BBC Radio Berkshire wins gold in Sony awards

Jon Potter, Duncan McLarty, Polly Falconer and Andrew Peach BBC Radio Berkshire teamed up with Company Paradiso

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BBC Radio Berkshire has won gold and bronze in the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Mental health comedy project Warning: May Contain Nuts won top prize in the Best Community Programming category.

Anne Diamond won bronze as Speech Broadcaster Of The Year in the awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel, London.

Station editor Duncan McLarty said: "We are really proud to be recognised in this way. I'm very grateful for the hard work of our talented team."

For Warning: May Contain Nuts, BBC Radio Berkshire teamed up with Company Paradiso to use comedy as a way of looking at mental health issues.

The six-month workshop project culminated in a comedy night in Reading with stand-up routines from professional comedians on issues of mental health and from people who attend mental health drop-in centres in Reading and Slough.

The judges said they were "impressed with the way this sensitive topic was handled throughout the project....the station showed real integration can be achieved through laughter."

Jon Potter, from Company Paradiso, said: "It was great, there were thousands of broadcasters there and it's wonderful for Berkshire to be there, let alone to be on the stage and win an award."

He added that the win was unexpected.

"Our table was miles away from the stage in a dark corner which we thought meant we wouldn't be winning," he said.

Judges said of Anne Diamond: "Anne draws from her own experiences in a touching and radio-relevant way."

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