New sponsor for Edinburgh Fringe comedy awards

Tim Key
Image caption Key won the main comedy award at last year's Edinburgh Fringe

The comedy awards at the Edinburgh Fringe have secured a new sponsor, it has been announced.

Foster's lager, owned by brewer Heineken, will provide the funding package this year.

Organiser Nica Burns used more than £100,000 of her own money to fund the event in 2009, after it was left without a backer for the first time.

Theatre producer Ms Burns said she had sought a sponsor with a "long-term commitment to comedy".

The awards, which have been presented every year since 1981, were sponsored by Perrier until 2006.

Edinburgh-based Intelligence Finance took over, but pulled out after three years.

The winner of last year's main comedy award was Tim Key, for his show The Slutcracker.

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