Radio judges honour Liverpool news team

The news team at Liverpool’s Radio City were among the winners at this year’s NTL Commercial Radio Awards for the third time in five years.

The awards, which were hosted by Heart 106.2’s Jono and Harriet, reward talent and professionalism in commercial radio stations across the country. This year there were more than 340 entries for 19 categories.

Rutland Radio won the station of the year for TSA (Total Survey Area) under 300,000. Mercia FM took the same award for TSA 300,000 to one million. Wave 105 won station of the year for TSA over one million.

The winner of the NTL Commercial radio news award was the Radio City news team.

Steve Hothersall, news and sport editor at Radio City, said: “It’s great to think that our standard is consistently high.

“More commercial radio stations are cutting back on news and don’t prioritise it. Here in Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire our heritage and listenership is such that we value news, sport and information highly.

People here like to talk, they like to gossip and they like know what is going on.”

The winning team at Radio City is seven-strong. Its entry included coverage of an 11-year-old boy’s suicide. The story turned into a campaign against bullying running for many weeks.

Footballers Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney and singer Kim Marsh spoke on air in support of the campaign.

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