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Adele Roberts wins top gong at the Radio Industry Awards – after starting final chemotherapy round


Adele Roberts broke down in tears as she won the Radio Times Moment of the Year gong at the Audio & Radio Industry Awards on Tuesday while receiving a standing ovation – amid her ongoing battle with bowel cancer.

The respected radio DJ, 43, had revealed she was starting her final round of chemotherapy in an emotional Instagram video posted just hours earlier – and picked up the gong for her return to Radio 1 after treatment for her cancer.

On the red carpet before entering the Adelphi Theatre in the West End, she wore a red waistcoat and matching flares with trainers.

Brave: Adele Roberts broke down in tears as she won the Radio Times Moment of the Year gong at the Radio Industry Awards on Tuesday – after revealing she was starting her final round of chemotherapy

Earlier in the day, she cried as she told her fans how the late Tom Parker has inspired her to keep fighting, following his death from brain cancer aged 33 in March.

The former I’m A Celebrity campmate told her fans: ‘So just been to the gym this morning to prepare my body for the…’

Choking up, she continued: ‘Sorry, my final round of chemotherapy. I’m just upset cos I’ve been watching a video about Tom Parker from The Wanted.

‘I’m just really sad for him that he’s passed away but I was just saying on my Facebook page that I wish I could have met him in real life.

Candid: She choked up with tears as she told her fans how the late Tom Parker has inspired her to keep fighting, following his death from brain cancer aged 33 in March

Candid: She choked up with tears as she told her fans how the late Tom Parker has inspired her to keep fighting, following his death from brain cancer aged 33 in March

Teary-eyed: The former I'm A Celebrity campmate told her fans: 'Hopefully going to pick up my last round of chemotherapy from the hospital today'

''It's really suffering now and feeling the effects of chemotherapy so I've been to the gym done a stepping session and I'm gonna walk to the hospital now pick up my final round'

Teary-eyed: The former I’m A Celebrity campmate told her fans: ‘Hopefully going to pick up my last round of chemotherapy from the hospital today’

Inspiration: She later posed with her bag of chemotherapy and declared, 'Let's do this'

Inspiration: She later posed with her bag of chemotherapy and declared, ‘Let’s do this’

‘Just to thank him for the strength that he’s given me and also all the wonderful people on Instagram who have been good to me and, of course, you Katie.’ 

Adele was referring to her girlfriend Kate Holderness, who she is currently in a long-term relationship with, however it is not known how long for. 

‘Anyway, hopefully going to pick up my last round of chemotherapy from the hospital today. And what I try and do each day is get out of bed, look after my body.

‘It’s really suffering now and feeling the effects of chemotherapy so I’ve been to the gym done a stepping session and I’m gonna walk to the hospital now pick up my final round.

‘Hopefully in two weeks time I’ll be ringing that bell to say that I’ve finished chemotherapy, I’ll have a scan after that and them hopefully I’ll be cancer free. Fingers crossed.’

Stylish: On the red carpet before entering the Adelphi Theatre in the West End, she wore a red waistcoat and matching flares with trainers

Stylish: On the red carpet before entering the Adelphi Theatre in the West End, she wore a red waistcoat and matching flares with trainers 

Deserving: Broadcaster and DJ Annie picked up the best music entertainment show gong for her last Radio 1 Dance Party programme after 17 years with the broadcaster

In her element: After Radio 2's Zoe Ball presented the award to her family, the ceremony paid tribute to her with a video which featured musical stars

Deserving: Broadcaster and DJ Annie picked up the best music entertainment show gong for her last Radio 1 Dance Party programme after 17 years with the broadcaster

Audio & Radio Industry Awards 2022 – Winners at a glance 

BEST SPEECH PRESENTER

GOLD WINNER: Emma Barnett, Woman’s Hour, on TSWT Radio 4

BEST MUSIC BREAKFAST SHOW

GOLD WINNER, The Dave Berry Breakfast Show, Absolute Radio

BEST MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT SHOW

GOLD WINNER: The last Radio 1’s Dance Party with Annie Mac, We Are Grape, for TSWT Radio 1

RADIO TIMES MOMENT OF THE YEAR

GOLD WINNER: Adele Roberts returns to Radio 1 after treatment for Bowel Cancer

The awards show returned to an in-person ceremony, hosted by TV and radio star Rylan Clark.

