Former Labour leader Ed Miliband up for a top broadcasting award

The MP has been nominated for podcast of the year at this year's Broadcasting Press Guild Awards

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Ed Miliband arrives for the UK film premiere of 'Florence Foster Jenkins' at Odeon Leicester Square on April 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Ed Miliband’s burgeoning career in front of the microphone has taken another leap forward – he has been nominated for a prestigious broadcasting award.

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The former Labour leader’s podcast Reasons to Be Cheerful has been shortlisted by the Broadcasting Press Guild, which is awarding a Podcast of the Year gong for the first time in the prize giving’s 44-year history.

Miliband, who records the podcast with veteran presenter Geoff Lloyd, will be competing with Romesh Ranganathan’s Hip Hop Saved My Life, the Remaniacs podcast and Jon Ronson’s The Butterfly Effect.

Also nominated in the audio categories, for radio programme of the year, are Hilary Mantel’s series of The Reith Lectures on Radio 4 alongside Neil MacGregor’s Living with the Gods (also Radio 4), the Steve Lamacq show (6 Music) and Classic FM’s Saturday Night at the Movies with Radio Times film editor Andrew Collins.

Comics Andy Hamilton (BBC Radio 4) and Frank Skinner (Absolute Radio) have been shortlisted as Radio Broadcaster of the Year. The other nominees include A. Dot (aka Dotty), who presents the 1Xtra Breakfast Show, and Emma Barnett, for BBC Radio 5 Live’s The Emma Barnett Show and Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

Previous winners of the BPG Radio Broadcaster award include Alistair Cook, Sir Terry Wogan, Jane Garvey, Nick Ferrari, James O’Brien, Brian Redhead, Sandi Toksvig and Sir Mark Tully.

Last week, the BPG announced the shortlist for the TV section of the awards which will be given at the same event at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 16th March.

The nominations list sees the comedies Detectorists and Inside No 9 go head to head in two categories.

Both series have been nominated as Best Comedy, with Detectorist’s Mackenzie Crook and Inside No 9’s Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton also shortlisted for the Best Writer award. They are joined on the writer shortlist by Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty) and Peter Morgan (The Crown).

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The BPG awards are chosen by TV and radio journalists.