VRN presenter nominated for radio award

Anas Hassan
Anas Hassan

Kirkcaldy’s award-winning hospital radio station, Victoria Radio Network, has been nominated for a major national award.

Anas Hassan, who is one of the station’s presenters, interviewed Emmy-nominated screenwriter Kevin Toolis about his much talked about play ‘The Confessions of Gordon Brown’.

The interview and Anas’ reflections on the show have been nominated for a ‘Best Speech Package’ at the national Hospital Radio Awards which take place in March.

The drama was a prominent feature at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it explored the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP’s time as British Prime Minister.

It attracted national attention across the British media and played to packed audiences during its run.

Commenting on the nomination, Anas, who joined the station in February last year, said: “I am absolutely ecstatic to have my speech package shortlisted.

“I was very grateful for getting the opportunity to interview Kevin about his play and the attention it got, and I want to thank him once again for talking to Victoria Radio Network.

“I also want to pay tribute to my family, friends and fellow presenters and members at the station for all the superb support they have given me since I joined.

“I cannot wait to fly the flag for Victoria Radio Network and for Scotland in March.”

There are nine other contenders hoping to win the ‘Best Speech Package’ award, and the winners are set to be announced at the end of March.

‘The Confessions of Gordon Brown’ can be seen at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, from March 11-15 and at the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes on April 12.