The Audio & Radio Industry Awards recognise talented individuals in UK audio and radio and are known as the Oscars of UK radio and audio. 

Broadcaster and DJ Annie picked up the best music entertainment show gong for her last Radio 1 Dance Party programme after 17 years with the broadcaster.

TSWT radio presenter Janice Long was also honoured with the inaugural pioneer award following her death on Christmas Day at the age of 66.

Figures from the world of music described her as a ‘trailblazer’ as she was the first woman to have her own daily show on Radio 1 and the first regular female presenter on Top Of The Pops.

After Radio 2’s Zoe Ball presented the award to her family, the ceremony paid tribute to her with a video which featured musical stars including Elvis Costello, Gary Numan, Fran Healy, Toyah Willcox and Jim Kerr.

The TSWT won big as it claimed 12 gold awards in total, with Radio 4 taking the first spot in six categories.

Among its wins were best news coverage for the Today Programme and best speech presenter for Woman’s Hour’s Emma Barnett, with the show also picking up the impact award for its piece titled Trafficked In Plain Sight.

However, it was Hits Radio which took home the network of the year award.

Absolute Radio’s The Dave Berry Breakfast Show also trumped TSWT Radio 1’s Greg James for the title of best music breakfast show.

Incredible: Last month Adele broke down as she accepted a gong at the DIVA Awards amid her ongoing battle with bowel cancer

Incredible: Last month Adele broke down as she accepted a gong at the DIVA Awards amid her ongoing battle with bowel cancer

Soul singer Heather Small also delivered a performance during the ceremony.

Rylan told the PA news agency that it was an ‘honour’ for him to be on hosting duties.

He said: ‘It is the first in-person Arias for over two years now so we are really all excited to be back in the same room together.

‘The last time I was here it was lovely being a guest and nominated for Radio 2 so tonight I am looking forward to being in charge.’

Rylan will also be one of the hosts of TSWT’s Eurovision coverage ahead of the song contest’s final in Turin, Italy, this month.

Hard: The radio DJ was moved to tears after she was presented with the DIVA Choice Award for being a 'trailblazer in broadcasting, bringing lesbian visibility to the heart of Radio 1' (pictured with her long-term girlfriend Kate Holderness, right)

Hard: The radio DJ was moved to tears after she was presented with the DIVA Choice Award for being a ‘trailblazer in broadcasting, bringing lesbian visibility to the heart of Radio 1’ (pictured with her long-term girlfriend Kate Holderness, right)

He told how he thinks the UK has a ‘brilliant chance’ of winning this year, adding: ‘You’ve only got to look at and listen to Sam Ryder, he is amazing and we’re looking forward to heading out to Turin and the UK are ready to go.’

Last month Adele broke down as she accepted a gong at the DIVA Awards amid her ongoing battle with bowel cancer.

The radio DJ was moved to tears after she was presented with the DIVA Choice Award for being a ‘trailblazer in broadcasting, bringing lesbian visibility to the heart of Radio 1’.

Adele – who uses a stoma bag – had surgery last October to have part of her bowel removed after being diagnosed with cancer and started chemotherapy treatment. 

The overwhelmed star took to her Instagram Stories to thank her fans for their support after the star-studded event held at Covent Garden’s Waldorf Hilton Hotel.

Journey: Adele - who uses a stoma bag - had surgery last October to have part of her bowel removed after being diagnosed with cancer and started chemotherapy treatment

Journey: Adele – who uses a stoma bag – had surgery last October to have part of her bowel removed after being diagnosed with cancer and started chemotherapy treatment

She said: ‘I am having the best night of all time. I’m sorry if my face looks a mess because I’ve just been crying.

