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John Humphrys has won the radio journalism prize at this year's Sony Awards

John Humphrys has won the radio journalism prize at this year's Sony Awards

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John Humphrys has won the radio journalism prize at this year's Sony Awards

Today programme host John Humphrys has triumphed at the Sony Awards tonight, landing the radio journalism award after his grilling of George Entwistle led to the BBC director-general quitting hours later.

The 69-year-old Radio 4 presenter savaged Entwistle over his handling of the fallout from the Jimmy Savile scandal and the bumbling performance led to him resigning as DG after just 54 days.

Speaking before the ceremony, Mr Humphrys said he had a lot of respect for Mr Entwistle and would have preferred not to have done the interview.

He said: "That's in a way the sad bit about it because you know, I know George, liked him, admired him, respected him, and then did an interview after which he resigned.

"And I don't think for a minute it was because of the interview he resigned but nonetheless it's sad to, as it were, be praised for something you'd rather not have had to do. So sort of mixture really of nice to be here but possibly for the wrong reasons if you see what what I mean."

Another major winner at the event was Danny Baker, who collected 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.

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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