Gervais competes for top radio prize

Ricky Gervais is going head to head with Jonathan Ross and Stephen Fry to be named radio's top presenter.

Ricky Gervais is going head to head with Jonathan Ross and Stephen Fry to be named radio's top presenter.

They are in the running for the best entertainment title at the annual Sony Awards.

Radio 2 presenter Ross is up for two Sony prizes - which will be handed out on May 8 - for the fourth consecutive year.

Also competing for the entertainment prize are 96 Trent FM's Jo & Twiggy and XFm's Christian O'Connell, who is also a double nominee with a nod for top breakfast show.

Gervais - star of BBC2's The Office - landed his place on the shortlist for his show on London's XFm, while Fry is rewarded for his Classic FM slot.

Ross picked up his other nomination in the best single programme section - awarded to an outstanding edition of a show - when he he fulfilled a long-standing ambition to land David Bowie as a guest on his Saturday slot.

He is also up against Fry - a triple nominee - in that same section, who is shortlisted for his Classic show The Incomplete And Utter History of Classical Music. The programme also earns Fry his third nomination in the best comedy section.

One of the most hotly contested prizes, the music breakfast show award, features just one national programme - Radio 2's Wake Up To Wogan.

Radio 1's rap DJ Tim Westwood is up for the top music broadcaster title along with Radio 2's Mark Lamarr and Paul Gambaccini. The category is completed by Kiss 100's Bam Bam and Manchester station Key 103's JK and Joel.

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