Stephen John Sackur is an English journalist who presents HARDtalk, a current affairs interview programme on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel. He is the main Friday presenter of GMT on BBC World News. For fifteen years he was a BBC foreign correspondent and he is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 and a number of newspapers and magazines. Sackur was born in Spilsby, Lincolnshire and studied at King Edward VI Grammar School, Emmanuel College and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Sackur began working at the BBC as a trainee in 1986, in 1990, he was appointed as one of its foreign affairs correspondents; as a BBC Radio correspondent, Sackur reported on the Velvet Revolution of Czechoslovakia in 1989 and the reunification of Germany in 1990. During the Gulf War, he was part of a BBC team covering the conflict and spent eight weeks as an embedded journalist with the British Army. At the end of the war, he was the first correspondent to report the massacre of the retreating Iraqi army on the road leading out of Kuwait.
Sackur was based in Cairo, between 1992 and 1995 as the BBC's correspondent in the Middle East and he moved to Jerusalem in 1995 until 1997. He covered both the death of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the growth of the Palestinian Authority under Yasser Arafat. Between 1997 and 2002, he was appointed the BBC's correspondent in Washington and covered the Lewinsky scandal, he covered the U. S. Presidential interviewed President George W. Bush. Sackur went back to Iraq in 2003 after the fall of Saddam Hussein and was the first to report Iraq's mass graves of victims of the regime, he was the moderator of BBC's worldwide broadcast of a debate on climate change with a panel of five world leaders from South Africa, the Maldives, Sweden and Mexico. In 1991 he wrote On the Basra Road. In 2005 Sackur replaced veteran journalist Tim Sebastian as the regular host of the BBC's news programme HARDtalk, he has since interviewed prominent international personalities including President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, President Felipe Calderón of Mexico, President Shimon Peres of Israel, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, President Jalal Talabani of Iraq, Prime Mininister of Moldova Iurie Leanca, US vice-president Al Gore, former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates.
He has interviewed leading cultural figures including Gore Vidal, Slavoj Žižek, Richard Dawkins, Noam Chomsky, Jordan Peterson and Vladimir Ashkenazy, as well as Annie Lennox. Sackur was named'International TV Personality of the Year' by the Association for International Broadcasting in November 2010, he was nominated as'Speech Broadcaster of the Year' at the Sony Radio Awards 2013. In June 2017 Sackur was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of International Relations by the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, in July 2018 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Warwick. HARDtalk Official site
Broadcasting House is the headquarters of the BBC, in Portland Place and Langham Place, London. The first radio broadcast from the building was made on 15 March 1932, the building was opened two months on 15 May; the main building is with a facing of Portland stone over a steel frame. It is a Grade II* listed building and includes the BBC Radio Theatre, where music and speech programmes are recorded in front of a studio audience, the lobby, used as a location for filming the 1998 BBC television series In the Red; as part of a major consolidation of the BBC's property portfolio in London, Broadcasting House has been extensively renovated and extended. This involved the demolition of post-war extensions on the eastern side of the building, replaced by a new wing completed in 2005; the wing was named the "John Peel Wing" after the disc jockey. BBC London, BBC Arabic Television and BBC Persian Television are housed in the new wing, which contains the reception area for BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra.
The main building was refurbished, an extension built to the rear. The radio stations BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra and the BBC World Service transferred to refurbished studios within the building; the extension links the old building with the John Peel Wing, includes a new combined newsroom for BBC News, with studios for the BBC News channel, BBC World News and other news programming. The move of news operations from BBC Television Centre was completed in March 2013; the official name of the building is Broadcasting House but the BBC now uses the term new Broadcasting House in its publicity referring to the new extension rather than the whole building, with the original building known as old Broadcasting House. Construction of Broadcasting House began in 1928. Programmes transferred to the building. On 15 March 1932 the first musical programme was given by the bandleader Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra. Hall wrote and performed, with his dance band, Radio Times, the name of the BBC's schedule publication.