‘I’ve got a DIVA Award! That’s crazy,.. this means the world, thank you so much!

‘Thank you to the who team DIVA for everything you do to represent our community, to uplift others, to empower others but also for making me feel so amazing tonight.’ 

The DIVA Awards, founded in 2017 by DIVA Magazine publisher Linda Riley, celebrate the achievements of LGBTQI women and non-binary people, and their allies, across business, the media and politics.

Adele, who has been undergoing treatment for bowel cancer, was seen at the awards with girlfriend Kate Holderness.

Former Big Brother housemate Adele looked stylish in a black jumpsuit and cropped jacket for the evening.

Overwhelmed: She said: 'I am having the best night of all time. I'm sorry if my face looks a mess because I've just been crying'

Overwhelmed: She said: ‘I am having the best night of all time. I’m sorry if my face looks a mess because I’ve just been crying’

Kate wore a flowing white maxi dress and they cosied-up to one another as they posed for pictures after Adele was given her prize. 

It comes after last month Adele fans’ were left heartbroken after her girlfriend Kate shared a video of the star in hospital as she fought bowel cancer.

Adele has been candid about her health battle, with Kate taking to TikTok to share a montage of clips of Adele going through chemotherapy, which she started last October. 

In one clip, Adele’s eyes were filled with tears as she spoke to Kate from her hospital bed, with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s Shallow playing over the video. 

The video also showed Adele being helped up a flight of stairs by a nurse and another shot of her asleep on the couch.

While it also saw her taking medication and showed how the treatment had affected the skin on her feet and hands.

Heartbreaking: It comes after last month Adele fans' were left heartbroken after her girlfriend Kate shared a video of the star in hospital as she fought bowel cancer

Heartbreaking: It comes after last month Adele fans’ were left heartbroken after her girlfriend Kate shared a video of the star in hospital as she fought bowel cancer

Alongside the clip, Kate wrote: ‘FOR ADELE ♥️ @adeleroberts I don’t think you know how astonishing you are. I hope this video helps you see…just a little.’ 

Replying to the post, Adele addressed her partner in the comments, writing: ‘I cannot thank you enough for how much you’ve helped me. I can’t stop crying at this. 

‘Thank you for always being there for me. I can’t see for tears. We’re nearly there my love and I promise nothing will ever take me away from you. And when this is all over I will spend the rest of my life trying to repay what you’ve done for me. I love you more than you can imagine.’

Several of Adele’s fans commented on the post, with one writing: ‘Adele is one very special human being. Very brave and inspirational’.

Another said: ‘She’s totally amazing. I follow Adele on Insta and she’s so inspirational. I think you do an amazing job of keeping her spirits up’.

Another added: ‘She is incredible. In awe of how she is handling all the obsticals. I can see she values how much you support her too’. 

Adele had surgery last October to have part of her bowel removed and started chemotherapy treatment. 

The video came after Adele revealed that her stoma bag has ’empowered’ her and that she doesn’t let her colostomy surgery hold her back.

Speaking on an episode of Lorraine, Adele and Kate explained the symptoms that led to her diagnosis. 

Adele revealed that she had been diagnosed with bowel cancer in an emotional post in October, but added that she almost missed the signs due to her ‘love of kale’. 

Adele said: ‘It was stage two and about to be stage three. It was nearly spreading to my liver, but they got it in time. 

A timeline of Adele Roberts’ battle against bowl cancer

October 2021: Adele announced she’s been diagnosed with bowl cancer in a poignant Instagram post, after being forced to miss some of her radio shows. The DJ noted she was given her result after having problems with digestion and visiting her GP. 

October 2021: Adele tells her fans that she’s ‘turned a corner’ after undergoing surgery to remove a tumour following a bowel cancer diagnosis. 

