A journalist with Downtown & Cool FM has scooped one of the UK’s most coveted radio broadcasting awards.
Naomi Holland, from Bangor beat an extremely strong field to win the highly competitive Newsreader of the Year category in IRN awards in association with Sky News.
Judges said Naomi, who won silver in last year’s event, had a “wonderful, engaging voice”.
The competition attracts the very best in commercial radio broadcasting talent right across the UK – and this year saw a record number of entries.
Naomi picked up her award at a star-studded ceremony in London hosted by high-profile Sky News & Sport presenter Sarah-Jane Mee.
Nigel Gould, Head of News & Sport at Downtown & Cool FM, also attended the event. He said: “It was a special occasion sitting alongside the most talented journalists in the UK today.
“I am so pleased for Naomi – an award she richly deserves. To beat the very best in the business is no mean feat and I am very proud of her wonderful achievement.
“To be honest it has been a terrific last year for the news team – with our chief reporter and political correspondent Jordan Moates also picking up a number of top awards including the CIPR Young Journalist of the Year and Radio Journalist of the Year awards plus all-Ireland Reporter of the Year in the PPI awards.”
Mark Mahaffy, Downtown and Cool FM Managing Director, added: “This is a remarkable achievement and one that affirms Naomi’s abilities and our news team’s continued recognition on a local and national scale.
“You cannot underestimate the importance of such an award in commercial radio – and I am delighted our news team has shown yet again it can compete with the very best.”