Northern Ireland

Radio Ulster picks up five awards at PPI ceremony in Kilkenny

Radio Ulster has picked up five accolades at the Phonographic Performance Ireland Radio Awards in Kilkenny.

The Nolan Show won a gold for the Current Affairs Programme of the Year. Stephen Nolan won Speech Broadcaster of the Year.

Michael McNamee was awarded a Bronze award in the Sports Broadcaster of the Year.

The documentary 'Does the Cap Fit?' presented by Michael McNamee, which investigated the controversial legal loophole by which Northern Ireland football players can switch to playing for the Republic of Ireland, picked up a Gold award in the Sports Programme.

The 'Titanic Letters' series picked up a Silver Award in the Short Feature category.

The winners were announced at an award ceremony on Friday evening.

Stephen Nolan described his two gold awards as a "great honour".

Fergus Keeling head of radio, BBC Northern Ireland, said: "We're delighted with our success at the PPI Radio Awards and it's always wonderful to be recognised by our peers in this way.

"I think the categories in which we were recognised in this year's awards show the strength, diversity and uniqueness of our schedule and once again highlight the special relationship we have with our listeners.

"This success also shows the thought, commitment and creativity of our producers and presenters who make our programmes."

This is the sixth year that Northern Ireland radio stations were eligible to enter the PPI Radio Awards in its 12 year history.

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