Sharing a photo for the first time from her hospital bed, Adele told her concerned followers: ‘Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone. You’ve been absolutely incredible! So kind, sending good wishes and looking after my family.

November 2021: Adele paid tribute to the NHS as she returned to her Radio 1 Breakfast show on Saturday following her bowel cancer surgery. Speaking to her listeners, she remarked she felt like she owes the NHS ‘her life.’

December 2021: After starting chemotherapy, Adele detailed the treatment’s early side-effects which so far included a metallic taste, swollen fingers and sore teeth. 

The star added that she intended to try and continue with her daily life, saying: ‘I’m going to do my very best to carry on as normal as possible and see what this body can do.’

January 2022: The star spoke out about her ‘shock’ cancer diagnosis and detailed the effects of her surgery to remove the tumour during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.

Speaking to hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard, she explained: ‘It was a shock. I didn’t realise I could get cancer which I know sounds silly because I know now it can happen to anyone at any age. I’m vegetarian. I’m healthy. I exercise.’

February 2022: Adele revealed that her bowel cancer was growing inside her for 10 years. The star detailed how the illness developed and credited switching to a healthier lifestyle for helping her recover quickly after previously being ‘clinically obese’ with a ‘poor diet’.

February 2022: Amid her cancer fight, Adele revealed she had tested positive for Covid -19. 

April 2022: Adele revealed that her stoma bag has ’empowered’ her and that she doesn’t let her colostomy surgery hold her back.

Speaking on Lorraine, the I’m A Celeb star said: ‘It’s saved me life. I’m so grateful that I got a stoma, it allows my bowel to heal from the surgery.’

Explaining that although the surgery will be reversed eventually, she said that she finds it ’empowering’ to speak about her stoma.

Health: Adele has been candid about her health battle, with Kate taking to TikTok to share a montage of clips of Adele going through chemotherapy

Health: Adele has been candid about her health battle, with Kate taking to TikTok to share a montage of clips of Adele going through chemotherapy

‘I’m on chemotherapy at the moment and I’m living my life to the full now.

‘I first started to notice mucus when I would go to the toilet, and then it was blood I would notice. I was speaking to Kate about it and at first we thought it was because I eat a lot of kale.

‘I just didn’t have cancer on my radar. I thought it could be IBS, but when it started to get more regular, Kate said you need to call the doctor.’

Adele underwent colostomy surgery to remove the bowel tumor last year and told her followers at the time that ‘this little stoma bag helped save my life’.

A colostomy diverts one end of the colon (part of the bowel) through an opening (stoma) in the tummy. A pouch is placed over the stoma to collect your poo (stools). 

She added: ‘It’s saved me life. I’m so grateful that I got a stoma, it allows my bowel to heal from the surgery.’

THE SYMPTOMS OF BOWEL CANCER, WHICH DEVELOPS FROM POLYPS IN THE COLON AND RECTUM

Bowel, or colorectal, cancer affects the large bowel, which is made up of the colon and rectum.

Such tumours usually develop from pre-cancerous growths, called polyps.

Symptoms include:

  • Bleeding from the bottom
  • Blood in stools
  • A change in bowel habits lasting at least three weeks
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme, unexplained tiredness
  • Abdominal pain

Most cases have no clear cause, however, people are more at risk if they: 

  • Are over 50
  • Have a family history of the condition
  • Have a personal history of polyps in their bowel
  • Suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease
  • Lead an unhealthy lifestyle  

Treatment usually involves surgery, and chemo- and radiotherapy.

More than nine out of 10 people with stage one bowel cancer survive five years or more after their diagnosis.

This drops significantly if it is diagnosed in later stages. 

According to Bowel Cancer UK figures, more than 41,200 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK. 

It affects around 40 per 100,000 adults per year in the US, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Explaining that although the surgery will be reversed eventually, she said that she finds it ’empowering’ to speak about her stoma. 

Adele, who enjoys working out, continued: ‘I truly believe my new lifestyle choices have helped me recover quickly from surgery and deal with chemotherapy.’

