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BBC's Nolan named UK's best breakfast radio presenter

"Awards machine" Stephen Nolan.
Stephen McCauley won bronze for his Radio Foyle show.

The BBC's Stephen Nolan has been named the UK's best breakfast morning radio presenter.

The broadcaster picked up gold at the Radio Academy's Audio and Radio Industry Awards on Thursday evening at the FD Arena in Leeds for the third year running.

The awards are considered the "Oscars of UK radio".

He fended off competition from BBC Radio 5 Live's Rachel Burden and Nicky Campbell as well as Radio 4's Mishal Husain on the Today programme.

In his acceptance speech Mr Nolan focused on the need for great investigative journalism.

"I get the pleasure for working for the two best radio stations," the Radio Ulster and 5 Live presenter said.

It's thought the award puts the Belfast man among the most decorated of radio presenters in the UK.

"No shame in coming second to the brilliant Stephen Nolan.... He's a one man award-winning machine," tweeted Rachel Burden.

"They just like putting a babbling Irishman on stage," Nolan responded.

Meanwhile, presenter Stephen McCauley won bronze in the best specialist music programme for his show Soundscapes With Stephen McCauley.

Eddie Doyle, head of content production for BBC Northern Ireland said: “These awards are a measure of our success and it is great that our efforts have been recognised by our peers in this way.

"We are particularly pleased in light of the recent wins at the PPI Awards in Kilkenny. I’m enormously proud of both Stephen Nolan and Stephen McCauley for their success.”

Mr Nolan is among the BBC's highest earners, the corporation has revealed, presenting 360 radio shows a year locally and on the BBC network as well as around 20 television shows.

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