Sheffield radio station clears up at national awards ceremony

Tony Hall, BBC Director General, Toby Foster, Jon Culshaw and Lizze Rose
Tony Hall, BBC Director General, Toby Foster, Jon Culshaw and Lizze Rose
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Sheffield radio presenters have been recognised for their talents on the airwaves at a national award ceremony.

BBC Radio Sheffield swept the board at the Frank Gillard awards, which celebrates the best of BBC local radio, with a total of three golds, one silver and one bronze, across various categories.

Rony Robinson was given the ‘outstanding contribution’ award for his services to broadcasting, after achieving 30 years of uninterrupted broadcasting.

The popular presenter also picked up the ‘best mid-morning’ programme award, and ‘best hot seat’ for his twice-monthly Friday phone-in holding people to account.

Further accolades included hard-hitting presenter Toby Foster picking up ‘best breakfast’ programme.

The documentary ‘Auntie and the Miners’, broadcast on the 30th anniversary of the start of miners’ strike, picked up silver, while the bronze award was given to the radio station for its coverage of the Sheffield Half-marathon cancellation.

Martyn Weston, editor of BBC Radio Sheffield, said: “It’s a great acknowledgement of the high quality radio programmes we produce for South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.

“Picking up three golds is something that’s really special.”