Prison radio station conquers Sony Radio Awards

LONDON - Radio 1, the multiple Sony Radio Academy award-winning station, failed to secure any awards at this year's ceremony, hosted last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

Electric Radio Brixton... awarded
Electric Radio Brixton... awarded

Rather than awarding the usual suspects such as Terry Wogan, Chris Moyles and Chris Evans, this year’s ceremony was dominated by a more unlikely winner, Brixton’s prison radio station, Electric Radio Brixton, which scooped four awards, including two gold gongs.

The Prison Radio Association-owned station, which is produced and presented by prisoners, is only broadcast behind prison walls.

The BBC did manage to pick up a number of awards for its other stations, with Radio 3 winning national station of the year and BBC Radio 5 live scooping five gold awards – two for its breakfast show and one for its Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode-hosted film reviews.

BBC Radio 4 also won three accolades, including the comedy prize for its Count Arthur Strong radio show.