suprising.

  • Comment number 15.

    Carrie you said in the 5live BBC Trust Blog that "I guess Moz Dee should know what he is talking about" well his response on winning various Sony awards was "“A Sony Gold Award is the highest honour which can be afforded to anyone working in radio" so seeing as Moz Dee has said this, will you accept that the Sony Awards are indeed impartial, and the awards given out are fully justifed in the majority of cases?

  • Comment number 16.

    Ah, the inevitable post-Sony Awards vitriol from the usual suspects. Have they got anything new to say? Sadly not; it's just the usual ill-informed vehemence, again.

    And in 48 hours we'll have to suffer the inevitable post-Rajar vitriol from the same people. How tedious....

  • Comment number 17.

    Congratulations on the success. As the subject has beenr aised where do the find out the make-up of the judging panel?

  • Comment number 18.

    @LadyEcon - Thank you! You can find out who all of the judges are on the Sony Awards website. It does not tell you what category they judged but you can also read about the judging process here.

  • Comment number 19.

    Victoria Derbyshire is fully deserving of her award, excellent programme in the late morning slot.

    But I must echo the comments re Robbie Savage. Some people must have very bad taste. Perhaps I could win an award from my fellow posters here if I SHOUT EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME.. erm maybe not.

    And talkSPORT winning UK radio station of the year, well all I can say is it's obvious some people believe in miracles, but not quality output.

  • Comment number 20.

    Its always good to read differing opinions on here and I don't think that there is anything wrong with listeners having their say, be it good or bad and I just wish that something permanent could be set up for that purpose.

    We all know by now that these awards ' do the rounds ' and I could imagine Talksport or TalkRadio being rewarded a few years back when the likes of James Whale,Tommy Boyd ( The Human Zoo ) or the late Mike Dickin where broadcasting then.Some of the most entertaining speech radio I'd say ever but not now.The only presenter I have anytime for now is Mike Graham, the rest of the wind up's and tiresome lot you can keep.I can't think of a radio station less deserving of being called ' Station of the Year ? '.

    I can only think that the likes of 5lives Colin Murray,Richard Bacon and the ' Queen of tabloid radio ', Victoria Derbyshire have somehow become untouchable as regards their positions at 5live.I am completely underwhelmed towards the awards dished out to both Murray and Derbyshire but nothing or no nomination for Rhod Sharp or Dotun who do a superb job ,along with the under used Eleanor Oldroyd.I've tried but I can't fathom it all out ?

  • Comment number 21.

    The Q4 2010 listening figures published by Rajar, show a reach for All People 15+ for 5Live of 7,093,000.

    So how can 5Live win the best breakfast show (over 10 million)?

  • Comment number 22.

    The cream of British radio braodcasting: Savavge VD Nolan Murray.....are as deserving of their awards as TalkSport theirs for station of the year.

    As predicted it was Talksport (see Jan.2011) nominations. It'll go like this: next year BBC radio 3, then Absolute, radio 4, Planet Rock, radio 2 etc. round and round. Over each decade no-one is missed out for an award or sentimentality

  • Comment number 23.

    @15. No. I am the best mother in the world. My children voted for me. Savage offered a bribe, no word yet from AV-K. Just because it seems like a small fry bribery case doesn't make the principle less important than World Cup bribers. As far as Moz Dee, he and Shennan presided over the dumbing down period of a station we all loved. And if TalkSPORT won this year's best station, what on earth does that say about all you haters of that station who love last year's winner so much?

  • Comment number 24.

    congratulations Five live - I think the awards are well-deserved. Mind you the fact that Talksport won an award does get one thinking on what the criteria are for winning! This said I have loved breakfast for seven years now and I am very sad that I can no longer listen to it. It is dreadful now and I can't see anymore awards coming its way. I just wish you had chosen a presenter up to Shelagh's standards. I am sorry that the Up All Night presenters don't get the mentions they deserve.

  • Comment number 25.

    ... a quick note to answer ryanw's question - the category won by 5 live Breakfast was for stations with a POTENTIAL audience of 10 million plus - as defined by their TSA (the area and population covered by their transmission). It's a way of making sure that smaller stations who make great radio aren't overshadowed by the big ones when it comes to winning Best Breakfast.

  • Comment number 26.

    Congratulations to Nicki and Sheila for a well deserved win, however I suspect it will be the last for the morning show since Rachel Burden took over Sheila's spot. Can no one at the BBC see that she does not have a voice for radio. Apart from the fact that she is so obviously just reading a script, with no feeling at all, she dosn't have the sort of clear voice that you need for radio, how on earth did she ever get the position!! I have listened to five live in the morning for years and loved waking up to it, however I am as from tomorrow going over to radio 4 where the presenters can be clearly understood. I do not want to have to strain my ears any longer trying to make out what that woman is saying, life is too short! Apart from the irritating voice, she dosn't appear to listen to whoever she is interviewing and just wants to have her say.Sorry Nicki but she has ruined it for me and I suspect a lot of other listeners.