The first news bulletin was read by Stuart Hibberd on 18 March. The last transmission from Savoy Hill was on 14 May, Broadcasting House opened on 15 May 1932. George Val Myer designed the building in collaboration with the BBC's civil engineer, M. T. Tudsbery; the interiors were the work of an Australian-Irish architect. He directed a team that included Serge Chermayeff and Wells Coates and designed the vaudeville studio, the associated green and dressing rooms, the dance and chamber music studios in a flowing Art Deco style; the building is built in two parts. Dispensing with the oft-found central light-well of contemporary buildings this size, the central core containing the recording studios was a windowless structure built of brick; the surrounding outer portion, designed for offices and ancillary spaces, is steel framed and faced using Portland stone. While the outer portion had plenty of windows, the inner core required special sound-dampened ventilation systems. There were two areas. While the rights on the southern side ceased to be a problem after the owners of those rights gave concessions, the rights on the eastern side were dealt with by sloping the roof away from the street from the fourth floor up, which affected not only the floorplan of the structure but meant that the interior recording tower could not be continued up to the top floor.
Underground structures, including a hundred-year-old sewer presented problems during construction. The building is above the Bakerloo line of the London Underground: the Victoria line was tunnelled beneath in the 1960s, presented problems for construction of the Egton Wing. Noise from passing trains is audible within the radio theatre, but imperceptible in recordings; the ground floor was fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street, as the BBC believed that to finance such a project they would need to let the ground floor as a retail unit. The rapid expansion of the BBC meant; the original building is a Grade II* listed building. Beginning in 2003, Broadcasting House underwent a major renovation during the BBC's W1 Programme, with the aim of refurbishing the building and combining a number of the BBC's operations in a new extension; this houses the television and radio operations of BBC News, relocated from Television Centre and the BBC World Service relocated from Bush House on 12 July 2012.
Many of the BBC's national radio stations are broadcast from the building, with the exception of BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra which have moved to Salford Quays, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music which moved to new studios in nearby Wogan House in 2006 to make way for the renovation. The building work was completed in two phases, it began with the demolition of two post-war extensions to the original building. "The redevelopment was part of a wider cost-saving strategy to consolidate the BBC's property portfolio and centralise its London operation. This will produce savings of more than £700m over the remaining 21-year life of the BBC lease on Broadcasting House." The first phase consisted of the renovation of the original building, starting to show its age and needed structural repair, a new wing to the east. In the old building the sloped "cat slide" slate roof was taken off and many of the
Sian Mary Williams, is a Welsh journalist and current affairs presenter, best known for her work with the BBC. From 2001 until 2013, Williams presented weekday editions of BBC Breakfast as well as all main news bulletins on BBC One, she presented two series of BBC One's discussion programme Sunday Morning Live from 2014 until 2015. Since January 2016, she has been the main presenter of 5 News at 5. Williams was raised in Eastbourne, East Sussex, her mother, Katherine Rees, had moved to London to become a nurse. Williams' father was from Swansea, his family had been farmers in Glamorgan, he was a journalist, working first in print and in radio. She gained a BA in English and History from Oxford Polytechnic and went on to study critical journalistic writing at the University of Rhode Island in America. Williams joined the BBC in 1985 and began working as a reporter and producer for BBC Local Radio stations in Liverpool, Sheffield and Manchester. From 1990 to 1997, she was editor for BBC Radio 4's The World at PM programmes.
Williams was a programme editor for a number of news and election specials across Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Prior to the channel's launch in 1997, Williams joined BBC News 24 as an output editor. During screen tests for potential presenters, one applicant became unwell and Williams was asked to step into the role. Producers were impressed with her performance and they offered her the prime presenting slot of 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm alongside Gavin Esler, she remained with the channel for nearly two years before joining BBC One's Six O'Clock News in 1999 as Special Correspondent. She became a relief presenter of the bulletin and in 2001 she became its main Friday presenter during Fiona Bruce's maternity leave. Williams became a main presenter of the BBC One weekend news bulletins. Williams joined BBC Breakfast on 12 January 2001 as a relief presenter presenting on Friday–Sunday alongside Darren Jordon, to cover for main presenter, Sarah Montague, later with Jeremy Bowen, to cover for Sophie Raworth.
