BFBS Radio won Gold and three Bronze trophies at last night’s 2015 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards in Manhattan.
'The Chelsea Pensioners: A Life Served' produced by Richard Hatch and Hal Stewart, took Gold in the Best Human Interest Story category.
The two BFBS presenters were at the ceremony in the Big Apple. Hal Stewart said: “It's great to receive this award after many hours of work that myself and Richard put in, but for me it's also an opportunity to thank the staff and residents of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.”
Richard added: “If it wasn't for the honesty of Sandy, Denis, Ted and Brian we'd have had nothing to work with. They told great stories with warmth and clarity and it was our pleasure and privilege to be allowed to hear them.”
Richard was also awarded Bronze in the Best Comedy Special category, for 'Damn The Torpedoes Xmas Special', which he wrote and created with Kirrin Productions.
BFBS Radio also won trophies for two exclusive shows, one which highlights the station’s service in Afghanistan – still broadcasting to troops in Kabul – and the other that profiles a festive event held by the Royal Navy in London.
BFBS Presenter Simon Marlow was awarded Bronze in the Best Music Special category for his unique programme recorded in Camp Bastion, entitled 'Simon Marlow with Ed Sheeran in Afghanistan'.
And Bronze in the Best Live Sound category went to 'Ship To Shaw, A Royal Navy Christmas', engineered by Melanie Plumley, presented by Luisse Shaw and produced by Neil Moore and Richard Hutchinson.
Nicky Ness, Controller Radio, British Forces Broadcasting Service said:
“This is a fantastic result for the very talented team of broadcasters at BFBS, who make some incredible radio programmes for our unique British Forces audience, day-in, day-out.
“I'm always delighted to see our efforts given credit on a world stage, not least because this content holds a mirror to the fascinating work being done by the men and women of the UK armed forces, past and present.”
BFBS Radio was also nominated for awards in the following categories:
Best Regularly Scheduled Talk Program – The Sitrep team.
Station Promotion: D-Day 70 Years On – Neil Moore and Andrew Wright.
Profiles/Community Portraits: HMS Medusa 70 Years On – Richard Hutchinson.
Profiles/Community Portraits: The Chelsea Pensioners: A Life Served – Richard Hatch and Hal Stewart.