Norwich broadcaster wins prestigious parliamentary jazz award

Norwich-based BBC local radio presenter Paul Barnes won a prestigious prize at the 2011 Parliamentary Jazz Awards at the House of Commons on Tuesday night.

The presenter and reporter of over 40 years - on radio shows such as Today, The World at One and Jazz Notes - was named broadcaster of the year for his work on The Late Paul Barnes show.

Hosted by broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, many MPs, peers and renowned jazz musicians were present on the night including Jamie Cullum, Dame Cleo Laine and Lord David Steel of Aikwood.

The Late Paul Barnes show is on every Saturday night at 11pm and has evolved into a jazz programme from a phone-in show over the 15 years that it has been broadcast on BBC Radio Norfolk.

Mr Barnes said of his award: 'Good music makes good jazz broadcasters, I also have great listeners. They are loyal, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and wonderfully generous to the extent where they will send me rare recordings so they can be shared with others.'

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