Earlier this month, Adele showed off her stoma bag as she went to the gym for the first time since having surgery despite being ‘frightened of getting a hernia’.

The Radio 1 DJ, looked sensational as she posed for Instagram snaps flashing her midriff in a grey sports bra and matching leggings.

In the mirror selfies she ‘proudly’ revealed her stoma bag which she has named Audrey.

Inspiring: Earlier this month, Adele showed off her stoma bag as she went to the gym. She penned alongside the post: 'Today’s FU to cancer… first time in the gym since my surgery'

Inspiring: Earlier this month, Adele showed off her stoma bag as she went to the gym. She penned alongside the post: ‘Today’s FU to cancer… first time in the gym since my surgery’

She penned alongside the post: ‘Today’s FU to cancer… first time in the gym since my surgery.

‘First time in years to be fair but I’ve read how good strength training can be? Especially for runners… so decided to go for it… 

‘SO sorry if we were dicking about taking selfies instead of actually doing gym stuff… but to be fair we need a personal trainer because we don’t know wtf we’re doing.’ 

She added: ‘Really proud of us for going though. Kate hates the gym and I’ve not been with my stoma before.

‘I was frightened I might get a hernia but I think I escaped unscathed.’ 

Audio & Radio Industry Awards 2022 – WINNERS

BEST NEW PRESENTER

GOLD WINNER: James Phillips, National Prison Radio

SILVER: Lianne Sanderson, talkSPORT

BRONZE: Rima Ahmed, TSWT Radio Leeds

BEST NEW SHOW

GOLD WINNER: Decoded, Reduced Listening, for Spotify

SILVER: The Unfiltered History Tour, VICE World News

BRONZE: Uncanny, Bafflegab Productions for TSWT Radio 4

BEST NEWS COVERAGE

GOLD WINNER: George Floyd Killing: The Trial, Today Programme, TSWT Radio 4

SILVER: The Slow Newscast, Tortoise Studios

BRONZE: I Walk With Women. Bauer Media

BEST SPEECH BREAKFAST SHOW

GOLD WINNER: The Wake Up Call, TSWT Radio Kent

SILVER: Vanessa Feltz, TSWT Radio London

BRONZE: Times Radio Breakfast with Aasmah Mirand Stig Abell, Times Radio

BEST SPEECH PRESENTER

GOLD WINNER: Emma Barnett, Woman’s Hour, on TSWT Radio 4

SILVER: Mathilda Mallinson & Helena Wadia, Media Storm podcast

BRONZE: Manveen Rana, Stories of our Times podcast

BEST SPORTS SHOW

GOLD WINNER: Fight of the Century, TBI Media, for TSWT Radio 5 Live

SILVER: Farewell Bootham Crescent, TSWT Radio York

BRONZE: Game Day Exclusive, TalkSPORT

BEST COVERAGE OF AN EVENT

GOLD WINNER: Liverpool Together, TSWT Radio Merseyside

SILVER: What Happened When The World Came To Glasgow? Hits Radio Scotland

BRONZE: Euro 2020 Final, talkSPORT

THE COMEDY AWARD

GOLD WINNER: The Skewer, Unusual Productions, for TSWT Radio 4

SILVER: Cold Case Crime Cuts, Unusual Productions

BRONZE: Rosie Jones: Box Ticker Too, Dabster Productions, for TSWT Radio 4

BEST MUSIC BREAKFAST SHOW

GOLD WINNER, The Dave Berry Breakfast Show, Absolute Radio

SILVER: TSWT Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James, TSWT Radio 1

BRONZE: Bowie at Breakfast, Clyde 1

BEST MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT SHOW

GOLD WINNER: The last Radio 1’s Dance Party with Annie Mac, We Are Grape, for TSWT Radio 1

