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26.05.2007 General News

Joy FM wins at BBC Africa Radio Awards

By myjoyonline

Joy 99.7 FM on Saturday won the best Local On-Air Campaign of the Year at the first BBC Africa Radio Awards held in Kenya, Nairobi.

Joy FM beat two other radio stations to the US$5,000 worth of equipment prize after the station's entry; the heartbreaking story of Little Adjoa, the seven-year-old girl who was raped by her 67-year-old grandfather, was adjudged the best.

The category was to honour stations that supported a social campaign or initiative that has had a positive effect on the lives of the station's listening community, and the station's News Editor, Matilda Asante received the award.

Another Ghanaian radio station, Citi FM, also won the best Interactive Show of the Year to pick the US$2,500 worth of equipment at stake.

Other awards were News Journalist of the Year which went to Esther Mbondo – Kenya Broadcasting Corporation; Sports Journalist of the Year won by James Mwangi Wokabi of Capital FM also in Kenya, and the Young Broadcaster of the Year which went to Qaanitaah Dramat - Radio 786 of Cape Town, South Africa.

New Radio Station of the Year award went to Radio Pacis of Uganda while Talk Radio 702 of Johannesburg, South Africa, won Radio Station of the Year.

The BBC Africa Radio Awards, supported by the British Council is to recognise broadcasters and to celebrate their excellence with broadcasting colleagues and listeners alike.