Only Northern Irish radio station to be nominated……..
Citybeat’s amazing award winning run continued in London yesterday as the Belfast based radio station picked up another major prize. This time success came at the 2007 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, widely regarded as the “Oscars” of the UK commercial radio industry.
A glittering turnout of stars and business leaders from the media world saw Citybeat lift the top award for ‘Commercial Radio Station of the Year’.
This latest triumph came straight off the back of another win just four days ago at the world famous New York Festival Radio Awards in Manhattan when Citybeat programme “Belfast Tonight” won a Bronze medal for Best Local News Magazine Programme.
Citybeat were the only radio station from Northern Ireland to be nominated in either awards ceremony.
Commenting at the Arqiva’s in London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel, Citybeat Station Director, Richard Collett said:
“We were delighted when we heard we were nominated for this accolade but to win in the face of such strong competition from other great UK radio stations is really unbelievable! It’s great for the station as a whole, and Citybeat are extremely proud to be flying the flag of excellence for Northern Ireland radio on a local, national and international level.
“I’d also like to pay tribute to our news team for their great achievement at the New York Festival Radio Awards less than a week ago. What they have done has really raised Citybeat’s profile, and indeed that of Northern Irish news broadcasting onto a truly world stage”
The ‘Commercial Radio Station of the Year Award’ is the latest in an impressive haul for Citybeat in 2007 – the station was also nominated for ‘Sales Team of the Year’ at the Arqiva Awards.
Previous wins this year have included CIPR and PANI Awards and then in June the station won two major “gongs” at the Big Buzz Irish Entertainment Awards for Best Irish Commercial Radio Station, and Best Irish Radio Show (Breakfast) for “Belfast’s Bigger Breakfast” with Mark & Dave.