The nominations for the IRN News Awards 2013 have been announced today.

The winners will be revealed at the awards dinner on Wednesday 27 March at the Century Club in London.

This year there are eight categories including a new Rising Star Award for student journalists.

The judges will also honour one individual or news team with a Gold Award, recognising outstanding contribution to the commercial radio industry.

Real Radio YorkshireTen of the short-listed are from the North with Real Radio Yorkshire picking up two nominations.

IRN managing director Tim Molloy said: “We have had a record number of entries this year, and the standard has been extremely high. It shows that commercial radio has a real talent for connecting with its listeners and keeping them informed and entertained. I wish the nominees the very best of luck.”

The nominees are:

Best News Team or Newsroom under 750,000 TSA
Radio Aire
Jack FM Hertfordshire
Mix 96

Best News Team or Newsroom over 750,000 TSA
Real Radio Scotland
Wave 105
Capital East Midlands

Best News Special or Feature
Don’t Bet On It – Radio City 96.7
Gangs – Capital East Midlands
Ciaran’s Cause – Real Radio North West

Best Sports Story
Rangers In Crisis: The Demise Of An Institution – Clyde 1 and Clyde 2
Memories of 1948: What Was It Like Last Time? – Glide FM
If Yorkshire Was A Country: Olympics 2012 – Yorkshire Radio

Newsreader of the Year
Simon Conway – Metro Radio
Paula Hughes – Real Radio Wales
Aileen O’Sullivan – Kiss/The Hits

Reporter of the Year
Dan Freedman – LBC 97.3
Natalie Glanvill-Rose – Real Radio Yorkshire News
Rebecca Dixon – Metro Radio

Rising Star Award
Yasmin Khan – London College of Communication
Dave Rhodes – Sheffield University/Mansfield 103.2
Hannah Smith – University Radio York

And Finally Award
Olympic Uniform Battle – Absolute Radio
The Love Plane – Real Radio Yorkshire
Eat For Free – Metro Radio