Radio Ulster and Foyle pick up eight awards at PPI ceremony

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BBC Northern Ireland's radio stations have picked up eight awards at the Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) Radio Awards in Kilkenny.

BBC Radio Foyle won gold in the Local Station Of The Year category and presenter Sarah Brett picked up the News Broadcaster of the Year Award.

BBC Radio Ulster's Evening Extra collected a gold for the programme's coverage of the heavy snow in March.

The Listening Project won gold in the Short Feature category.

Blas was awarded silver in the Craoltóireacht le Gaeilge (Irish Language) category.

There were also three bronze awards.

BBC Radio Ulster won a bronze in the News Story category for its coverage of the flags' protest; Ralph McLean won bronze in the Specialist Music Broadcaster Of The Year category and BBC Radio Foyle's Pure Culture got bronze in the Specialist Speech category.

Fergus Keeling, Head of Radio for BBC Northern Ireland said the awards were a "tribute to the skills, talent and commitment" of the BBC's staff.

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"Quality, creativity and diversity are the open secret of BBC Radio Ulster and Foyle's success," he said.

"We work hard to provide audiences with great programmes - reflecting their needs and interests and putting them at the heart of everything that we do.

"Listening figures are one measure of success, but it's also important to have critical recognition from other broadcasting professionals.

"I am enormously proud of their achievements and of the work that they do every day, week and month of the year."

The annual PPI Awards involve radio stations from across the island of Ireland.

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