She regularly deputised on both the Six O'Clock News and the One O'Clock News during this period. In 2004, Williams covered for Raworth on the Six O'Clock News during her maternity leave, co-presenting with George Alagiah, the following year, reported from Sri Lanka and Thailand on the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and from Pakistan on the Kashmir earthquake. In May 2005 she was confirmed as the main female presenter of BBC Breakfast, presenting with Dermot Murnaghan and Bill Turnbull from 2008. Williams left BBC Breakfast on 15 March 2012 after the programme's production team was relocated to Salford, she rejoined BBC Radio 4 to co-present Saturday Live. Williams has presented programmes outside of news and current affairs including The One Show, Big Welsh Challenge, Now You're Talking and City Hospital. In 2010, Williams was a reporter for Watchdog. In 2013, she hosted Their Tricks with Nicky Campbell and Rebecca Wilcox. Williams presented a three-part interview series for BBC One Wales titled The Sian Williams Interview featuring Tanni Grey-Thompson, Suzanne Packer and Siân Phillips.
In June 2014, Williams became the new presenter of Sunday Morning Live, BBC One's religious and ethical debating programme. She presented the programme for two series before being replaced by Naga Munchetty in June 2016. On 5 November 2015, Williams announced she would be leaving the BBC to become the new main presenter of 5 News, she presented her first 5 News bulletin on 4 January 2016. In 2017, she co-presents Save Money: Good Health alongside Ranj Singh on ITV. Williams was president of TRIC for 2008–09, she became an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cardiff in July 2012. In 2014, she began studying for a master's degree in Psychology at the University of Westminster, specialising in the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on journalists and reporters. In February 1991, Williams married Neale Hunt, a former director of advertising firm McCann Erickson, with whom she had two sons. Following the couple's divorce, Williams married Paul Woolwich in 2006 and gave birth to her third son in October 2006 disclosing in an interview that she received two litres of blood following complications.
Williams gave birth to a daughter in March 2009. Williams ran the 2001 New York City Marathon and spent several days recovering in hospital from hyponatraemia. After several years not participating in running, she completed the Virgin London Marathon in 2013. During filming for the BBC's Coming Home in November 2010, Williams discovered she was the first member of her family to have been born outside Wales in 350 years of her known family tree. In May 2016, Williams revealed she had undergone a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer; the Channel 5 newsreader told Woman and Home magazine that she was diagnosed in 2014, a week after her 50th birthday. She said she had always thought she was healthy as she "did all the right things - I was a green tea drinker, a salmon eater, a runner", she said. City Hospital BBC Breakfast – Co-presenter Watchdog – Reporter Crimewatch – Stand-in presenter Your Money Their Tricks – Co-presenter The Sian Williams Interview – Presenter Sunday Morning Live – Presenter 5 News at 5 – Anchor Save Money: Lose Weight – Co-presenter Save Money: Good Health – Co-presenter Official website Sian Williams at Channel5.com Sian Williams at BBC News Online Sian Williams on IMDb
BBC Home Service
The BBC Home Service was a British national radio station that broadcast from 1939 until 1967, when it became the current BBC Radio 4. Between the 1920s and the outbreak of the Second World War, the BBC developed two nationwide radio services, the BBC National Programme and the BBC Regional Programme; as well as a basic service programmed from London, the Regional Programme included programming originating in six regions. Although the programme items attracting the greatest number of listeners tended to appear on the National, the two services were not streamed: they were each designed to appeal "across the board" to a single, but variegated, audience by offering between them and at most times of the day a choice of programme type, rather than catering, each of them to two distinct audiences. On 1 September 1939, the BBC merged the two programmes into one national service from London; the reasons given included the need to prevent enemy aircraft from using differentiated output from the Regional Programme's transmitters as navigational beacons.
To this end, the former regional transmitters were synchronised in chains on two frequencies, 668 and 767 kHz, with an additional chain of low-powered transmitters on 1474 kHz appearing later. Under this arrangement regional broadcasting in its pre-war form was no longer feasible, but much of the programming was decentralised to the former regional studios because of the risks from enemy attack/bombing/invasion in London, broadcast nationally; the new service was named the Home Service, the internal designation at the BBC for domestic radio broadcasting. During the war, the BBC Home Service would air each day from 7.00am in the morning until a quarter past midnight, with main news bulletins airing at 7.00am, 8.00am, 1.00pm, 6.00pm, 9.00pm and Midnight. On 29 July 1945, the BBC resumed its previous regional structure, though true regional radio stations would not return till the 1970s, began "streaming" its radio services. Following the wartime success of the Forces and General Forces Programmes, light entertainment was transferred to the new BBC Light Programme, whilst "heavier" programming – news, discussion, etc – remained on the regionalised Home Service.