  • Comment number 27.

    Its a great pity that the Sony Awards doesn't have a catergory for ' most cringewrothy radio ever broadcast ' because that Richard Bacon interview with Kay Burley on this website would win hands down.Two people obviously very much in love with........... themselves.If anyone has the time please give it a listen.

  • Comment number 28.

    Good news re the return of Danny baker this Saturday!

  • Comment number 29.

    'Great radio' Scott. That's the sort of speak we hear from supermarket bosses. This is supposed to be a news lead radio station - cut the PR rubbish please.

  • Comment number 30.

    28. At 15:46pm 11th May 2011, Sarnia wrote:
    Good news re the return of Danny baker this Saturday!

    I echo and applaud that sentiment. The week is now complete; 5 days of The Treehouse and the saturday morning void now suitably filled with original entertainment.

    Viva La Candyman!

  • Comment number 31.

    Thanks Scott for your intervention and clarification. Like Floski I fear it might be your last for a while. Did anyone think to conduct tracking research and focus groups before appointing Rachel. She seems like a lovely person but her I can't handle her voice five days week.

    It is very interesting also that there was a post earlier, almost echoing your post, by 'someone else', which subsequently was removed and replaced by your post.

    I draw from this that it therefore possible for posts to be removed without trace ( ie. the numerical ordering is unbroken) and/or it is possible for you to rename posters names and/or post using nondeplumes?

    Could you please confirm?

  • Comment number 32.

    Ryan i noticed the same thing,was that you Scott posting under a different name?

    Ryan what was the posters name who made the initial post?

  • Comment number 33.

    @ryanw & Fedster - Scott is the editor of 5 live Breakfast. His comment wasn't deleted and replaced. His user name was changed from '5livebrekkieed' (or similar) to his real name. His comments are also now shaded in a different colour so you can he is BBC staff.

  • Comment number 34.

    How many other 5Live employees are posting under a nondeplume and without the colour differentiation? Makes you wonder.

  • Comment number 35.

    I couldn't believe that Victoria Derbyshire won that award. I hate everything about her dumbed down programme. I totally agree with the posters who can't listen to Rachel Burden in the morning. I have already written to complain. I have nothing against her as a person, but how has she risen so far as a radio presenter with such a voice? I am also fed up of her interrupting and not listening and don't see there being much chemistry with Nicky Campbell. He's very irritating anyway but Shelagh kept him in check.

  • Comment number 36.

    I'm sure we can expect a Rajar post today... so I'll keep this short and will be interested in the post from the Controller.

    An early look at the figures reveals the second greatest lost of listeners in over 5 years, with 440,000 people deserting the station.

    The spin will be interesting, as would the release of the full RAJAR figures which are not commercial sensitive as they available to the BBC's competitors and paid for by license fee payers!

  • Comment number 37.

    Regarding the Rajars, with big international news stories like the Japan Earthquake, Egypt and Libya did listeners turn to more serious news channels for the coverage?

    I see BBC Radio 4 has its biggest ever audience. Maybe listeners don’t see 5 Live as the home of news anymore?

  • Comment number 38.

    Yes you beat to me it Dom.It doesn't take much working out that 5lives loss has been Radio 4s gain.It looks like many have taken that route for serious news.

    Pity that 5live are so sensitive about releasing audience figures for individual programmes.TS do it so why not 5live ? I'd like to know what I am paying for and are they deserving of their huge salaries.

  • Comment number 39.

    I caught the last 5 minutes of Shelagh's show today which I've heard a bit lately (and like) but I was very disappointed to hear her end with celebrity trash with Colin Patterson (who I think is excellent btw). Don't we get enough of that on Bacon's show?

    Then on to Bacon (75% NEWS remember)... the setup at the top of the hour? "Questions to Lord Archer, thoughts on Eurovision and practical problems for 'Help', and we'll try to keep you up to date with the latest breaking news."

    We'll try?! As if it is an after thought!!! It should be the first thing you do, and the Eurovision drivel (which isn't news) should be relegated to the sidelines.

    Today's programme for example should cover one or more off --

    David Laws statement
    Hundreds queue for food after Spain earthquake
    Demjanjuk Convicted for Role in Nazi Death Camp

    Third murder hunt as another body found in Bradford this morning
    Queen Elizabeth II's coronation - 21645 days ago
    British Airways, Union Reach Deal

    Neil Lennon incident
    'Brave' soldier to present FA Cup

    Instead we get Eurovision and Help.

    Not fit for purpose.

  • Comment number 40.

    Totally agree ryanw.

  • Comment number 41.

    I don't listen to 5live much anymore. I get my news from Radio 4. VD is turning into another Woman's Hour with Apprentice Highlights and she still has that cringingly embarrassing music review.


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