Northern Ireland

ARIAS: Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle win three awards

Stephen Nolan
Image caption Stephen Nolan was named UK speech broadcaster of the year

BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle have won three national awards at the inaugural ARIAS in Leeds.

Radio Foyle won gold in the best news coverage category while presenter Stephen McCauley won bronze for UK music broadcaster of the year.

Stephen Nolan was named UK speech broadcaster of the year.

He fended off competition from Jeremy Vine, Kirsty Young, Jane Garvey and Nihal to win the award.

The ceremony, hosted by the Radio Academy, took place at Leeds Beckett University.

"These awards are a measure of our success and it is wonderful that our efforts have been recognised by our peers in this way," said Fergus Keeling, BBC Northern Ireland's head of radio.

"I'm enormously proud of Stephen Nolan, Stephen McCauley and our BBC Radio Foyle news team for their success."

Earlier this month, Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle received 12 awards at the Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) Radio Awards.

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