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Irish broadcaster breaks new ground at New York awards

RTÉ Radio takes prestigious broadcast award at the New York Festivals Radio Awards.

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FOR THE FIRST time ever, an Irish station has won the Broadcaster of the Year Award at the New York Festivals Radio Awards.

RTÉ Radio beat 182 finalists from 25 other countries to win the prestigious award at last night’s ceremony, and came away with 16 other awards.

RTÉ Radio receives about €30 from every €160 TV licence fee bought in the state.

In a statement, the broadcaster’s managing director Claire Duignan described the station’s successes last night as “a real achievement”:

For 54 years the New York Festivals Award has recognised the world’s beg programmes. This year, not only have RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Lyric FM and RTÉ Gold won a total of 16 awards, but the Grand Jury, comprised of top-level industry professionals from five continents, have crowned RTÉ Radio as the Broadcaster of the Year.

Duignan added that great radio comes from “that elusive alchemy between skill, artistry and vision”.

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