Radio 3 bags Station of the Year award

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A victory for "broadcasting over narrowcasting" was how the Radio 3 controller described his network's snaffling of the Gold Award for Station of the Year at last night's Sonys (the so-called "Oscars of the British radio industry).

The station won the big prize for its ability to juggle its eclectic mix of classical music, world music and jazz. The Senegalese singer Baaba Maal (acknowledged by Wright as "one of the world's great musicians") was there at the Grosvenor House hotel in London's Park Lane, to present Radio3 with its gong. Just a shame that R3 has just axed its Awards for World Music.

Still, a good night for serious radio. Radio 3, which is enjoying slow but steady growth in its audience over the past year, also picked up gold in The Music Special Award (for "Vaughan Williams: Valiant for Truth"), and in The Music Programme Award (for "Words and Music"), while Classic FM (otherwise known as "our friends and colleagues at Classic FM", as Wright chummily referred to his rivals from the stage) took The Music Programming Award.