Popular light programming, such as ITMA, remained on the Home Service, some speech programming of the type pioneered by the Forces Programmes – the newly launched Woman's Hour being much in this mould – was on the Light Programme. Once war was over, the BBC Home Service adjusted its broadcasting hours, now commencing at 6.25am each weekday and at 7.50am on Sundays. The broadcasting day would end around 11.10pm each night. By 1964 the Home Service was on the air each day from 6.35am and would conclude each night at the precise time of 11.48pm. The Home Service had seven regions. London and South East England was served by the "basic" Home Service, not considered a region by the BBC and acted as the sustaining service for the other regions. A shortage of frequencies meant that the Northern Ireland Regional Home Service was treated as part of the North Regional Home Service, as the Northern Ireland service used the same frequency as a North service booster; the Northern Ireland service was separated from the North region on 7 January 1963.
The Service provided between five and seven national news bulletins a day from London, drama and informational programmes. Non-topical talk programmes and heavier drama output were transferred to the BBC Third Programme when it began broadcasting on 29 September 1946. During the day, the Service included programmes of classical music; these were reduced in number when government limits on radio broadcasting hours were relaxed in 1964 and the BBC Music Programme began broadcasting during the daytime on the frequencies of the Third Programme. They disappeared when the Music Programme began regular 0700–1830 broadcasting daily on 22 March 1965; the Service broadcast educational programmes for schools during the day, backed with booklets and support material. Programmes were reorganised across the three BBC networks on 30 September 1957, with much of the Service's lighter content transferring to the Light Programme and the establishment of the BBC Third Network, which used the frequencies of the Third Programme to carry the Service's adult education content and the Home and Light's sports coverage as well as the Third Programme itself.
On 30 September 1967, the BBC split the Light Programme into a pop music service and an entertainment network. The Light Programme became BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2; the BBC Third Programme became BBC Radio 3, with the Music Programme losing its separate identity. The Home Service was renamed BBC Radio 4. Radio 4 continued to provide for regional programming and scheduling, the BBC's programme journal Radio Times listed the channel's offerings under the heading "BBC Radio Four - Home Service", with particular reference to the seven broadcasting regions: London, North, Northern Ireland, Scottish and West. With the introduction of BBC Local Radio, starting with BBC Radio Leicester on 8 November 1967, it was felt that the future of non-national broadcasting lay in local rather than regional services; the BBC produced a report, "Broadcasting in the Seventies", on 10 July 1969, proposing the reorganisation of programmes on the national networks and the end of regional broadcasting. The report began to be implemented on 4 April 1970 and the Home Service regions disap
Kirsty Lang is a British journalist and broadcaster who works for BBC Radio and Television. Earlier in her career, she was on the staff of The Sunday Times and Channel 4 News, working as a presenter and reporter. Lang was a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York for several months at the beginning of 2012 and sits on the board of the British Council. Lang was raised in various parts of the world. Lang was educated at private schools including Nishimachi International School in Tokyo, Lauriston Girls' School in Melbourne, Dartington Hall School in Devon and the International School of Geneva, she first joined the BBC as a graduate trainee in 1986, having gained an MA in Journalism from City University, London following a degree in International Relations and an MSc in Government and Politics from the London School of Economics. In 1989 she became a Central European correspondent for the World Service and a reporter on the BBC's Newsnight. After a spell as Paris correspondent for The Sunday Times, she became a co-presenter/reporter for Channel 4 News.
She returned to the BBC when the digital channel BBC Four was established in 2002 and has presented The World, an evening news programme, its replacement World News Today. Lang is a regular presenter of a nightly arts and culture programme Radio Four's Front Row and has been a stand-in anchor for The World Tonight and other programmes, she used to appear on The World at One. From January to April 2012, Lang was a visiting professor at Columbia University, New York City in the School of International and Public Affairs. From 19 November to 23 November 2012, she was one of the two co-presenters of "On the French Fringe", a programme broadcast on BBC Radio Four at 1:45 p.m. about life in France, looking at how activities in France such as films or cartoons had caught the national psyche in that country. Lang contributes, on occasion, to publications including The Times, The Guardian and the Radio Times, was chair of the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2008. Lang is married to the journalist and Balkans specialist Misha Glenny with whom she has a son and two stepchildren.
