The BBC Asian Network is celebrating today after it received three nominations for the radio equivalent to the Oscars.

The Sony Radio Awards is an annual event, which takes place in April/May celebrating the best of British radio.

The BBC Asian Network, which underwent a huge revamp last year, has been nominated for the ‘Best Digital Station’ award, competing with the likes of Gaydar Radio and FUN Radio. It۪s the first time the Asian Network has been nominated for this award.

Bobby Friction’s weeknight show ‘Friction’ has also been nominated for a Sony Radio gong for ‘Best Specialist Show’. He, however, faces some stiff competition from Tim Westwood’s Radio One show, 6 Music’s ‘The Freak Zone’ and Radio Scotland’s ‘Jazz House’.

In 2004, Bobby Friction won the ‘Best Specialist Show’ award and is hoping to repeat the success. In 2005, Friction was also up for the ‘news programme of the year’ award for Vote Friction, a documentary he presented for Radio One.

The Asian Network’s new documentary strand ‘Report’ also received the nomination for the ‘News Feature Award’ for it programme – ‘Love, Honour and Obey’ – about honour killings.

The 25th Sony Radio Awards this year takes place on the evening of Monday 30th April at Grosvenor House in London.