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PPI Radio Awards: BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle win 12 prizes

Seamus McKee Gold News Broadcaster of the Year winner receives his award from Sean Ashmore Image copyright Iain White Photography
Image caption BBC Radio Ulster's Evening Extra presenter Seamus McKee receives his gold News Broadcaster of the Year award from Sean Ashmore

BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle have won 12 awards between them at the PPI (Phonographic Performance Ireland) Radio Awards 2014.

The stations took four gold, three silver and five bronze awards in total.

The gold awards were won by BBC Radio Ulster presenters Stephen Nolan, Seamus McKee, Ralph McLean and The Nolan Show.

The awards ceremony, which was held in Kilkenny on Friday night, was attended by well-known radio presenters from across the island of Ireland.

A tribute to the late Radio Ulster host Gerry Anderson, who died in August after a long illness, received a standing ovation at the event.

'Enormously proud'

His colleague Walter Love, who was inducted into the PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame last month, received an PPI plaque to mark the prestigious honour.

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Image caption The Nolan Show team (Chrissie McGlinchey, Vinny Hurrell and Amy Stewart), winners of the gold Current Affairs Programme of the Year, receive their award from Michael Byrne (far left)

The awards cap a very successful few months for BBC Radio Ulster, which was named Station Of The Year (One Million Plus) at the Radio Academy Awards in May.

BBC Northern Ireland's Head of Radio, Fergus Keeling, said: "This has been an incredible year for BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle as we remain the most listened to station in Northern Ireland, but it's also a measure of our success that our efforts have been recognised by our peers in this way, firstly at the Radio Academy Awards and now at the PPI Awards.

"I'm enormously proud of the presenters and teams for their success," he added.

The full list of BBC Northern Ireland winners were:

  • The Nolan Show, presented by Stephen Nolan, won gold in the Current Affairs Programme category
  • Stephen Nolan won gold in the Speech Broadcaster of the Year category
  • Ralph McLean was awarded gold in the Special Music Broadcaster of the Year category
  • Evening Extra's Seamus McKee was awarded gold in the News Broadcaster of the Year category
  • Across The Line, presented by Rigsy, won silver in the New Irish Music/Musical Talent category
  • The station's Music City! Day from the Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 won silver in the Music Special/Music Event category
  • BBC Radio Ulster news and current affairs won silver in the News Story category for its 'On The Runs' coverage
  • BBC Radio Ulster won bronze in the Full Service Station of the Year category
  • Gerry Kelly won bronze in the General Music Show category
  • Enda McClafferty, presenter of Breakfast on BBC Radio Foyle, won bronze in the News Broadcaster of the Year category
  • Number 2s, produced by the Hole In The Wall Gang for BBC Radio Ulster, won bronze in the Drama category
  • Marcus Hunter-Neill, who presents packages for Gerry Kelly and Arts Extra, was awarded bronze in the Newcomer of the Year category
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Image caption Ralph McLean, who won gold in the Specialist Music Broadcaster of the Year category, is presented with his award by Sean Ashmore

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