She is, by her own account, "mildly dyslexic". Lang told the Digital, Culture and Sport Select Committee in March 2018 about her experiences after having to leave her BBC staff contract for freelance status as, for personal reasons, she went part-time, she explained that for financial reasons she had to work after her step-daughter's funeral and through much of a period when she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer as her contract did not allow for sick pay
Alexander James "Jim" Naughtie FRSE is a British radio and news presenter for the BBC. From 1994 until 2015 he was one of the main presenters of Radio 4's Today programme. In July 2015 he announced, via the BBC, that in early 2016 he would retire from regular presenting duties on the programme and would, instead, be its'Special Correspondent' with'responsibility for charting the course of the constitutional changes at the heart of the UK political debate', as well as the BBC News's Books Editor, contributing a book review to the Saturday morning editions of Today. In his 21-plus years on Today, Naughtie had anchored every BBC Radio UK election results programme since 1997 and had worked on every US presidential election since 1988, the BBC added. "After 21 years, I can turn off that 3am alarm at last," the Daily Telegraph quoted Naughtie as saying. He presented his last edition of Today on 16 December 2015, he earns £150,000 - £199,999 as a BBC contributor. James Naughtie was born to Alexander and Isabella Naughtie and brought up in Milltown of Rothiemay, near Huntly, Scotland.
He was educated at Keith Grammar School, the University of Aberdeen and Syracuse University in New York. He is a Fellow of the British-American Project. Naughtie began his career as a journalist in 1975 at the Aberdeen Press & Journal, moving to the London offices of The Scotsman in 1977; the following year he joined the paper's Westminster staff, became its Chief Political Correspondent. In 1981, he worked for The Washington Post as the Laurence Stern fellow on its national staff, he joined The Guardian in 1984, became its Chief Political Correspondent in 1985. In 1986, Naughtie moved into radio presenting, hosting The Week In Westminster before moving to The World At One in 1988, he has made several radio documentaries and series and has written three books, Playing the Palace: A Westminster Collection, The Rivals: The Intimate Story of a Political Marriage, The Accidental American: Tony Blair and the Presidency. Naughtie has been a presenter of the televised Proms since 1992, has presented opera programmes such as Radio 3's Opera News.
He is the host of Radio 4's Bookclub. In 1994 he became one of the main presenters of Radio 4's Today programme. Shortly before the 2005 General Election he opened a question to Labour politician Ed Balls "If we win the election..." correcting himself to say "if you win the election". The incident led to accusations of bias towards a failure to be neutral. Lord Tebbit said of the incident: "How a slip of the tongue betrays the true thoughts in the mind of the speaker. We could all see the shape of the cat in the bag, but Mr Naughtie has now let it out for all to see." He has a distinctive Scottish accent, named as the "best voice to wake up to" in a comparative survey. His practice of asking long questions is sometimes noted by commentators. Throughout June and August 2012, in early September 2012, he presented The New Elizabethans on Radio Four, a programme about notable people under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, it has dealt with various famous names, including Richard Doll, Philip Larkin, Elizabeth David, Margot Fonteyn, Peter Hall, Cicely Saunders, John Lennon and Paul McCartney and Tim Berners-Lee.
The final week of the programme dealt with Tony Blair, Fred Goodwin, Rupert Murdoch, Simon Cowell and finished with the Queen herself. On 16 July 2013, it was announced that Naughtie's presentational role on Today would be temporarily reduced, as he was to become a presenter of Good Morning Scotland for two days a week in the run up the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, he returned to his usual role on Today in time for the 2015 general election. On 6 December 2010, Naughtie was co-presenting the Today programme, trailing the guests who would be interviewed after the 8 am news bulletin. Introducing Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, he inadvertently replaced the "H" at the beginning of "Hunt" with a "C". Choking on his words, he was embarrassed by the mistake, gave a full apology once he had recovered. However, only an hour another BBC presenter, Andrew Marr made the same mistake when discussing Naughtie's error. Naughtie was named as journalist of the year at the 1984 Scottish Press Awards.
