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Radio star gets 'Oscar' nomination

PUBLISHED: 14:41 30 April 2003 | UPDATED: 13:48 03 March 2010

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy has been nominated for an award in the industry's equivalent of the Oscars.

Mr Murphy, 38, has been shortlisted in the news broadcaster category in the annual Sony Radio Academy Awards, alongside Edward Stourton of BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service's Lyse Doucet and Five Live's Julian Worricker.

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy has been nominated for an award in the industry's equivalent of the Oscars.

Mr Murphy, 38, has been shortlisted in the news broadcaster category in the annual Sony Radio Academy Awards, alongside Edward Stourton of BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service's Lyse Doucet and Five Live's Julian Worricker.

He said: "It's fantastic, a real surprise. It's only the second time the station has been nominated for these awards in our 13-year history."

Radio stations from across the country nominated the presenters and programmes they thought deserved recognition, and then a panel of industry bigwigs decided on the final nominees. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London on May 8.

The event will bring together some of the biggest in the radio industry, with Radio 2's Jonathan Ross and Ricky Gervais among the list of nominees in other categories.

"It's very exciting, I've already got butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it. We will be rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in the industry" said Mr Murphy.

Born and brought up in Ipswich, Mr Murphy described himself as "a real local boy" and claimed his only previous experience of winning any kind of award was "gaining my cycling proficiency certificate".

He lives in Ipswich with his wife Lesley Dolphin, a fellow BBC Radio Suffolk presenter.

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