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Chris Evans wins best breakfast show at Aria Awards

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Image caption Chris Evans' breakfast show has 10 million listeners a week

Chris Evans has won an award for the UK's best radio music breakfast show, while BBC Radio 2, on which he appears, has been named best national station.

The Audio and Radio Industry (Aria) Awards are the successors to the Sony Awards, the top honours in UK radio.

Evans beat rivals including BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw and Absolute Radio's Christian O'Connell.

BBC Radio 4's Today programme was named best national speech breakfast show at the ceremony in Leeds on Wednesday.

Today editor Jamie Angus gave "big thanks to our listeners" and the Aria judges for the award on Twitter.

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BBC 5 live and Radio Ulster's Stephen Nolan won the prize for best speech broadcaster, just days after he picked up the Nick Clarke Award for the best BBC interview of the year.

BBC Newsbeat won podcast of the year for The Story of Izzy Dix.

And BBC 1Xtra's Mistajam was named best music broadcaster at the awards, which were handed out by the Radio Academy.

Jazz singer Jamie Cullum, a runner-up in the music broadcaster category, later congratulated "real life legend" Mistajam on his victory.

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Rick Astley, Gregory Porter and the Kaiser Chiefs performed live at the ceremony, hosted by BBC Radio's Sara Cox.

The presenter tweeted afterwards that it had been "a brilliant night".

Winners in full:

Best News Coverage: The Buncrana Pier Tragedy - BBC Radio Foyle

Best Entertainment Production: Greg James - BBC Radio 1

Best Audio Dramatisation: Lament - BBC Radio Drama London for Radio 4

Best National Speech Breakfast Show: Today - BBC Radio 4

Best Local Breakfast Show: Georgey at Breakfast - BBC Radio York

Best National Music Breakfast Show: The Chris Evans Breakfast Show - BBC Radio 2

Best Sports Show: 606 - Shooting Shark Productions for BBC Radio 5 Live

Best Digital Audio Service: audioBoom

Podcast of the Year: The Story of Izzy Dix - BBC Newsbeat

Best Digital Innovation: The BBC iPlayer Radio App

Audio Moment of the Year: The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away - TBI Media for BBC Radio 4

The Radio Academy Award: Sound Digital for D2

Speech Broadcaster of the Year: Stephen Nolan - BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio 5 Live

Music Broadcaster of the Year: MistaJam - BBC Radio 1Xtra

Best Local Station: Hallam FM

Best National Station: BBC Radio 2

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