He was voted Sony Radio Awards Radio Personality of the Year in 1991 and Voice of the Listener & Viewer Award in 2001. He is a member of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission and a United Kingdom advisory board member for the British-American Project, which exists to promote the British-American relationship. Naughtie was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Stirling in 2001, installed as its chancellor on 9 October 2008, succeeding Dame Diana Rigg when her ten-year term ended. Naughtie chaired the judges of the inaugural 2010 Hippocrates Prize for Medicine. In 2017 Naughtie gave the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture. In his speech he referred to the Trump presidency thus: "There hasn’t been in living memory in western democracy a threat to freedom of the press of the kind we see there." Naughtie was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in March 2017. Naughtie is married to Eleanor Updale, author of the Montmorency books and a former producer of The World at One, they have three children, live in London and Edinburgh.
Naughtie, James The Rivals: The Intimate Story of a Political Marriage, Fourth Estate, ISBN 1-84115-473-3 Naughtie, James The Accidental American: Tony Blair and the Presidency, Macmillan, ISBN 1-4050-5001-2 Naughtie, James The Making Of Music, John Murray, ISBN 0-7195-6254-6 Naughtie, James The New Elizabethans, Collins, ISBN 0-0074-8650-2 Naughtie, James The Madness
Radio Academy Awards
The Radio Academy Awards, started in 1983, were the most prestigious awards in the British radio industry. For most of their existence, they were run by ZAFER Associates, but in latter years were brought under the control of The Radio Academy; the awards were referred to by the name of their first sponsor, Sony, as The Sony Awards, The Sony Radio Awards or variations. In August 2013, Sony announced the end of its sponsorship agreement with The Radio Academy after 32 years; the awards were named The Radio Academy Awards. In November 2014, it was announced that The Radio Academy would not be holding the awards in 2015, would be looking for other ways to recognise achievement in the future; the awards were relaunched in 2016 as the Radio Industry Awards. The awards were organised into various categories, with nominees being announced a few weeks before the main awards ceremony; the categories varied each year, were decided by an annual committee, with the aim to include all the main areas from music and speech through to radio drama and sport, not discriminating against station size, or niche categories.
In most categories, five entries were shortlisted with the top three awarded Bronze and Gold. Some categories only three entries were shortlisted, with only a Gold winner awarded. In a number of special categories there was no shortlist a winner; the 26th Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 12 May 2008. The BBC World Service won four awards, including Journalist of the Year for Owen Bennett-Jones. Guests included Edwyn Collins, Joan Collins, Boris Johnson, Al Murray, Will Young who all presented awards; the 25th Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini and Terry Wogan, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 30 April 2007. The Sony Broadcasters' Broadcaster Award, a special prize to mark the 25th year of the awards, was given to John Peel, who died in 2004; the award was received by Peel's widow. Guests included a selection of actors and broadcasters who all presented awards; the 24th Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 8 May 2006.
Stephen Nolan became the first person to win seven gold Sony awards. Guests included Dame Edna Everage, Lenny Henry and Jeff Wayne who all presented awards; the 23rd Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 9 May 2005. The BBC won 22 awards including 5 awards for BBC Radio 1. Guests included Alice Cooper, the tennis player Annabel Croft, TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher, BBC Radio 4's Sue MacGregor, Ulrika Jonsson, Heather McCartney and Shakin Stevens who all presented awards; the 22nd Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 12 May 2004. Commercial radio won a number of the top awards but BBC Radio 4 retained the UK Station of the Year award. Guests included Sir Elton John, Penny Lancaster, Amy Winehouse who all presented awards; the 21st Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 8 May 2003.
BBC Radio 4 won six awards including UK Station of the Year. Guests included Grace Jones, Sam Fox, Tony Blackburn, Meatloaf who all presented awards; the 20th Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 2 May 2002. BBC Radio 4 won the most awards. Guests included the singers Jarvis Cocker and Feargal Sharkey, actress Janet Suzman, the girl group Sugababes who all presented awards; the 19th Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 30 April 2001. The BBC won gold awards in 23 out of 30 categories. A new category, Digital Terrestrial Station, was introduced; the winner of the lifetime achievement award, Chris Tarrant, criticised the commercial sector for suppressing spontaneity in radio. The 18th Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 2 May 2000. BBC Radio 4 was the most nominated station, with 24 entries, received four awards.
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