Northern Ireland

Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle have won 12 awards at the PPIs

BBC Evening Extra presenter Seamus McKee picks up News Broadcaster of the Year award with producer Claire Noble
Image caption BBC Evening Extra presenter Seamus McKee picks up News Broadcaster of the Year award with producer Claire Noble

BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle received 12 awards at the Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) Radio Awards 2016 on Friday night.

The gongs included gold in the Station of the Year category.

The station won six Gold, three Silver and three Bronze awards at the prestigious event, which took place on Friday night in Kilkenny.

BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle secured 20 nominations.

Image caption John Toal won Gold for Specialist Music Broadcaster

The nominations spanned the full range of output, including speech, news and current affairs, specialist music, comedy and Irish Language.


The BBC award winners were:

  • BBC Radio Ulster was named Station Of The Year
  • BBC Radio Foyle was awarded a Bronze in the Local Station Of The Year category
  • BBC Radio Foyle won Gold in the News Story category
  • BBC Radio Foyle Breakfast won Silver in the News Programme category
  • BBC Radio Ulster's Seamus McKee was named as News Broadcaster of the Year, while BBC Radio Foyle's Enda McClafferty picked up the Silver award
  • The Nolan Show - When Nolan Met Sir James Galway - won Silver in the Interactive Speech Programme category, while Talkback, presented by William Crawley was awarded Bronze in the Interactive Speech Programme category for their programme on Black Eye Friday
  • Across The Line, which this year celebrates 30 years on the air, won Gold in the New Irish Music category
  • Live at the Sunflower won Bronze in the Comedy programme category
  • Sound supervisor John Benson received a Gold in the Best Live Sound category for his work on the BBC's coverage of the City of Derry Jazz Festival
  • John Toal was awarded Gold in the Specialist Music Broadcaster category

Fergus Keeling, Head of Radio for BBC Northern Ireland said "We are passionate about providing our audiences with programmes that reflect their lives and their interests and we work hard daily to deliver fresh, engaging and informative content."

Image caption Sound supervisor John Benson (second from left) received Gold in the Best Live Sound category for his work on the BBC's coverage of the City of Derry Jazz Festival along with Patricia McMurray and Richard Yarr

He added "This has been an incredible year for BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle as we remain the most listened to station in Northern Ireland, but it is also a measure of our success that our efforts have been recognised by our peers in this way, at the PPI Awards.

"I'm enormously proud of the presenters and teams for their success."

The PPI Awards ceremony was presented by Dermot Whelan to a packed room with many of Ireland's well known radio presenters, producers, programme staff and radio station heads.

Image caption ATL, which celebrated 30 years on air this year, won Gold in the New Irish Music category

A total of 90 judges this year took part, more than ever before and all of them drawn from the radio industry, north, south and across the water. They are required to shortlist from 700 entries across 37 categories.

BBC presenters the late Sir Terry Wogan and Paddy O'Flaherty were remembered for their work in the 'Lest We Forget' section of the awards.

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