Vale Radio's very own Ellie gets another broadcast award!

Vale Radio's Golden Oldies Girl Ellie Jackson (Dame Ellie to us here at Vale Radio) has scooped up Bronze At A National Broadcasting Awards Ceremony

This is the seventh time in eight years that the presenter, from Pateley Bridge, has been a finalist in these important industry awards.

Photo courtesy of Harrogate Hospital Radio

Photo courtesy of Harrogate Hospital Radio

In their deliberations, the judges said they loved the fact Ellie “was clearly being herself on the radio”, with one adding, “I got a feeling of real commitment – an authentic broadcaster, doing her thing”.

Vale Radio Programmes Director, Chris Marsden said: "She's going to have to get a bigger mantelpiece for all these awards. Problem is, Ellie is just like a magpie and likes shiny things"

He added: "In all seriousness, her dedication to detail and ability to make it feel like you are the only person in the room is a great talent"

Ellie who also has dedicated her broadcasting life to Harrogate Hospital Radio, chairman Mark Oldfield said: “With Harrogate Hospital Radio celebrating its 40th anniversary later this year, this is fantastic for Ellie and for us and it comes hot on the heels of the station retaining the Duke of York’s Community Initiative award."

“Ellie has been constantly shortlisted in these awards and it’s just superb she has won bronze in the Best Female Presenter category. This is an amazing achievement and everyone at Harrogate Hospital is immensely proud of her.”

He added: “In addition to her presenting duties, Ellie is in charge of the station’s fund-raising activities. She is a very popular member of the team and is greatly valued by all of us at Harrogate Hospital Radio.”

The National Hospital Radio awards - which were announced at a ceremony at the Cloisters in Bolton - were the main part of the Hospital Broadcasting Awards annual conference attended by hospital radio station from across the UK.

Anyone wanting to find out more about Harrogate Hospital Radio, and the work it does, should contact the station on 01423 553342 or visit its website at

Chris Marsden

Vale Radio, Unit 1, 16 The Village, Haxby, York, York