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Friday 27 March 2015

Baker takes top gong at Sony Awards

Danny Baker with the best entertainment programme award, at the Sony Radio Academy Awards
Danny Baker with the best entertainment programme award, at the Sony Radio Academy Awards

Danny Baker was a major winner at the Sony Awards, collecting the best entertainment show prize for his Radio 5 Live programme just months after he famously quit another BBC show with a valedictory two-hour live rant.

The presenter lambasted corporation bosses last year after learning his BBC London series was being axed, and did not go back to see out the end of his run.

Baker's victory on Monday - beating rivals such as Radio 1's Greg James - is his third win at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in as many years.

Broadcaster Steve Lamacq, a tireless champion of new music since starting at Radio 1 two decades ago, was given the Special Award in recognition of his contribution.

Event bosses said of the DJ, who now works for Radio 6 Music: "Steve Lamacq is one of radio's true legends - he's brought great music to the people. Long may he continue."

The event, regarded as the Oscars of the UK radio industry, introduced a new Sony Golden Headphones public vote to find the nation's favourite presenters with the inaugural award going to Radio 1 newcomers Dan Howell and Phil Lester.

Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans hosted the event, which featured performances by Robbie Williams and Jamie Cullum.

Pop star Williams was greeted with shocked laughter when he made a joke about the police operation launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Speaking to the audience before he played a short set at the start of this year's awards, Williams said he had not recognised anyone's names other than his own as he looked at the table plan for the event.

He then added: "Looking from up here, it looks like the stars of Operation Yewtree 2014. Too soon? Too soon."

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