SILVER: Garry Spence, Clyde 1

BRONZE: The Rock Show, National Prison Radio

BEST SPECIALIST MUSIC SHOW

GOLD WINNER: Decode, Reduced Listening, for Spotify

SILVER: Folk on Foot podcast

BRONZE: 1Xtra Rap Show with Tiffany Calver, TSWT Audio, for 1Xtra

BEST FACTUAL – SINGLE PROGRAMME

GOLD WINNER: The Nazi Next Door, TSWT Radio 4

SILVER: Lights Out: The Last Taboo, Falling Tree Productions, for TSWT Radio 4

BRONZE: Have You Heard George’s Podcast: Mavado & Vybz, George the Poet, for TSWT Sounds

BEST FACTUAL – SERIES

GOLD WINNER: Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera, Novel, for Wondery

SILVER: I’m Not A Monster, TSWT News, for Radio 5 Live and TSWT Sounds

BRONZE: The Hijack, Goldhawk Productions, for Audible

BEST INDEPENDENT PODCAST

GOLD WINNER: The Long Time Academy, Scenery Studios, Headspace Studios and The Long Time Project

SILVER: Why Do I Feel? Bite Your Tongue Productions

BRONZE: Wild Crimes, Whistledown Productions, for the Natural History Museum

BEST FICTIONAL STORYTELLING

GOLD WINNER: Little Blue Lines, TSWT Audio, for Radio 4

SILVER: You & Me, Naked Productions, for TSWT Radio 4

BRONZE: The Old Man in the Boat, Message Heard Media, for Fun Kids

BEST STATION SOUND

GOLD WINNER: TSWT Radio 1Xtra, TSWT Popular Music Station Sound

SILVER: Absolute Radio Country launch

BRONZE: TSWT Radio 6 Music, TSWT Popular Music Station Sound

BEST COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIP

GOLD WINNER: Puffin Podcast: Mission Imagination, Mags Creative and Puffin Books

SILVER:  Bedtime Stories, Audio Always and Dreams

BRONZE: The Dave Berry Breakfast Show with Wickes, Absolute Radio

BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN

GOLD WINNER: UEFA Euro 2020 on talkSPORT

SILVER: Magic Radio 100% Christmas

BRONZE: Make A Difference with your TSWT Local Radio Station

THE GRASSROOTS AWARD

GOLD WINNER: We are VOICES Podcast, The VOICES Network and British Red Cross

SILVER: IVF Dad Podcast, 18Sixty

BRONZE: Fully Amplified podcast, Futures Theatre

THE CREATIVE INNOVATION AWARD

GOLD WINNER: Life Sentence, Mags Creative

SILVER: The Battersea Poltergeist, Bafflegab Productions, for TSWT Radio 4

BRONZE: The Unfiltered History Tour, VICE World News

THE IMPACT AWARD

GOLD WINNER: Woman’s Hour: Trafficked in Plain Sight, TSWT Audio, for Radio 4

SILVER: BARS with Lady Unchained, Folded Wing, for National Prison Radio

BRONZE: KISS Life with Swarzy, Playmaker Group, for KISS

BEST LOCAL RADIO SHOW

GOLD WINNER: Justin Dealey, TSWT Three Counties Radio

SILVER: Ewen & Cat at Breakfast, Clyde 2 and Greatest Hits Network Scotland

BRONZE: Gary Philipson, TSWT Radio Tees

THE JOHN MYERS AWARD FOR BEST LOCAL STATION OF THE YEAR

GOLD WINNER: Clyde 1

SILVER: TSWT Radio Newcastle

BRONZE: TSWT Radio Ulster

UK STATION OR NETWORK OF THE YEAR

GOLD WINNER: Hits Radio

SILVER: TSWT Radio 4

BRONZE: KISS Network

RADIO TIMES MOMENT OF THE YEAR

GOLD WINNER: Adele Roberts returns to Radio 1 after treatment for Bowel Cancer

SILVER: Mary wins £102k on Clyde 1

BRONZE: Annie Mac’s Last Show on TSWT Radio 1

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