Lesley Douglas, controller of BBC Radio 2, was among the honorees at the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters' 33rd annual Gold Badge Awards, presented today (Oct. 25) at the Savoy hotel in

Lesley Douglas, controller of BBC Radio 2, was among the honorees at the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters' 33rd annual Gold Badge Awards, presented today (Oct. 25) at the Savoy hotel in central London.

Douglas, who was feted in November 2004 with the U.K. industry's Woman of the Year accolade, thanked the community of songsmiths for her Gold Badge accolade. "Songwriting, for me, is at the heart of what popular music is all about," she told the audience.

Other winners at the luncheon were blues man Chris Farlowe, former British Music Rights chairman Sir Alistair Hunter, Mute Songs director Andrew King, Fleetwood Mac keyboardist and songwriter Christine McVie, producer Rhett Davies, songwriting duo Brian Freshwater & Jackie Hughes, composer Howard Goodall, broadcaster and comedian Phill Jupitus, Texas founder Johnny McElhone, musician John Patrick and the gala's longtime house-band, the Brian Dee Trio.

The event was sponsored by Britain's Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society.