Threatened classic rock network Planet Rock was named digital station of the year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards last night.
The station, which will be closed by owners GCap Media-themselves recently bought by Global Radio-unless a buyer comes forward, won gold at the prestigious awards, held in London's Grosvenor House hotel.
As previously reported, Queen's Brian May is involved in "mounting a rescue operation" for the station, which had 563,000 weekly listeners in Q1 2008, according to RAJAR.
Elsewhere, it was a good night for the BBC's big name presenters. BBC Top 40 network Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles won gold in the hotly contested breakfast show category, while AC network Radio 2's Jonathan Ross won music radio personality of the year. Ross' Radio 2 colleagues, Dermot O'Leary and Russell Brand, also won Sony gold, while controversial BBC 6 Music DJ George Lamb was named rising star in a public vote-despite a listeners' campaign to get him taken off the air.
But Radio 1's alternative rock champion Zane Lowe was denied gold in each of his three nominations, winning two bronze and one silver. And commercial radio won four out of the five station of the year awards for the second year running.