It was a triumphant night for northern-based radio at the Sony Awards last night. Radio 5 live was the night's big winner, taking home the coveted UK Station of the Year prize ahead of Classic FM and the BBC Asian Network.

Ian Briggs has left to become head of media relations at Finn Communications. Briggs, who has also had spells on the Yorkshire Post and Telegraph & Argus in Bradford, joined the site when it launched in 2007.

Leeds-based agency McGrath O'Toole has announced the departure of CEO Martin O'Toole. According to a statement issued by the agency, O'Toole's departure is "by mutual agreement" and follows his intention to "move in a different direction to that of the company".

Lancashire-based TV station Premier Sports has selected specialists Media 15 to handle airtime sales and sponsorship for this autumn’s forthcoming Rugby League World Cup. The digital subscription sports channel will be broadcasting every game of the tournament with all the England games to be shown on BBC1.

Twentysix Search has been appointed by DFDS Seaways UK as its SEO partner after a competitive pitch. The Leeds agency has been tasked with targeting the company's UK outbound passenger routes, including Dover to Calais and Newcastle to Amsterdam, and delivering a seven-figure sum of additional sales and revenue within the current financial year.

A private stand-up gig from Justin Moorhouse is the prize being offered in a new Facebook campaign by Ronseal. The comedian has been signed up by Manchester PR agency Brazen as it launches a new 'Deck Out Your Decking' competition for the Sheffield-based company's 25,000-strong Facebook community.

Headland Media, which supplies media and entertainment services and has offices in Liverpool and Leeds, has been bought by US investor KVH Industries for £15.5m. Headland, which was originally bought by Oakley Capital Investments from BSkyB in June 2008, provides training, news and media to sectors including cruise ships, retailers, supermarkets and gym chains.

A BBC Radio Stoke DJ was replaced during her farewell afternoon show after she started slurring her words on air and sounding drunk. Paula White started her final show at 1pm on Friday after six years as the station's afternoon presenter.

Granada Reports beat off competition from the BBC and Channel 4 last night to pick up a TV BAFTA for its coverage of the revelations presented by the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

Regional publisher Johnston Press has reported its first increase in operating profit in seven years - despite another sharp dip in revenue. The owner of the Lancashire Evening Post, Yorkshire Post and Blackpool Gazette announced that its total revenues were down 11.4% on a like-for-like basis for the 18-week period up to May 4.


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